Photo Coverage: The Cast of RENT Rings The NYSE Opening Bell
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by BWW News Desk
RENT producer Allan S. Gordon and producer Elan V. McAllister rang The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, August 14th, 2008 joined by RENT cast members Renee Elise Goldsberry, Andrea Goss, Justin Johnston, Owen Johnston, Tracy McDowell, Destan Owens, Gwen Stewart to celebrate RENT's successful 12-year run at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway and its final performance on September 7th, 2008.
RENT opened off-Broadway in January 1996 before moving to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre in April of the same year. The musical tells a story of a group of destitute artists and musicians struggling to survive and be heard in New York's Lower East Side. RENT was one of the first Broadway musicals to feature an ethnically diverse cast, including homosexual and bisexual characters. The closing night of RENT is expected to be one of the biggest theatrical events of the year.
The cast of Rent includes Tracie Thoms who starred as Joanne in the movie of Rent and has come to the Broadway company in the same role as well as Will Chase as Roger, Renee Elise Goldsberry as Mimi, Eden Espinosa as Maureen, Destan Owens as Collins, Adam Kantor as Mark, Justin Johnston as Angel, Rodney Hicks as Benny with Shaun Earl, Andrea Goss, Marcus Paul James, Telly Leung, Tracy McDowell, Jay Wilkison, and Gwen Stewart ("Seasons of Love" soloist). Rodney Hicks and Gwen Stewart were both in the original company of Rent and have rejoined the cast to close the show.
Photos by RD/Leon/Retna Digital
Owen Johnston, Destan Owens, Justin Johnston, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Tracy McDowell, Andrea Goss and Gwen Stewart