Anthony Rapp Guides RENT in Scotland, Starting Tonight with IF/THEN, LAST SHIP & AMERICAN IDIOT Stars
Jonathan Larson's gripping rock musical is brought to life by NYC based Uncompromising Artistry Productions. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning RENT took the world by storm when it premiered on Broadway in 1996.
Seeking to recapture the immediacy of this modern day classic, UAProductions pays tribute to the legacy of Larson's beloved masterpiece, with creative consultation from original Broadway cast member, Anthony Rapp.
Set in New York's bohemian Alphabet City under the shadow of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, RENT illuminates the power of community and the necessity of love in our darkest times. This production is under the direction of Nicola Murphy.
RENT begins tonight, August 7, at Paradise in Augustine's, and runs through August 30, 2015.
Featuring a cast comprised of young New York actors, Rapp agrees - the cast is "dynamic, authentic, and extraordinarily talented". Featuring, fresh from Broadway, Janet Krupin ("If/Then") as Maureen, and announcing Johnny Newcomb ("The Last Ship", "American Idiot") as Roger.
"We have such an amazing group of talented artists and also really genuine, down to earth, authentic people which was really important to us as a creative team to find because this piece is so much about community and they're so confident in themselves as people and as performers in what they can bring, and I think we did a really good job with that", Murphy says of the cast.
Uncompromising Artistry Productions was founded by Samantha Cunha, Michael Quadrino, and Erin Mizer. UAProductions aims to support new work, new artists, or new viewpoints; it may be an entirely original script or a new take on a classic. "This production is as relevant today as it was in 1996," says Artistic Director, Samantha Cunha. "With this reputation comes many challenges, but we are up to the task - presenting this piece in a way that is as urgent and pulsing as ever with a stamp on it that says, 'this is ours'."
More information on the company can be found at www.uaproductions.net.