Former 'RENT' star Adam Pascal is getting ready to return home to the Nederlander Theater. The venue that was home to 'RENT’s' Broadway debut is now hosting his new musical, 'Disaster! '(Seth Rudetsky). Now, with 'RENT' turing 20 and getting ready to go back on tour, Pascal is opening up about his love for the place that started it all.
Just call her the little green lady that could fly high on her broom but take note that the story of Elphaba The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz has now ran for over five thousand one hundred and twenty two performances. Wicked blew past Rent this past week in a performance at the historic Gershwin Theatre and became the 10th longest running production in Broadway history.
'RENT' is coming back to a stage hopefully somewhere close to you, this fall. That is right, in celebration of 10,512,000 moments so dear, and 20 years of still owed back rent, the beloved Broadway musical is going back on tour. 'RENT' took Puccini's opera La Bohème and centered it in New York City circa the 1990’s amidst the AIDS crisis.
'RENT' composer and playwright Jonathan Larson passed away on Jan. 25, 1996, the very same morning that his Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning work opened for previews. Even though he unfortunately didn’t live long enough to see, 'RENT' has had a profound impact on millions and millions of fans all around the world. Now Larson’s sister and father are opening up about his legacy ahead of the 20th Anniversary tour of the Broadway classic.
With the turn of the calendar to a new month, it means new shows will be debuting on Broadway. Of course, it also means the closing of a few more. As the start of September rolls around, the Broadway community will witness the final bows of three big Broadway productions: 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' 'Mamma Mia!,' and 'On the Town.' All three have been struggling to sell tickets for some time now. And as they do say, all good things come to an end.
"If/Then," the Broadway musical starring "Frozen" star Idina Menzel, will be closing March 22 after gradually deflating sales. Menzel, who has staked her claim on the Broadway stage in the original cast of "Rent" and "Wicked," is known to the non-theater world as the voice of Elsa in the Disney movie "Frozen." She also achieved mainstream success after the notorious name flub by John Travolta during last year's Oscars. But excitement about her return to Broadway slowly diminished, with the play peaking early in its run. "If/Then" follows Elizabeth, played by Menzel, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life, which splits into two parallel paths told simultaneously, based on a single inconsequential decision. Some believe the unfamiliar title and the challenging storyline are what led to the show's closing, especially with family-friendly, crowd-pleasing Broadway shows such a "The Lion King" and "Aladdin" on the landscape. Also, reviews for the show have been mixed, with some raves and other pans. The possibility of a recoup for the $10 million show is still unknown. The play reunited Menzel with her "Wicked" producer David Stone and "Rent" director Michael Greif, as well as Anthony Rapp, who co-starred with her in "Rent." Music for the show was by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.
A newly adapted version of the Lerner and Loewe musical first hits the stage at the Kennedy Center in January 2015.
The last cast album to enter the Billboard charts at such a high position was 'Rent' back in 1996--which also starred Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp, and even had the same director.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is to be turned into an animated film. This won't be the first before-the-cameras version of the popular show. In 1999 Donny Osmond, Joan Collins, Richard Attenborough and Maria Freidman starred in a small-screen treatment.