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Some Of Rent's Original Cast Is Reuniting For The 20th Anniversary!

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Seasons of love for everyone!!!

One of the most iconic pieces of modern theater has a big birthday this January, so the cast is reuniting to celebrate!

Rent is being honored at BroadwayCon in early 2016 for it's 20th anniversary, and after hinting that something special could be taking place, Anthony Rapp confirmed a mini-reunion from the original cast.

Photo: Vanessa Hudgens & The Rest Of The Grease: Live! Cast

Anthony took to Twitter to share that Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega, choreographer Marlies Yearby, conductor Tim Weil, and casting director Bernard Telsey will be taking part in a panel at the New York City convention on January 22.

Too bad Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs are too busy being A-Listers to attend!

Will we be seeing U there??

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Rent's Original Broadway Cast: Where Are They 18 Years Since The Show's Debut!

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La Vie Bohème!

It's been an epic 18 years since the Jonathan Larson masterpiece that is Rent premiered on the Broadway stage at the Nederlander Theatre in 1996!

Can you believe that madness?? Akita Evita, it's exciting!

Who knew an adaptation of Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème could be so fierce, ferosh and catchy!!

Since the musical is technically an adult by law, we've decided to take a look back at its original cast and see what they've been up to since taking the stage in the mid-90s.

Idina Menzel has been especially on our radar since Wicked and Frozen—but what about Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, among others?!

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, "Rent Original Cast: Where Are They 18 Years Since The Show's Debut!"

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Perez Reviews: If/Then

If Idina Menzel were not so super talented, then If/Then would be such a Debbie Downer of a show - more so than it already is!

Unfortunately, this is no Wicked or Rent.

If/Then fails to serve the greatness that is its leading lady and her big Broadway return in 10 years is dampened by a show that is underwhelming at best and laborious throughout.

The whole concept of the show, a musical ripoff of the Gwyneth Paltrow movie Sliding Doors, does a disservice to the material and actors. If/Then would have worked A LOT better as a musical comedy! The show is a dramatic musical, but you're not very invested in the characters because you don't have time to be. The action is split into two alternating stories that explore the different consequences Idina's character would have been faced with if she made different decisions in her life.

Brian Yorkey's book literally made us groan repeatedly. There were so many moments we wanted to pull our hair out throughout the show, but then - thankfully - Idina would sing and all would be temporarily better.

Note to Mr. Yorkey: cursing repeatedly does not make your show "cool" or "edgy".

And even worse and more distracting than the book was the choreography by Larry Keigwin. It is just embarrassingly cheesy and bad!

Sigh.

THANKFULLY, though, there are some real standout performances. James Snyder brings so much warmth to his role as the love interest that you can't help but fall in love with him. And LaChanze brings so much humor and personality to her role as the best friend that she almost steals the
show!

Annmarie Milazzo did a FANTASTIC job with the vocal arrangements and she must be applauded for truly giving the audience what they want - to hear Idina sing and really show off that big and iconic voice of hers!

Menzel is at the top of her game vocally, and despite the show itself being lackluster, she will still likely get a Tony nomination!

Hopefully next in line for her… Menzel with a Z! Or something like that!

A Menzel one-woman show would have a lot more appeal and would be such a universally loved hit!

Do it! Do it! Do it!

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Guess Who Idina Menzel Enjoyed A Mini RENT Reunion With! See Pic Here!

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How do you measure a day in the life of Broadway Empress Idina Menzel?!

Through her Twitter page LOLz!

And the Wicked star recently posted a pic of her impromptu meeting with former RENT costar, Anthony Rapp (above)!

Idina accompanied the adorable snap with the caption:

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