RENT Anniversary Tour Heads to Hawaii with Two Hawaii Natives in Cast
Broadway in Hawaii announced today that RENT 20th Anniversary Tour tickets will go on sale August 7th; the Broadway musical will play December 24 - 29 and will feature two Hawaii performers in the cast.
Zare Anguay, who will play the role of Paul and act as a member of the ensemble, was discovered at a casting call held in Honolulu in March by the casting agents for RENT. Joshua Tavares of Hawaii Island, also joins the cast as Angel. Tickets will be available at the Blaisdell box office at 777 Ward Avenue and at all Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting www.broadwayinhawaii.com or by calling (808) 768-5252. Group orders of ten or more may be placed by calling (808) 593-2468.
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway... and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson's RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters-love.
The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. RENT won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Based on original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign re-stages the 20th anniversary tour. Original Broadway creatives Marlies Yearby (Choreography), Angela Wendt (Costume Design), andTim Weil (Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements) are joined by Jonathan Spencer (Lighting Design), Keith Caggiano (Sound Design), MiRi Park (Associate Choreographer), and Matthew E. Maraffi (adapting original scenic design byPaul Clay) to make up the creative team for the tour. Casting for the tour is by Wojcik | Seay Casting.
The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions whose other touring productions include the 2016 Olivier Award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Bandstand, and the upcoming tour of the TONY award winning musical Ain't Too Proud.
ABOUT ZARE ANGUAY (Ensemble, Paul, u/s Angel, u/s Benny)
Born and raised in Hawai'i, Zare Anguay makes his professional debut in this production of Rent! He sends his deepest aloha to all that have helped him get to this moment: Mom, Dad, my three brothers and five sisters, Mr. Bright, Marcelo, Allan, and family and friends.
ABOUT JOSHUA TAVARES (Angel Schunard)
A native Hawaiian actor/singer, Joshua Tavares is over the moon to make his national tour debut in this dream role. He studied at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, AMDA NY. He sends a huge thanks to Wojcik/Seay Casting, the entire production team and his beautiful family and friends.