RENT Will Celebrate 20th Anniversary With National Tour
No Day But Today! “RENTheads” and theatre-goers will have a new reason to be “Over The Moon” as their beloved groundbreaking musical returns next year. After several years without a touring production, the musical is slated to return to the road just in time to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary and bring the musical to a new generation of theatre fans. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that RENT will celebrate its 20th anniversary by launching a national tour in the 2016-17 season!
Following on the heels of its 20th anniversary yesterday, Work Light Productions has announced they will produce a new national tour of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award winning musical RENT that will hit the road during the 2016-17 season! Based on the original direction by Michael Greif, Evan Ensign will re-stage the production for its new tour with Marlies Yearby as choreographer. No tour schedule with cities, dates or venues was released along with the announcement but is expected soon. Casting for the new national tour will also be announced at a later date. The announcement of the new RENT tour marks the first to hit the road since the last one began in 2009 and ended in 2010. That tour starred original stars Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp (Pictured Above Right) in their iconic roles they created as Roger and Mark.
Producer Stephen Gabriel expressed his excitement to return to iconic musical not only to the road but to the audiences who have loved the show for years and a new generation waiting to hear its story saying;
“For the past 20 years, Rent has touched the lives of audiences around the world from Broadway to regional productions to high school auditoriums. We’re thrilled to introduce a new generation to this timeless story of love, friendship and community.”
RENT is celebrating its 20th anniversary following it’s roots beginning at The New York Theatre Workshop in January 1996. The production moved to Broadway in April 1996 after selling out its downtown engagement and receiving praise from critics. The show, on Broadway, changed everything. The original production went on to play 12 years at The Nederlander Theatre playing 5,123 performances between 1996 and 2008. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won four including Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Musical. The original production grossed over $280 million dollars. It has been seen around the world in different stagings as well as at The Hollywood Bowl, an Off-Broadway revival and as a major motion picture which is became in 2005.
Luner Lowdown: Just yesterday I penned an article for RENT’s 20th anniversary talking not only about the success of the original production and its many incarnations since, but mainly about all the life it has inspired on Broadway since it rocked its way onto The Great White Way and truly changed everything forever. I am thrilled a new production will head out on the road to bring this story not only back to audiences who have loved it since day one but to a new generation who must know this story and hear of its lessons. I do have to admit, I was surprised we did not have any specific celebrations or reflections here in New York for the show’s anniversary on Broadway or at New York Theatre Workshop. London presented a concert of Larson’s work titled Seasons Of Larson yesterday for one night only. However, I am hopeful a gathering, celebration or reunion will take shape for the show’s 25th anniversary in a few years.
Luner on Theatre is thrilled RENT will return to the stage in the form of a national tour to celebrate its 20th anniversary! We’re looking forward to bringing you more information about this production once it is known and reminding the theatre world that there really is No Day But Today. For more information, visit Work Light Production’s Official Website. We will update with RENT’s official website and social media once it is published. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!