Original Renters Anthony Rapp and Yassmin Alers will play an inner-city schoolteacher and his girlfriend, the older sister of one of his students, in the new musical, Mister, playing the Present Company Theatorium April 9-30. Anthony King directs.
In Mister, Yale graduate Jon comes naively into his first year of teaching by taking an assignment in an inner-city high school, where the brutal lives of his students shock him. His solace is Alissa, but their burgeoning relationship is threatened by a student's death, for which Jon is blamed. Playwright and screenwriter Tony Vellela (Admissions, The Evil of Two Lessers, "Test of Time") wrote the book and lyrics with the latin, jazz, rock and gospel music by pianist Misha Piatigorsky.
Rapp made his big Broadway splash as Mark in the original company of Rent, before taking the title role in the recent revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. His film credits include "A Beautiful Mind," "Twister," "Dazed and Confused" and "Adventures in Babysitting."
Alers understudied in the original Rent, playing all the major female roles including Mimi. On Broadway, she also appeared in Capeman and The Rocky Horror Show.
Other casting in the fourteen person show is not yet known. Bessie Award winner Adesola Osakalumi (Jam on the Groove) is the choreographer. Tickets are $15. The Present Company Theatorium is located at 196-198 Stanton Street between Ridge and Attorney. For reservations, call (212) 420-8877.
— By Christine Ehren