Looking Back at Rent on Broadway

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Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical, directed by Michael Greif, opened at the Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996.
Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal
Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal

Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent opened on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre April 29, 1996. The production, directed by Michael Greif, played over 5,000 performances, running for 12 years before closing on September 7, 2008. The production would go on to be nominated for 10 Tony Awards, earning five wins including Best Musical.

The cast included Gilles Chiasson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rodney Hicks, Kristen Lee Kelly, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Aiko Nakasone, Timothy Britten Parker, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gwen Stewart, Byron Utley, and Fredi Walker.

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The production featured choreography by Marlies Yearby, scenic design by Paul Clay, costume design by Angela Wendt, lighting design by Blake Burba, and sound design by Kurt Fischer.

The musical was later turned into a film in 2005, reuniting many of the original cast members including Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, and more.

The musical returned to the screen again in 2019 with Fox's Rent live. The telecast, directed by Greif, starred Jordan Fisher as Mark, Vanessa Hudgens as Maureen, Brennin Hunt as Roger, Tinashe as Mimi, Valentina as Angel, Brandon Victor Dixon as Tom Collins, Kiersey Clemons as Joanne, and Mario as Benny.

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