A few years ago, Rent came to the big screen by means of Chris Columbus, from a screenplay by The Perks of Being a Wallflower scribe, Stephen Chbosky. What made the film particularly special was that almost all of the Broadway cast reprised their roles for the movie -- thereby keeping the original spark. It was a smart move on their part -- it's hard to complain about an adaptation when the main players are into it. Variety is now reporting that both Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal, who played Mark and Roger on stage and screen, have returned to the show for the next six weeks. For Rapp, that means stepping into the shoes he first filled all the way back in 1994, during the workshop version (Roger, at the time, was played by Tony Hoylen).

Rapp said after his return: "It feels like home." While most of the costumes have changed over the last 10+ years, he wears "the same old coat, but new everything else." For Pascal, fans were so happy to see him back on the stage that when he began to sing the wrong verse during the performance, "the entire audience laughed right along with him." I've never gotten into Rent, but I've always been a fan of Rapp. To me, he'll always be Daryl from Adventures in Babysitting, McGoo in School Ties and of course, the geeky Tony in Dazed and Confused.
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