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Photo Coverage: RENT Film Premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre

November 18
8:19 AM 2005
The highly anticipated film version of Rent had its world premiere last night with a glitzy opening in New York City at the Ziegfeld Theatre. BroadwayWorld was there to bring you the celebrity filled red carpet. Rent opens nationwide on November 23rd.

Rent stars original cast members Adam Pascal as Roger, Idina Menzel as Maureen, Anthony Rapp as Mark, Taye Diggs as Benny, Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Angel, Jesse L. Martin as Tom, plus Rosario Dawson as Mimi and Tracie Thoms as Joanne. With music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, Rent is directed by Chris Columbus (who adapted Larson's book with Stephen Chbosky); the film is a Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios production and will be released by Sony Pictures.


The Marquee

The Marquee

Mark Radcliffe

The press lined up at the premiere!

Anthony Rapp

Family of Jonathan Larson (Al & Nan Larson far right)

Jai Rodriguez

Stephen Chbosky

Ryan Duncan

Tracie Thoms

Allan S. Gordon

McKenzie Firgens (plays April in RENT)

Cybele (wife) and Adam Pascal

Adam Pascal

Idina Menzel

Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel

Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel

Kathy KirkPatrick (owner of Life Cafe)

Producer Kevin McCollum

Chris Columbus

Jesse L. Martin

Wilson Jermaine Heredia

Molly Ringwald

Keith and Sharon Young (Choreographer)

Joey Fatone

Jason Foster

Vincent Pastore

Anthony Mackie

Michelle Hurd (L&O: SVU)

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson

Jeffrey Seller

Annie Parisse (L&O)

Sarah Silverman

Chad Faust

Jamie-Lynn Siegler

Jennifer Siebel


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