Adam Chanler-Berat, late of Next to Normal and Peter and the Starcatcher, will play documentary filmmaker Mark Cohen in the Off-Broadway relaunch of the rock musical Rent, producers announced on June 8.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony Award-honored 1996 musical by the late Jonathan Larson began Off-Broadway before moving to Broadway and international fame. Original director Michael Greif will again direct. The revival begins an open-ended run July 14 (opening Aug. 11) at New World Stages in midtown Manhattan.
The new cast of Rent also includes Annaleigh Ashford (Maureen Johnson), Margot Bingham (Alexi Darling, Roger’s Mom, and others), Nicholas Christopher (Tom Collins), Arianda Fernandez (Mimi Marquez), Marcus Paul James (Mr. Jefferson, Paul, and others), Tamika Sonja Lawrence (Mrs. Jefferson, woman with bags), Corbin Reid (Joanne Jefferson), Michael Rodriguez (Angel Schunard), Matt Shingledecker (Roger Davis), Ephraim Sykes (Benjamin Coffin III), Ben Thompson (Christmas caroler, Mr. Grey, The Man, and others), Michael Wartella (Steve, Gordon, Waiter, and others) and Morgan Weed (Mark’s Mom and others). Also in the company are Sean Michael Murray, Xavier Cano and Genny Padilla.