Two of the original stars of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical “Rent” will bring Broadway to the stage when Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series presents “Direct From ‘Rent’ – Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp Live!” on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Pascal and Rapp will present a pop/rock concert celebrating their individual careers, as well as sing hit songs and share stories from Jonathan Larson’s ground-breaking musical.
Pascal originated the role of Roger Davis, the struggling HIV-positive musician in “Rent,” for which he landed a Tony Award nomination in 1996. He reprised his role for the 2005 movie version of the musical and the Broadway Tour of “Rent” in 2009. He also originated the role of Ramades in Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s “Aida” and played the emcee from the 1998 revival of “Cabaret.”
Rapp is best known for his role as Mark Cohen, the documentary filmmaker and narrator of “Rent.” He has appeared in numerous films, including “Adventures in Babysitting,” “Dazed and Confused,” the Oscar-winning “A Beautiful Mind” and most recently, the film adaptation of “Rent.” On Broadway his credits include “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and the play “Six Degrees of Separation.” He is an accomplished author, having penned the book “Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical ‘Rent’” that he has adapted into a one-man show.
“Rent” ran on Broadway for 12 years, from 1996 to 2008 with 5,124 performances, making it the eighth longest running Broadway show. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 1996 and won four, including Best Musical.
Tickets are $30 per person and group discount tickets are available. For more information about purchasing tickets, contact the Cultural Events Series at 301-687-3137 or visit http://ces.frostburg.edu.
The Cultural Events Series is supported by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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