Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, More to Reunite for NYTW’s Rent-Themed Gala

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Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, More to Reunite for NYTW’s Rent-Themed Gala

The virtual event will feature original cast members and myriad stage favorites to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical.

Cast members from the original production of Rent—including Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Wilson Jermaine Heredia—will reunite for New York Theatre Workshop’s upcoming virtual gala, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the late Jonathan Larson’s Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical. The event, featuring musical performances, original compositions, and more, will air March 2 at 8 PM ET and remain available to stream through March 6.

The announcement was made January 25, the same day that the musical premiered at the Off-Broadway venue in 1996. Larson died early that morning after suffering an aortic dissection, though his legacy lived on in the show as it transferred to Broadway and earned four Tony Awards (including two posthumous wins for Larson) plus the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in addition to enjoying a 12-year run at the Nederlander Theatre.

In addition to Menzel, Rapp, Pascal, Rubin-Vega, and Heredia, fellow original cast members Gilles Chiasson, Rodney Hicks, Aiko Nakasone, and Byron Utley will take part, as well as an all-star lineup that includes Sebastian Arcelus, Annaleigh Ashford, Martha Banta, The Bengsons, Adam Chanler-Berat, Linda Chapman, Nicholas Christopher, Paul Clay, Wilson Cruz, Brandon Victor Dixon, Wendy Ettinger, Stephen Graham, Michael Greif, Janet Harckham, Jeremy O. Harris, Neil Patrick Harris, Victoria Hoffman, Joe Iconis, Christopher Jackson, Julie Larson, Tamika Lawrence, The Lazours, Telly Leung, Kamilah Marshall, Kevin McCollum, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anaïs Mitchell, Shakina Nayfack, James C. Nicola, Eva Noblezada, Dael Orlandersmith, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Will Power, Councilmember Carlina Rivera, Jai Rodriguez, Jeffrey Seller, Rona Siddiqui, Leigh Silverman, Ali Stroker, Ephraim Sykes, Bernie Telsey, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Tracie Thoms, Ivo van Hove, Tom Viola, Tim Weil, Angela Wendt, and Marlies Yearby.

NYTW Artistic Director James C. Nicola says that the event will “honor Jonathan and his beloved musical, which has given so many blessings to our small theatre with big dreams.” Funds raised will support the organization’s 27 Artistic Investigators, as well as its continued free virtual programming during the pandemic and education and engagement initiatives.

Rent alum Andy Señor Jr. will direct the proceedings, with Stephen Oremus and Will Van Dyke on the team as music supervisor and music director.

Tickets start at $25 and are available (along with packages and sponsorships) at NYTW.org.

Photos: Look Back at Rent on Broadway

Photos: Look Back at Rent on Broadway

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Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Jesse L. Martin


Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Jesse L. Martin

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Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega


Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega

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Rodney Hicks, Byron Utley, Kristen Lee Kelly, Gwen Stewart and Timothy Britten Parker


Rodney Hicks, Byron Utley, Kristen Lee Kelly, Gwen Stewart and Timothy Britten Parker

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Original Broadway Cast


Original Broadway Cast

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Fredi Walker, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Idina Menzel and Jesse L. Martin


Fredi Walker, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Idina Menzel and Jesse L. Martin

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Idina Menzel and Fredi Walker


Idina Menzel and Fredi Walker

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Jesse L. Martin, Anthony Rapp and Taye Diggs


Jesse L. Martin, Anthony Rapp and Taye Diggs

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Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal


Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal

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Anthony Rapp


Anthony Rapp

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Daphne Rubin-Vega


Daphne Rubin-Vega

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