TUTS To Host National Tour Production Of ‘Rent’

November 12, 2008

Theatre Under The Stars will host the national tour of “Rent” at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts on April 29-May 3, 2009, for a five-day run.

Producers of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical have announced that original Broadway cast members Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp will reprise the roles they made famous on stage and in the subsequent film adaptation.

Pascal and Rapp originated the roles of Roger Davis and Mark Cohen at the New York Theatre Workshop, on Broadway and in London, and recreated their roles in the 2005 movie version of the musical. Pascal and Rapp returned to “Rent” on Broadway for a limited engagement in the summer of 2007.

Jeffrey Seller, one of the producers of the current run, said the two actors have made the roles their own.

“Adam and Anthony didn’t just play Roger and Mark. To millions of ‘Rent’ fans they are Roger and Mark. Adam and Anthony are to ‘Rent’ what Joel Grey was to ‘Cabaret’ and Zero Mostel was to ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ It’s a great time to offer fans all over America the unique chance to see them in their signature roles,” Seller said.

Pascal received Obie and Theatre World awards, as well as a Tony nomination, for best actor for his performance as Roger in the original production. On Broadway, he also originated the role of Radames in the hit musical “Aida” and starred as the Emcee in the long-running revival of “Cabaret.” Off-Broadway he co-produced the hit play “Fully Committed.”

Pascal’s film credits include “Rent,” “School of Rock,” “SLC Punk!” “Temptation” and “Goyband.” He recently guest-starred on the hit television series “Cold Case,” and his recordings include “Model Prisoner” (2000) and “Civilian” (2004).

An actor since the age of six, Rapp has appeared on Broadway in “Rent,” “Precious Sons” (Outer Critics Circle Award), “Six Degrees of Separation,” and the revival of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” His films include “Adventures in Babysitting,” “School Ties,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” “David Searching,” “Man of the Century,” “Road Trip,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Rent” and others.

Rapp’s television credits include “The X-Files,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Kidnapped.” His book, “Without You: a Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent” about his experiences on and offstage was published in 2006 by Simon & Schuster and became a national bestseller.

Tours of “Rent” have crisscrossed North America almost continuously since late 1996 grossing over $330 million. The musical has been translated into every major language and been performed on six continents, including in the countries of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, “Rent” opened at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996 following a 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. It is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history.

Tickets start at $20 and will go on sale beginning Nov. 23. Tickets are available by calling 713-558-8887, or outside the Houston area at 888-558-3882; or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, 800 Bagby at Walker.

The box office is open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tickets will also be available online at www.TUTS.com.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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