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The Theatrical Experience that Changed Broadway Forever Is Coming to Dow

One Performance Only on February 19, 2008

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By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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Celebrate One Last Time
February 19, 2008

The Theatrical Experience that Changed Broadway Forever Is Coming to The Dow Event Center for One Performance Only on February 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring South African Idol Winner Heinz Winckler and American Idol Finalist Anwar Robinson in the National Tour of RENT!

The 2007-2008 national touring production of RENT features Heinz Winckler as Roger Davis and Anwar Robinson as Tom Collins. The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical RENT, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, is coming to The Dow Event Center in Saginaw for one performance only on February 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, priced from $26 to $52, are on sale now and can be purchased at the The Dow Event Center box office, at all Ticketmaster locations, online at, or charge by phone at 989-754-4800. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more by calling 989-759-1330.

Winckler was the winner of the first South African Idol in 2002 and the 4th place finalist in the 2003 inaugural World Idol competition, in which he competed against American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. Robinson was the 7th place finalist on the 4th season of American Idol.

On stage, Winckler played Tony in the Toronto production of West Side Story. Winckler has recorded three hit albums with Sony BMG, including: One Step Closer, Come Alive (both South African Music Award "SAMA" nominees for "best pop album") and Moment of Truth. His song, "Once in a Lifetime," was a "SAMA" nominee for "best single." He performed the song "Chasing Shadows" for the Walt Disney movie, Treasure Planet, and participated in the Westlife Greatest Hits Tour in South Africa. Winckler has received the People Magazine Award for "Hottest Hunk," "South Africa's Hottest Artist" and "Best Male Personality." He was also featured in Cosmopolitan's "Sexy Man Calendar."

Robinson will make his stage debut in this touring production of RENT. American audiences will recall Robinson as the Music Teacher who was rocketed to television stardom on season four of the pop-culture phenomenon American Idol. His vocal range quickly landed him a coveted spot in Idol's Top 10, where Judge Paula Abdul touted him as "technically the best singer of the competition." Robinson has toured the country as part of the Idols Live show. The New Jersey native has worked and appeared with a number of music icons, including Clive Davis, Patti Labelle, Kelly Price, Byron Cage and Pastor Donnie McClurkin. Robinson recently released his debut album, The Truth About Love.

Critics have called RENT "the best thing that has happened to the Broadway musical in a long time," and have said that RENT "justifies every bit of attention that has been lavished on this phenomenal musical." "It shimmers with hope for the future of the American musical." The New York Times.

RENT is the theatrical experience that transformed how a generation feels about musicals, changed Broadway forever, and inspired a major motion picture. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about being young and learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. RENT has made a lasting mark on Broadway with songs that rock and a story that really resonates.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews. It rapidly became a sold-out hit. The show transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996 where it continues to play at The Nederlander Theatre. RENT is now the 7th longest running show in Broadway history.

The success of RENT is always tempered by the death of its creator, Jonathan Larson. Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on the morning of January 25, 1996, just hours after Rent's final dress rehearsal off-Broadway, and ten days before his 36th birthday.

RENT features musical direction by Tim Weil, choreography by Marlies Yearby, set design by Paul Clay, costume design by Angela Wendt and lighting design by Blake Burba.

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RENT is presented by Jam Theatricals ( as part of the 2007-2008 Citizens Bank Presents Broadway in Saginaw Season and is sponsored by WJRT/ABC Channel 12.

Jam Theatricals is a Chicago-based entertainment company that presents and produces Broadway engagements throughout North America. Founded in 1997 by Arny Granat, Jerry Mickelson and Steve Traxler, Jam Theatricals manages subscription seasons in more than 30 cities. Jam has presented notable national touring productions including CATS, The Producers, STOMP, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Miss Saigon and Riverdance. Jam has also produced national stage tours including Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python, Barrage, Love Letters starring Robert Wagner and Jill St. John, and Second City (currently running in Las Vegas). Jam Theatricals is the recipient of three Tony Awards® for producing The History Boys (Best Play- 2006), Monty Python's Spamalot (Best Musical- 2005), and Glengarry Glen Ross (Best Revival of a Play- 2005) on Broadway. Additional Broadway credits include the following Tony®-nominated productions: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Retreat from Moscow, The Wedding Singer, and Talk Radio starring Liev Schreiber. This season on Broadway, Jam is producing August: Osage County, Rock 'N' Roll, The Seafarer and The Homecoming, as well as the upcoming November, starring Nathan Lane. Please visit for more information.

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