There’s a new trend in New York theater: Close a show on Broadway and move it to an off-Broadway venue. New World Stages recently resurrected Avenue Q and The 39 Steps. Now they’re bringing back Rent, and the cast is hot, young and extremely talented. Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning musical has been in previews since July 14 and ready to make it’s big fat comeback on August 11.
GayCities/Queerty photoblogger Jeffrey James Keyes snuck into the theater and took a few pictures of the new cast, which includes Annaleigh Ashford (Maureen), Margot Bringham (Alexi Darling, Roger’s Mom), Adam Chanler-Berat (Mark), Nicholas Christopher (Collins), Arianda Fernandez (Mimi), Marcus Paul James (Mr. Jefferson, Paul), Tamika Sonja Lawrence (Mrs. Jefferson), Matt Shingledeker (Roger), Ephraim Sykes (Benny), Ben Thompson (Christmas caroler, Mr. Grey), Michael Wartella (Steve, Gordon), and Morgan Weed (Mark’s Mom).
Michael Greif, who directed the original production, leads this adorable cast through the musical story about a group of Bohemians struggling with life, love and AIDS in the East Village of the 1980s. Don’t lie, you know all the words.
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Photos by Jeffrey James Keyes