RENT – Jonathan Larson’s Popular Musical Returns to San Francisco October 6th—18th

Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp reprise their roles from the 1996 Original Broadway Cast

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

RENT is one of the longest-running show in Broadway history. The classic musical about love, friendship and community, and the seventh longest-running show in Broadway history. Over the course of its groundbreaking 12-year New York run, RENT transformed the definition of musical theater and changed Broadway forever. Set in NYC’s East Village, RENT is a modern take on Giacomo Puccini’s beloved opera, La Boheme. It tells the unforgettable story of a group of young artists strugging to survive, falling in love, finding their voices, and dealing with AIDS. The Pop Rock musical will play at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre from October 6th through the 18th. Thirty-eight-year-old Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal, now 39 – two leading members of the 1996 Original Broadway cast – reprise their celebrated and pivotal roles as roommates “Mark Cohen” and “Roger Davis” in the touring company of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that sparked greater awareness about HIV and attitudes toward gender identity. The show also fueled greater interest in American musical theatre to a younger generation.



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Anthony Rapp, Lexi Lawson and Adam Pascal. Photo, Joan Marcus

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ADAM PASCAL, as “Roger”. Photo, Joan Marcus

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ANTHONY RAPP, as “Mark”. Photo, Joan Marcus

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Adam Pascal (Roger) and Lexi Lawson (Mimi). Photo, Joan Marcus

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Haneefah Wood (Joanne) and Anthony Rapp (Roger). Photo, Joan Marcus

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Michael McElroy (Tom Collins) and Justin Johnston (Angel). Photo, Joan Marcus

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The Cast of RENT. Photo, Joan Marcus

From “Seasons of Love”:
“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand journeys to plan.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.
How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?”

For ticket information: RENT
Order the Original Broadway Cast album: RENT

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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