RIALTO CHATTER: RENT Headed Back to New York?
In today's New York Post, Michael Riedel is reporting that RENT is headed back to New York, this time to open off-Broadway in a new production at New World Stages. The production will open in June, after the Tony awards, and will be directed by original RENT director, Michael Greif, and produced by Allan S. Gordon, who was one of the producers of the show's original production. They're said to be seeking an all new cast of unknowns for the show.
With a 12-year run on Broadway, a Tony Award for Best Musical, and a Pulitzer Prize, RENT is one of the most groundbreaking and popular shows of all time.
RENT, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, originally 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. With 5,124 performances, RENT is the ninth longest running show in Broadway history.