Cast Complete for RENT 20th Anniversary Tour in Las Vegas
Work Light Productions and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts announced casting for the highly-anticipated Las Vegas engagement of RENT Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2018. Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece, returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.
Leading the cast is Sammy Ferber as "Mark Cohen," Kaleb Wells as "Roger Davis," Skyler Volpe as "Mimi Marquez," Aaron Harrington as "Tom Collins," Aaron Alcaraz as "Angel Dumott Schunard," Lyndie Moe as "Maureen Johnson," Jasmine Easler as "Joanne Jefferson," and Marcus John as "Benny Coffin III." The tour will also feature DevinRé Adams, Alana Cauthen, Ashley de la Rosa, Jordan Dunn-Pilz, Logan Farine, Devin J. Hall, Paola Hernandez, Jordan Long, Felix Marchany, Cameron W. Mullin, Chrissy Naruo, and Yael Reich.
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), and Tim 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 by Paul Clay) to make up the creative team for the tour. The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour was cast by Joy Dewing Casting with additional casting by Wojcik | Seay Casting.
Jonathan Larson's RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. 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 RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Cinderella, MAMMA MIA!, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Vocalosity, and Crazy For You.
Tickets are now on sale starting at $36 and can be purchased at The Smith Center box office, by phone at 702-749-2000 or online at TheSmithCenter.com.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Aaron Alcaraz (Angel) is so thankful to be spreading love with this show! Favorite credits include Aladdin in Disney Dreams (Disney Cruise Line) and Paul in A Chorus Line (Ithaca College). BFA in Musical Theatre, Ithaca College. Thank you to my family, friends, Hudson Artists Agency, Joy Dewing Casting, and the Rent team.
Jasmine Easler (Joanne Jefferson) Favorite credits include "Rose" in Fences (WSU), and "Velma" in Crowns (Human Race Theater). With a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Wright State University, she's thrilled to travel with this incredible show. She thanks her family for love, friends for support, and Joy Dewing Casting for this opportunity. @JasmineEasler
Sammy Ferber (Mark Cohen) is thrilled to be back on the tour after playing Gordon last year. Previous credits include 25TH ANNUAL...SPELLING BEE (Leaf), ASSASSINS (Byck), and COMPANY (Robert, nominated for an Illinois High School Musical Theatre Award). BFA in progress at NYU Tisch's Experimental Theatre Wing www.sammy-ferber.com.
Aaron Harrington (Tom Collins) is a native of Durham, North Carolina, and a Shaw University graduate. This is Aaron's second year touring with RENT, and he'd like to dedicate each performance to his late father, Gary Harrington. You can find Aaron on all social media platforms under the username: Doubbleayye
Marcus John (Benny Coffin III) BFA: University of the Arts. Nat'l Tour: Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour. Favorite Regional: iLLA (NYMF), Kill Move Paradise (Interact Theatre Co.), Jungle Book (Arden Theatre Co., Mowgli u/s). I love you today. "Pray Often, Worry Not!" MarcusJohn.weebly.com
LYNDI MOE (Maureen Johnson) is over the moon to be making her national tour debut with the 20th anniversary production of RENT! She just completed her freshman year at Rider University pursuing a BFA in musical theatre. Huge thanks to her parents, family, and friends for the endless amount of support they provide.
Skyler Volpe (Mimi Marquez) is honored to be returning to RENT. She has performed at La Mama etc., The Signature Theater, The Mint Theater, and others. Recent credits include Passing Strange, Devil and the Deep, Cherchez la Femme. Connecticut College Graduate. www.skylervolpe.com Instagram: @svulpes. As always, for Uncle Alan.
