“Rent” is finally due. The groundbreaking Broadway tuner has announced a closing date of June 1 after a year of consistently low grosses briefly buoyed by the return of the original cast. The show will have played 5,012 performances and 16 previews in its 12-year run at the Nederlander theater, making it the seventh-longest running show in Rialto history, just ahead of the current revival of “Chicago.”
Directed by Michael Greif, Jonathan Larson’s loose adaptation of “La Boheme” garnered enthusiastic critical and commercial attention as soon as it opened at the New York Theater Workshop in February, 1996. The 35-year-old author died of an aortic aneurysm on the night of the show’s final dress rehearsal. His show went on to Broadway two months later, and won multiple awards including four Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
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“Rent” is frequently credited with the nascence of its cast’s careers — original members include legit and film mainstays like Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, and Daphne Rubin-Vega.
The show has grossed $280 million so far on Broadway and an additional $330 million on the road. It also spawned a 2005 film adaptation helmed by director Chris Columbus.