Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT

New Line continues its 23rd season with Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize winning, long-running rock opera RENT. This cheerfully transgressive, 1990s rock/pop riff on the classic story, set in New York City's East Village, is best described in its creator's own words: "In these dangerous times, where it seems the world is ripping apart at the seams, we can all learn how to survive from those who stare death squarely in the face every day and we should reach out to each other and bond as a community, rather than hide from the terrors of life at the end of the millennium." BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!.

The cast of New Line's Rent includes Jeremy Hyatt (Mark), Evan Fornachon (Roger), Anna Skidis (Mimi), Luke Steingruby (Angel), Marshall Jennings (Collins), Sarah Porter (Maureen), Cody LaShea (Joanne), Shawn Bowers (Benny), Kevin Corpuz, Robert Lee Davis III, Zachary Allen Farmer, Ryan Foizey, Wendy Greenwood, Melissa Harris, Nellie Mitchell, and Marcy Wiegert. The show will be directed by Scott Miller and Mike Dowdy, with scenic and lighting design by Rob Lippert, costume design by Sarah Porter and Marcy Wiegert, and sound design by Kerrie Mondy.

Rent is so many things to so many people. As Larson said, "It's about celebrating life, even in the face of death." It was the first musical in decades that younger audiences really identified with, that speaks in their voice, that voices their concerns, that tackles their issues. It breathed new commercial life into the Broadway musical, possibly signaling the beginning of the end of the great divide between pop music and theatre music, which has existed since the advent of rock and roll in the 1950s, and heralding a new Golden Age of American musical theatre.

Rent was nominated for a staggering ten Tony Awards and won four, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. It also won six Drama Desk Awards, three Obie Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Drama League Award. And the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The original production ran more than twelve years and over five thousand performances - it's still one of the top ten longest running musicals in Broadway history - and the recent off Broadway revival, opening just three years after the original closed, ran another year.

RENT runs March 6-29, 2014, Thurs. through Sat. evenings, all at 8:00 p.m., at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend. March 6 is a preview. Click here for directions.

Tickets are on sale now through Metrotix outlets, including the Fox Theatre box office. Tickets are$15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors on Thursdays; and $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors on Fridays and Saturdays. To charge tickets by phone, call Metrotix at 314-534-1111 or visit the Fox Theatre box office or the Metrotix website. This show contains adult content.

Photo Credit: Jill Ritter Lindberg

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Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Evan Fornachon as Roger, singing 'One Song Glory'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Evan Fornachon (Roger) and Anna Skidis (Mimi), singing 'Light My Candle'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Luke Steingruby (as Angel) singing 'Today 4 U'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Cody LaShea (as Joanne) singing 'Tango: Maureen'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Zachary Allen Farmer (standing) and the cast, singing 'Life Support'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Anna Skidis (as Mimi), singing 'Out Tonight'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Anna Skidis (as Mimi), singing 'Out Tonight'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Robert Lee Davis III, Melissa Harris, and Kevin Corpuz as homeless people, singing 'On the Street'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Jeremy Hyatt (Mark) being confronted by Melissa Harris (as an angry homeless woman), in 'On the Street'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Cody LaShea (Joanne), singing 'We're Okay'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Robert Lee Davis III (Squeegieman), with (L-R) Wendy Greenwood, Kevin Corpuz, Zachary Allen Farmer, and Melissa Harris, singing 'Christmas Bells'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Marcy Wiegert, Luke Steingruby (as Angel), and Marshall Jennings (Collins)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Sarah Porter as Maureen in 'Over the Moon'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Sarah Porter as Maureen in 'Over the Moon'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Sarah Porter as Maureen in 'Over the Moon'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
The cast of New Line Theatre's RENT

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Jeremy Hyatt (as Mark, center) and the cast perform 'La Vie Boheme'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Jeremy Hyatt (as Mark, center) and the cast perform 'La Vie Boheme'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Evan Fornachon (Roger) and Anna Skidis (Mimi), singing 'I Should Tell You'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Anna Skidis (as Mimi) and Evan Fornachon (as Roger)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Shawn Bowers (as Benny, left) and Sarah Porter (as Maureen)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Cody LaShea (as Joanne, left) and Sarah Porter (as Maureen), singing 'Take Me or Leave Me'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Luke Steingruby as Angel and Marshall Jennings as Collins

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Marshall Jennings (as Collins) singing the reprise of 'I'll Cover You'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Luke Steingruby as Angel, singing 'Contact'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Jeremy Hyatt (as Mark, foreground) and Evan Fornachon (as Roger, in the background), singing 'What You Own'

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Jeremy Hyatt (as Mark), Marshall Jennings (Collins), and Evan Fornachon (Roger)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line Theatre's RENT
Evan Fornachon as Roger, singing 'Your Eyes,' with Anna Skidis as Mimi in the foreground and Luke Steingruby as Angel, above

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