Go Inside Rehearsals for Symphonic Concert Premiere of Rent, Starring Tony Winners Myles Frost, Ali Stroker, More | Playbill

Photo Features Go Inside Rehearsals for Symphonic Concert Premiere of Rent, Starring Tony Winners Myles Frost, Ali Stroker, More

Sammi Cannold directs the Jonathan Larson rock opera, beginning performances July 26 at the Kennedy Center.

Company of Rent

A host of Broadway favorites—including two Tony winners—lead the cast of the world premiere symphonic concert adaptation of the late Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer-winning rock opera Rent July 26-28 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Presented by the National Symphony Orchestra with Steven Reineke conducting, the concerts are directed by Sammi Cannold. The new symphonic orchestration, expanded from Steve Skinner's original five-piece arrangement, has been penned by Sean O'Loughlin.

The cast features Tony nominee Lorna Courtney (& Juliet) as Mimi Márquez, Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen) as Mark Cohen, Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening) as Roger Davis, Tony winner Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!) as Maureen Johnson, Terrance Johnson as Collins, Awa Sal Secka (Signature's Gun & Powder) as Joanne, Tony winner Myles Frost (MJ: The Musical) as Benjamin “Benny” Coffin III, and Jimmie Herrod (America’s Got Talent) as Angel Dumott Schunard. (2023 Camelot Tony nominee Jordan Donica, who had been announced to play Collins, had to withdraw from the performances due to an injury.)

Check out photos from rehearsals for the concerts below:

Go Inside Rehearsals for The Kennedy Center's Rent in Concert

Produced by AMP Worldwide, the limited run also has music supervision by Sean Mayes and lighting design by Cory Pattak.

Directed by Michael Greif, Rent opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre April 29, 1996, following previews that began April 16. The musical received 10 1996 Tony nominations, subsequently winning four, including Best Musical. Larson's work also won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. After 16 previews and 5,123 regular performances, the production played its final show September 7, 2008.

Set in Manhattan in the 1990s and inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème, the hit musical follows a group of young East Village artists, performers, and philosophers as they struggle through the hardships of poverty, societal discord, and the AIDS epidemic in the search for life, love, and art.

This production of Rent in Concert is licensed by Music Theatre International.

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