Cast of "Rent" Film Visits Regis and Kelly Oct. 13

News   Cast of "Rent" Film Visits Regis and Kelly Oct. 13
The cast of the upcoming film of "Rent" will visit hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on "Live with Regis and Kelly" Oct. 13.

The "Rent" company is scheduled to perform a song from the Jonathan Larson film, which hits movie theatres across the country Nov. 23. The "Regis and Kelly" broadcast will also feature actress Charlize Theron, who will discuss her role in the new film "North Country," as well as Rev Run, who will chat about his MTV reality series "Run's House."

"Live with Regis and Kelly" airs in the metropolitan area on WABC-TV Channel 7 from 9-10 AM ET; check local listings.

"Rent," based on Larson's award-winning musical of the same name, was directed by Chris Columbus for Sony Pictures. The motion picture boasts many of the stars of the original Broadway production. Those reprising their roles for the film, which features a screenplay by director Columbus and Stephen Chbosky, include Taye Diggs (as Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (as Angel Schunard), Jesse L. Martin (as Thomas B. "Thom" Collins), Idina Menzel (as Maureen Johnson), Adam Pascal (as Roger Davis) and Anthony Rapp (as Mark Cohen). Newcomers include Rosario Dawson as Mimi with Tracie Thoms as Joanne Jefferson. The roles of Mimi and Joanne were created on Broadway by, respectively, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Fredi Walker.

Rent updates Puccini's La Boheme to the East Village of the late 1990's, with artists and lovers struggling to connect in a world that is chaotic, shallow and tinged with disease. The late Jonathan Larson wrote Rent's book, music and lyrics. The 1996 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical continues at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City.

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