Some shows absolutely require mega-watts of youthful energy, and Rent is definitely one of them. If you'd like to see Jonathan Larson's beloved rock opera performed by a super-talented cast whose average age is somewhere around 20, get yourself to New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, where the NJPAC/New Jersey Youth Theatre production of the show is on view from July 16 through 25. Featured here in my photos of the dress rehearsal are Joe Tolentino as Roger (he's actually the understudy/alternate for Shayne Kennon), Chelsea Cortes as Mimi, Mike Zimmerman as Mark, Lauren Campbell as Maureen, Te La Curtis-Lee as Joanne, J. Aaron Boykin as Tom Collins, M.J. Rodriguez as Angel, Derrick Hicks as Benny, and the rest of the company. For more information on the show, visit www.njpac.org.
Published on Thursday, July 15, 2010
Michael Portantiere has more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has interviewed theater notables for NPR.org, PLAYBILL, STAGEBILL, and OPERA NEWS, and has written notes for several cast albums. Michael is co-author of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: BEHIND THE MYLAR CURTAIN, published in 2008 by Hal Leonard/Applause. Additionally, he is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several major websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.) He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org