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Rent to Return to Chicago


RentBroadway In Chicago has announced the new national tour of Rent, starring original Broadway cast members Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, will play a limited engagement at Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St.) March 31 - April 12, 2009. 

Adam Pascal and Anthony 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.

"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," said producer Jeffrey Seller.

Pascal and Rapp are both scheduled to appear in a memorable presentation for the final performance of Rent at the Nederlander Theatre, which will be filmed live with the final Broadway company.  The Rent cinecast will also feature other special closing night extras.  The cinecast is produced by the Academy Award-winning producers @radical.media and will play in movie theatres nationwide beginning in September.  More information is available at www.thehotticket.net.

Adam Pascal received Obie and Theatre World awards and a Tony nomination for best actor for his performance as Roger in the original cast of Rent.  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.  His film credits include Rent, School of Rock, SLC Punk!, Temptation, and Goyband. Mr. Pascal recently guest-starred on the hit television series "Cold Case."

An actor since the age of six, Anthony 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, Open House, Winter Passing, Danny Roane: First Time Director, Scaring the Fish and Rent.

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 following countries 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 history making, 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.  Rent is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history.

Tickets are now available for groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977-1710.  Individual tickets will be available to the general public at a later date to be announced.

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