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Cromer to pay ‘Rent’

Director to stage Chicago production

David Cromer has signed on to direct a Chicago production of “Rent,” opening next year in a staging from the Windy City’s American Theater Company and About Face Theater.

Gotham regular Cromer (“The House of Blue Leaves,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Our Town”) has helmed more than one Chi show that eventually made the move to New York, but that seems unlikely for “Rent.” Commercial producers recently opened an Off Broadway outpost of the tuner, three years after it shuttered on the Rialto.

Another project of Cromer’s, new musical “Yank!,” will be workshopped this fall at the Old Globe in San Diego; producers have previously announced their intention to bring the show to Broadway, but no timeline has yet been set. A play revival to which Cromer is said to be attached, the Nicole Kidman starrer “Sweet Bird of Youth,” hasn’t yet locked down a cast or target dates.

“Rent” will close the 27th season of ATC, which recently produced a popular revival of the racy original version of “Grease.”

“Rent” opens June 7 at ATC.

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