Rent Announces Cast Changes, Seeks New Talent
According to Link, "Rent is a tough show to sing 8 times a week, twice a day on weekends. It requires a larynx of steel. Classical opera singers get triple-cast and have a couple of days to rest between shows -- and they're not rocking out like we are." Link described his health problems as including "recurrent laryngitis, hoarseness and pre-nodular edema."
The Rent company continues to experience a high rate of turnover. Original cast member Gwen Stewart, who soloed in the show's well-known "Seasons of Love" number, has returned to the Broadway production as of November 15; she appeared on Broadway earlier this season in the Roundabout Theatre Company/Deaf West production of Big River.
In other Rent news, the show's producers have announced the beginning of an international Internet talent search called "Wanna Be In Rent?" They have also launched an associated website, www.wannabeinrent.com.