When it launched in January with original stars Adam Pascal as Roger, Anthony Rapp as Mark and Gwen Stewart as the "Seasons of Love" soloist, dates had only been announced to August. The tour's website now reveals dates to Jan. 21, 2010. Playbill.com has learned that the headliners are on board. (Complete casting for the fall has not been officially announced.)
The production of Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning, Pulitzer Prize-honored rock musical about artists and lovers struggling for connection and expression in the age of AIDS is currently playing in Japan (to Aug. 30). A South Korean engagement follows Sept. 8-20.
Here's the tour schedule:
Aug. 7-30: Tokyo, Japan, Akasaka ACT Theatre
Sept. 8-20: Seoul, South Korea, KBS Performing Hall
Oct. 6-18: San Francisco, CA, Curran Theatre
Oct. 20-25: Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Performing Arts Center
Oct. 28-Nov. 1: Cincinnati, OH, Aronoff Center for the Arts
Nov. 3-8: Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Nov. 10-15: Des Moines, IA, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Nov. 17-22: Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
Dec. 1-6: Orlando, FL, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
Dec. 8-13: Miami, FL, The Fillmore, Miami Beach
Jan. 19-24, 2010 Toronto, Canada, The Canon Theatre
Jan. 26-31, 2010, Madison, WI, Overture Center
Additional markets are expected to be announced. *
The new Broadway national tour of the smash musical, Rent, launched Jan. 6-11 at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland.
Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum and Allan S. Gordon produce the Michael Greif-directed tour, which comes on the heels of the September 2008 closing of the long-running Broadway production. The 1996 musical by Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Larson (who penned book, music and lyrics) concerns a group of bohemian friends and lovers struggling with art, relationships and their sense of self "at the end of the millennium," in the age of AIDS.
Joining Tony nominee Pascal and Rapp, who reprise their award-winning roles as Roger and Mark, respectively, were Stewart (as the "Seasons of Love" soloist), plus Nicolette Hart as Maureen Johnson, Justin Johnston as Angel Schunard, Lexi Lawson as Mimi Marquez, Michael McElroy as Tom Collins, Jacques C. Smith as Benjamin Coffin III and Haneefah Wood as 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.
Pascal, Rapp and Stewart originated their roles at New York Theatre Workshop Off-Broadway, and then on Broadway. Johnston (Angel), McElroy (Collins), and Stewart were all members of the final company of Rent, which played its last performance on Broadway Sept. 7, 2008.
Larson died of an undiagnosed heart ailment linked to Marfan Syndrome on the eve of the Off-Broadway bow of his work. He never saw the international success of his La Boheme-inspired rock musical.
Greif received 1996 Tony and Drama Desk nominations as well as the Obie Award for Rent. Marlies Yearby choreographs.
Tim Weil, the show's original music supervisor and conductor, serves as music supervisor.
Rent played 5,124 performances and 16 previews on Broadway and is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history.
Rent, the Broadway tour, played the following cities: Buffalo, NY (Jan. 13-18); Durham, NC (Jan. 20-25); Charlotte, NC (Jan. 27-Feb. 1); Philadelphia, PA (Feb. 3-8); Newark, NJ (Feb. 10-15); Detroit (Feb. 17-22); Los Angeles (March 3-8); San Diego, CA (March 10-15); Tempe, AZ (March 17-22); Minneapolis, MN (March 24-29); Chicago (March 31-April 12); Pittsburgh (April 14-19); Rochester, NY (April 21-26); Houston (April 28-May 3); Dallas (May 5-10); Austin, TX (May 12-17); Washington, DC (May 26-31); St. Louis (June 2-7); Denver (June 9-14); Seattle, WA (June 16-21); Portland, OR (June 23-28); Tampa (July 7-12); Boston (July 14-26); Schenectady, NY (July 28-Aug 2).
For complete tour schedule and information visit www.siteforrent.com.