Starring Buffalo’s RENT Builds a Bridge Between Buffalo and Broadway

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Written by SOB Creative

Published on November 1, 2021

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Photo courtesy of Starring Buffalo

Get excited: Starring Buffalo will make its return to live performances with their production of RENT at Shea’s 710 Theater in downtown Buffalo.

Founded back in 2017, Starring Buffalo’s mission has always been to build an artistic bridge between Broadway and Buffalo. Their shows aim to offer Buffalo audiences unparalleled access to Broadway’s greatest performers, and simultaneously provides opportunities for WNY students to learn from, work alongside, and be inspired by these stars.

So what makes this two-day live performance event of RENT so special? 

Starring Buffalo’s production of RENT will feature a combination of world-renowned actors from Broadway, Buffalo’s top arts professionals and students, and for the first time, a group of passionate community singers! The production will be presented in Starring Buffalo’s signature staged concert format, making it a truly unique and unforgettable experience.


Photo courtesy of Starring Buffalo

Broadway Actors

Lead roles in RENT will be played by three visiting actors from Broadway. 

  • Playing the role of Roger is Jay Armstrong Johnson, who has appeared in five Broadway shows including most recently as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Playing the role of Mimi is Jerusha Cavazos, who has recently appeared in Broadway’s The Prom and on TV in FBI.
  • Playing the role of Mark is Troy Iwata, most recently in Broadway’s Be More Chill and Netflix’s Dash & Lily
Photo courtesy of Starring Buffalo

Buffalo Professional Actors

Other roles in RENT will be played by some of the finest actors in the Buffalo theater community. 

They include Leah Berst as Maureen, Dudney Joseph Jr as Collins, Alex McArthur as Joann, Blaise Mercedes as Pam, Jennifer Mysliwy as Mrs. Cohen, Joe Russi as Angel, Sean Ryan as Steve, and Jonathan Young as Benny.


Starring Buffalo Community Chorus

The third group is the chorus, which is composed of volunteers from throughout the Buffalo area who were chosen by audition. This highly selective group ranges in age from high school students to grandparents and are united by their talent and love of theater.

Purchase Your Tickets Now

To reserve tickets to this one-of-a-kind Buffalo theater event, visit Shea’s website. You can also keep up with Starring Buffalo by finding them on Instagram and Facebook.

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