BWW TV: RENT's 10th Anniversary On The Scene Video
RENT opened on April 29th, 1996 at the Nederlander and starred Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp (all of whom repeated their performances in the recent film version), as well as Daphne Rubin-Vega and Fredi Walker. Gilles Chiasson, Rodney Hicks, Kristen Lee Kelly, Aiko Nakasone, Timothy Britten Parker, Gwen Stewart and Byron Utley were also included in the original cast.
With its groundbreaking rock score by Larson and a story that captured the current of its generation, Rent is set in New York in the East Village, where a group of artists love and live La Vie Boheme even under the shadow of poverty, failure, illness and death. The La Boheme-based show won the Pultizer and the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as 3 others. Tragically, Larson died a few months before the show opened. It has since run over 4,100 performances. The show is directed by Michael Greif and choreographed by Marlies Yearby, with musical direction by Tim Weil.
For photos from this once-in-a-lifetime event, click here!