Photo Coverage: RENT's 10th Anniversary Concert
A few days before the 10th anniversary of Rent, on April 24th, a benefit concert of the landmark Jonathan Larson musical was held at the Nederlander Theatre. BroadwayWorld.com was there to bring you up close and person on the red carpet for this once in a lifetime event!
Rent will celebrate its 10th anniversary on April 29th. The musical opened on that date at the Nederlander in 1996 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.
You could feel the energy from the massive crowd...
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker
After the concert, the red carpet was rolled out at Cipriani's on 42nd
Producer Jeffrey Seller and Director Michael Greif
Michael Greif and Choreographer Marlies Yearby
The Larson Family
Brian d'Arcy James
Claudia Shear and Doug Wright
American Idol's Constantine
Christopher J. Hanke
Anthony Rapp and Rodney To
Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs
Parting shot of Anthony celebrating RENT's 10 wonderful years!