Destan Owens Returns To 'Rent' Starting 8/11

 Actor Destan Owens will be returning to the Broadway stage for 'Rent' starting tonight, 8/11 through the shows planned closing on September 7th. Owens will be taking over the role of Collins tonight through August 17th while Michael McElroy is out. He has previously played the role on Broadway. After McElroy's return he will be finishing out the remainder of the show's run as a swing.

In addition to Rent Owens has been on Broadway in Chicago and Smokey Joe's Cafe.

The cast of Rent includes Tracie Thoms who starred as Joanne in the movie of Rent and has come to the Broadway company in the same role as well as Will Chase as Roger, Renee Goldsberry as Mimi, Eden Espinosa as Maureen, Michael McElroy as Collins, Adam Kantor as Mark, Justin Johnston as Angel, Rodney Hicks as Benny with Shaun Earl, Andrea Goss, Marcus Paul James, Telly Leung, Tracy McDowell, Jay Wilkison, and Gwen Stewart ("Seasons of Love" soloist).  Rodney Hicks and Gwen Stewart were both in the original company of Rent and have rejoined the cast to close the show.  

Rent, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre, on April 29, 1996 following a history making, sold out, extended limited engagement at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama.  Rent is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history.  Rent is scheduled to close on Sunday, September 7.

Rent plays at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm & 7pm.  Tickets may be purchased by phoning TicketMaster at (212) 307-4100 or by visiting ticketmaster.com.  A limited number of $20 tickets are available day of performance at the box office.

Photo Credit Linda Lenzi

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