RENT: Live - January 27


  Who's Who  

  • Michael Greif

    Directed by

    Michael Greif most recently directed the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre and War Paint at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway. Additional Broadway credits include Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent, Grey Gardens, Tony Award-nominated Next to Normal, Never Gonna Dance and If/Then. Off-Broadway, he’s received Obie Awards for Machinal and Dogeaters at The Public Theater; and Rent at New York Theatre Workshop. Greif holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

  • Alex Rudzinski

    Live Television Direction by

    Over the past three years, Alex Rudzinski has set a precedent for directing and producing visually stunning and original live events and musicals. Rudzinski won two Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, for his work on FOX’s Grease: Live. Later that year, he served as director and co-executive producer of Hairspray Live!, for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination in the category of Special Class Program. In 2017, Rudzinski was the Live Television Director for A Christmas Story Live! on FOX, and for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which has a record 13 Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Direction for a Dramatic Special. Since June 2005, Rudzinski has directed 400 live shows of Dancing with the Stars, piloting the show to huge acclaim at the BBC in England before bringing the format to the U.S. His other credits include World of Dance, The X Factor, Video Music Awards, and FOX’s The Masked Singer.


  • Jonathan Larson

    RENT Book, Music, and Lyrics by

    Jonathan Larson received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Rent, which also received four 1996 Tony Awards (including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Score of a Musical). Previously, Larson received the Richard Rodgers Award, the Richard Rodgers Development Grant, the Stephen Sondheim Award, and The Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation's Commendation Award. Mr. Larson died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm, believed to be caused by Marfan Syndrome, on January 25, 1996. It was 10 days before his 36th birthday and 19 days before the world premiere of Rent at Off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop. His semi-autobiographical musical tick, tick… BOOM! (which he wrote previous to Rent) had a successful run Off-Broadway at the Jane Street Theatre.


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