Kaleb Wells (Roger Davis) is honored to be keeping the spirit of RENT alive. Originally from New Hampshire, Kaleb has since performed in various projects around the U.S. and internationally. Recent Credits: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, Jesus Christ Superstar. BFA Acting Pace University. www.Kaleb-wells.com Insta: @kalebwells - Thank you Jonathan Larson
DEVINRE ADAMS (Swing, u/s Benny & Collins) is a theatre, dance, and musical artist from the DC/Maryland area. Alma maters include Duke Ellington School of the Arts and The University of the Arts, BFA 17?. He is happy to start his first touring experience with the 20th Anniversary RENT Tour!
Alana Cauthen (Ensemble/Seasons of Love Soloist, Mrs. Jefferson, u/s Joanne) is thrilled to be joining the 20th Anniversary tour of RENT! Recent credits include BJ, "Smokey Joes Cafe", "BEEHIVE" Theatre by The Sea, and Alice "Big River" The Old Castle Theatre. Alana would like to thank her brilliant cast, family and friends for their continued support! Jude 1:2
Ashley de la ROSA (Swing, u/s Joanne, Mimi, SOL) is a swing for the tour. Born in New York but raised in Florida, she recently graduated from AMDA New York. This is her first professional theater experience. Recent credits include Top 12 contestant on NBC's The Voice where she was mentored by Christina Aguilera.
JORDAN DUNN-PILZ (Ensemble, Gordon, Mr. Grey, The Man, u/s Mark) National Tour debut! Recent credits include SPRING AWAKENING and I CARRY YOUR HEART (Hangar Theatre). Love to all the people. Ithaca College BFA 2017.
LOGAN FARINE (Swing, u/s Roger) is thrilled to be joining the cast of RENT! Logan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where his dream of performing changed from a hobby to a passion by 10th grade. He attended Montclair State University for a short time before leaving to try to begin his career. ^..^meow?
Paola Hernandez (Swing, u/s Maureen, Mimi, SOL) Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Proud Circle in the Square Theater School Alumna. Recent: Rent 20th Anniversary (Swing), Twelfth Night (Viola), Rent (Joanne), Spring Awakening (Martha), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Hairspray (Dynamite), Godspell, Hair. "Gracias" to everyone who helped in the process. To those starting, keep fighting. Follow: @phtanon
Jordan Long (Ensemble, Steve, The Waiter, Squeegee Man, u/s Mark & Roger) Happily returning to RENT because this show is far too important to me to only do it once! Proud Belmont University graduate. Favorite roles: my current role in this show, WEST SIDE STORY (Big Deal), JOSEPH NAT'L TOUR (Swing, Joseph u/s), ALL SHOOK UP (Chad), OKLAHOMA (Will Parker). IG: jordantimothylong
FELIX MARCHANY (Swing, u/s Angel, Dance Captain) is thrilled to join the RENT family on the road. Select regional credits: Spanish Language Premiere of In The Heights (Piragua Guy), WSS (Pepe), Priscilla...Dessert (Farrah), and more! Proud graduate of the University of California, Irvine: BFA in Music Theatre and BA in Dance Performance. IG: @felix_the_fierce
Cameron Mullin (Ensemble, u/s Collins, Benny) National tour debut! New York Credits: Young Charles Dickens (NYCCT). Regional: Sister Act (Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts), American Idiot (Phoenix Theatre), Seussical (IFT). Many thanks to JDC, my professors, family and friends for their continued support. Indiana University grad! MT16 love! cameronmullin.net
CHRISSY NARUO (Ensemble, Alexi Darling, Mrs. Davis) is very excited to be part of the Rent National Tour! Her most recent credits are being a Production Cast Principal at Norwegian Cruise Lines and an equity stage performer at Walt Disney World. She would like to thank God and her family for their love and support!
YAEL REICH (Ensemble/Mrs. Cohen, u/s Maureen & Mimi) is honored to share this art! BFA: University of Florida. National Tours: Mamma Mia! '15-'16 & Farewell. Regional: West Side Story (Anita), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Annie (Lily St. Regis). Endless gratitude to ATB, JD Casting, & the most incredible support system! Spread Love & Light. www.yaelreich.com
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