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Photo Coverage: Rent Film Stars Perform at Apollo Theatre

November 23
8:33 AM 2005
Cast members from the film version of RENT performed 'Seasons of Love,' one of the show's most well-known tunes prior to a screening of the film at the Apollo Theatre on Tuesday November 22nd. The film was then screened for 1,000 teenagers from the Apollo community.

RENT is a Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios production; it will be released by Sony Pictures nationwide on November 23rd. With its groundbreaking rock score by Jonathan Larson and a story that captured the current of its generation, Rent is set 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, which has been running at the Nederlander Theatre since its opening in 1996, 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 3,900 performances.

The film's iconic poster

Outside The Apollo...

...and inside The Apollo!

Billy Mitchell of the Apollo Theater

Jesse L. Martin

Wilson Jermaine Heredia

Adam Pascal

Tracie Thoms

Idina Menzel

Taye Diggs

Anthony Rapp

Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Adam Pascal, Jesse L. Martin, Tracie Thoms, Anthony Rapp, Idina Menzel, and Taye Diggs

Billy Mitchell introduces the cast

Taye Diggs is the first one out to greet the audience -- who went wild!

The cast comes out on stage to an Apollo welcome.

Tickets were placed under five seats in the audience. Five lucky high school students won the Soundtrack on CD, and got to come up on stage and meet the cast.

Seasons of Love!


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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.