Pascal Herniates Disc; Shields Will Play Roger in Rent's Detroit Engagement

News   Pascal Herniates Disc; Shields Will Play Roger in Rent's Detroit Engagement
Adam Pascal, who originated the role of Roger in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Rent, has herniated a disc and will be unable to perform in the Detroit engagement of the Jonathan Larson musical.

Adam Pascal
Adam Pascal

Cary Shields, according to a press statement, will play the role of Roger during the Detroit run, which continues through Feb. 22 at the Detroit Opera House.

Shields played the role of Roger for a year-and-a-half in the show's Broadway production. He also appeared on Broadway in Taboo and in the Falsettos national tour.

Rent, The Broadway Tour, also features Anthony Rapp (Mark) and Gwen Stewart (the "Seasons of Love" soloist) reprising the roles they originated on Broadway. Joining them are 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), with Karmine Alers, Toby Blackwell, Adam Halpin, Trisha Jeffrey, Telly Leung, Caren Lyn Manuel, Jed Resnick, Andy Senor, Yuka Takara and John Watson.

Justin Johnston (Angel), Michael McElroy (Collins), and Stewart were all members of the final company of Rent, which played its last performance on Broadway Sept. 7, 2008.

Rent, with book, music and lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, is directed by Michael Greif, who received 1996 Tony and Drama Desk nominations as well as the Obie Award for Rent, and choreographed by Marlies Yearby, who received a Tony Award nomination for her work on the musical. Tim Weil, the show's original music supervisor and conductor, serves as music supervisor.

The rock musical charts the lives of a group of friends and lovers struggling with art, commerce, love and death in the age of AIDS.

The Detroit Opera House is located at 1526 Broadway Street in Detroit, MI.

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