It has been more than a decade since the original Rent craze swept the
country, and though Broadway moved on after the show closed on June 1,
2008, many fans clearly haven’t. The Orpheum was packed for the
Broadway tour’s opening night, starring original cast members (and
stars of the big screen version) Adam Pascal (Roger, right) and the absolutely
amazing Anthony Rapp (Mark, left).
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the show, the mix of the
original leads with a few fresh faces (notably Nicollete Hart as
Maureen and Justin Johnston as Angel) may be worth a second viewing.
For first-timers (myself included), don’t be put off by the show’s
cross-dressing and drug use, or by the unruly crowd that whoops,
hollers, and sings along to the most popular songs. It’s all part of
the fun. La Vie Bohéme.