Johnston, McElroy, Lawson and More Will Join Pascal and Rapp on Rent Tour

News   Johnston, McElroy, Lawson and More Will Join Pascal and Rapp on Rent Tour
Additional casting has been announced for the new national tour of Rent, which will kick off Jan. 6, 2009, at the Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH, starring the previously announced Adam Pascal as Roger and Anthony Rapp as Mark.

Michael McElroy and Justin Johnston in Rent.
Michael McElroy and Justin Johnston in Rent. Photo by Casey Stouffer

Joining Pascal and Rapp on tour will be Nicolette Hart (Maureen Johnson), Justin Johnston (Angel Schunard), Lexi Lawson (Mimi Marquez), Michael McElroy (Tom Collins), Jacques C. Smith (Benjamin Coffin III), Haneefah Wood (Joanne Jefferson) and Gwen Stewart as the "Seasons of Love" soloist.

The ensemble will comprise Karmine Alers, Toby Blackwell, Adam Halpin, Trisha Jeffrey, Telly Leung, Caren Lyn Manuel, Jed Resnick, Andy Senor, Yuka Takara and John Watson.

The new production of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical by Jonathan Larson will play the Cleveland venue through Jan. 11, 2009.

The start of the fresh tour happens four months after the closing of the Broadway show, which ended Sept. 7 after 12 years.

Tours of Rent have crisscrossed North America almost continuously since late 1996 grossing over $330 million. The musical has been translated into every major language and been performed on six continents, including in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Written by the late Larson and directed by Michael Greif, Rent opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996, following a sold-out, extended limited engagement at Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Larson did not live to see the show's success. He died of an undiagnosed heart ailment — later determined to be Marfan Syndrome — on the eve of the musical's Off-Broadway debut.

The upcoming tour will visit the following cities: Cleveland, OH (January 6-11, 2009); Buffalo, NY (January 13-18); Durham, NC (January 20-25); Charlotte, NC (January 27-February 1); Philadelphia, PA (February 3-8); Newark, NJ (February 10-15); Detroit, MI (February 17-22); Los Angeles, CA (March 3-8); San Diego, CA (March 10-15); Tempe, AZ (March 17-22); Minneapolis, MN (March 24-29); Chicago, IL (March 31-April 12); Pittsburgh, PA (April 14-19); Rochester, NY (April 21-26); Houston, TX (April 28-May 3); Dallas, TX (May 5-10); Austin, TX (May 12-17); Washington, DC (May 26-31); St. Louis, MO (June 2-7); Denver, CO (June 9-14); Seattle, WA (June 16-21); Portland, OR (June 23-28); Tampa, FL (July 7-12); Boston, MA (July 14-26) and Schenectady, NY (July 28-Aug 2).

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