Symphonic Concert Premiere of Rent Holding Virtual Open Call for Kennedy Center Run | Playbill

Industry News Symphonic Concert Premiere of Rent Holding Virtual Open Call for Kennedy Center Run

The Jonathan Larson rock opera, directed by Sammi Cannold, will play the D.C. venue this summer.

Producers of the world premiere symphonic concert adaptation of Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer-winning rock opera Rent, set to play the Kennedy Center July 26-28, are holding a virtual open call for singers to perform in the ensemble.

The production is seeking performers of any race and gender identity, ages 18-late 30s, who will be available for rehearsals and performances July 21-28 (with a possible extension to July 29). Both Actors' Equity Association and non-AEA performers are welcome to audition. Virtual auditions are due by June 16; click here for detailed information.

Presented by the National Symphony Orchestra with Steven Reineke conducting, the concerts will be directed by Sammi Cannold. The new symphonic orchestration, expanded from Steve Skinner's original five-piece arrangement, has been penned by Sean O'Loughlin. 

Produced by AMP Worldwide, the limited run will also have music supervision by Sean Mayes and casting, to be announced at a later date, by Ally Kiley.

Directed by Michael Greif, Rent opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre April 29, 1996, following previews that began April 16. The musical received 10 1996 Tony nominations, subsequently winning four, including Best Musical. Larson's work also won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. After 16 previews and 5,123 regular performances, the production played its final show September 7, 2008.

Set in Manhattan in the 1990s and inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème, the hit musical follows a group of young East Village artists, performers, and philosophers as they struggle through the hardships of poverty, societal discord, and the AIDS epidemic in the search for life, love, and art.

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