Rent stars Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp will reprise their original Broadway (and film) roles in a 2009 national tour of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Jonathan Larson musical, which will launch in January. Producers Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon announced the casting. A current non-Equity national tour plays through June 2008. Pascal and Rapp originated the roles of Roger Davis and Mark Cohen at the New York Theatre Workshop, on Broadway, and in London, and re-created 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. The Broadway musical ends its 11-year run June 1 at the Nederlander Theatre. Seller stated, "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" ... A full tour route and additional casting will be announced shortly. For more information on the show, visit siteforrent.com.
Again, I say -- Woot! Additionally, Adam Pascal posted a little blurb confirming this awesome news on his official website ... here is what he posted:
Hey everyone, so now that it's official I am happy to announce that Anthony and I will be doing the Final Rent Tour, beginning Jan of 09...We are very excited to close this chapter of our Rent experience in a way that will bring it to thousands of people who never got the chance to see us on Broadway!
Hope to see you there.
This is such great news. I was very fortunate enough to get to see Adam and Anthony reprise their roles on Broadway last year when the duo returned to the Great White Way for a limited engagement in the show. I was *sure* it would be the last time that both Adam and Anthony would play the roles of Roger and Mark together ... oh what little faith I had. As incredibly bummed as I am that the Broadway run is nearly dunzo for good, I am very much looking forward to the new touring version of Rent which will feature these amazing players. I know there are hordes of Rent fans who were never able to make it to NYC to see them on Broadway and now they have a chance to see them possibly perform in their hometowns. I know I'll do everything I can to get out to see the new tour when it hits the road next year. The show holds such a special place in my heart ... I hope it never goes away. [Source, thanks Beth]