The 20th anniversary national tour of Jonathan Larson’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent, which launched in September 2016, has announced several cast changes for dates in 2017–2018.
Recent additions to the non-Equity cast include Sammy Ferber as Mark Cohen, Aaron Alcaraz as Angel Dumott Schunard, Lyndie Moe as Maureen Johnson, and Marcus John as Benny Coffin III.
Original touring cast members remaining with the production include Kaleb Wells as Roger Davis, Skyler Volpe as Mimi Marquez, Aaron Harrington as Tom Collins, and Jasmine Easler as Joanne Jefferson.
The ensemble features DevinRé Adams, Alana Cauthen, Ashley De La Rosa, Jordan Dunn-Pilz, Logan Farine, Devin J. Hall, Paola Hernandez, Jordan Long, Felix Marchany, Cameron W. Mullin, Chrissy Naruo, and Yael Reich.
Evan Ensign stages the tour based on original direction by Michael Greif. Original Broadway creatives Marlies Yearby (choreography), Angela Wendt (costume design), and Tim Weil (music supervision and additional arrangements) are joined by Jonathan Spencer (lighting design), Keith Caggiano (sound design), MiRi Park (associate choreographer), and Matthew E. Maraffi (adapting original scenic design by Paul Clay) to make up the creative team for the tour.
Inside Rehearsal with Rent's 20th Anniversary Tour
According to production notes, “A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters-love.”
The show received its world premiere Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop February 13, 1996, and transferred to Broadway April 29, 1996, where it ran for 5,123 performances. Rent won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.