Thursday, March 5, 1998

Raising the Rent profile
By JOHN COULBOURN -- Toronto Sun

Things were shaking on the Rent front yesterday, with the Mirvish organization making several announcements about the hit musical playing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Rent's Toronto run, which was slated to end May 3, has now been extended to July 26, with tickets for the new block on sale, March 9.

After its Toronto closing, the musical then heads to Ottawa's National Arts Centre, where it will open July 28 as part of Festival Canada '98.

Following an Ottawa run, the musical heads for Vancouver's Vogue Theatre, where it is slated to open in September. Sources indicate that the national tour may also include stops in Edmonton, Regina and possibly even Montreal, where the cast would, of course, perform en francais.

In other Rent news, Canadian Saskia Garel replaces Krysten Cummings in the Toronto production, as Mimi, on March 11.

Cummings, who originated the role here in Toronto, is bound for England, where she will play Mimi in the West End premiere of Rent.