After a year of dismal ticket sales, Rent is due to close on June 1. (We’ll have to settle for Spring Awakening.) The show has been staged for 12 years at the Nederlander theater, the seventh-longest running show in Rialto history.
Directed by Michael Greif, Jonathan Larson’s loose adaptation of “La Boheme” garnered enthusiastic critical and commercial attention as soon as it opened at the New York Theater Workshop in February, 1996. The 35-year-old author died of an aortic aneurysm on the night of the show’s final dress rehearsal. His show went on to Broadway two months later, and won multiple awards including four Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
“Rent” is frequently credited with the nascence of its cast’s careers — original members include legit and film mainstays like Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, and Daphne Rubin-Vega.