When the Broadway production of "Rent" closed in 2008 after a 12-year run, it did not die. Last year, the show went back up in an off-Broadway theater and it's got an extremely healthy touring life. In January, MusicalFare Theatre will become the latest small professional theater to mount its own version of the production.
And at least two of its original stars, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, are still trading heavily on the success of "Rent" in a touring performance that combines stories about the show with renditions of a range of Broadway songs. The pair performs at 8 tonight in Buffalo State College's Rockwell Hall (1300 Elmwood Ave.).
"Rent" devotees will recall Rapp's performance of the bescarfed, preppy filmmaker and narrator Mark in the original production and Pascal's gruff-voiced portrayal of Roger, the testy aspiring guitarist, ex-heroin addict and proto-hipster with a heart of gold. Together, they'll perform acoustic and electric versions of songs from "Rent," "Spring Awakening" and "Aida," along with "fresh interpretations of Sondheim songs."
Tickets are $30 to $35. For more information, call 878-3005 or visit www.buffalostatepac.org.
-- Colin Dabkowski