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Rent Film to Premiere in New York at the Ziegfeld Theatre, Nov. 17

The highly-anticipated film version of Rent, which will open in theatres nationwide on November 23rd, will have its big screen premiere at 7 PM on November 17th at the Ziegfeld Theatre (141 West 54th Street) in Manhattan.

The high-profile event is expected to be attended by the cast of the movie, and other celebrities are likely to turn out for Rent, as well.


Rent, which is directed by Chris Columbus (who adapted Larson's book with Stephen Chbosky), is a Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios production; it will be released by Sony Pictures. The original cast--Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp--is intact but for Daphne Rubin-Vega and Fredi Walker; their respective roles of Mimi and Joanne will be played by Rosario Dawson and Tracie Thoms.
 
With its groundbreaking rock score by Larson and a story that captured the current of its generation, Rent is set in late-90's New York (updated in the film) 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.

To learn more about the Rent film, visit Rent">www.sonypictures.com/movies/Rent.

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