As previously reported, the final performance of the Broadway musical Rent, which will take place on September 7th, will be filmed for limited showings in movie theaters around the country. The taping will capture the performances of the show's final cast, which features Will Chase as Roger and Eden Espinoza as Maureen. According to Playbill.com, the "cinecasts" of the show will take place on the evenings of September 24th and 25th and the afternoons of September 27th and 28th.
This effort is part of a new business venture that Sony Pictures has launched called The Hot Ticket, which will reportedly include similar cinecasts of popular music concerts, the performing arts, and sporting events, all with high-definition digital projection. No specific locations for the Rent event have been announced but those interested can visits www.thehotticket.net and sign up for "ticket notifications."
In other Rent news, two of the show's increasingly long-in-the-tooth original stars, Anthony Rapp (37) and Adam Pascal (38), will take part in a national tour of the show that launches in January 2009. Rapp and Pascal played a similar gig in the Broadway production last summer, to moderately strong box-office. Hey, if our own Carol Channing could play Dolly Levi at the age of 73, why can't these guys wring every last bit of glory out of the roles of their careers?