Raising money with ‘Rent’

Musician from original production joins performance

— “Being a part of ‘Rent’ in 1996 was one of the most outstandingly memorable times of my life,” he said in a statement. “To be a part of what was probably the most original, groundbreaking musical of the decade was a gift then. I’m very pleased to be able to perform it again this summer in Schenectady.”

The remount of the Our Own Productions of “Rent” at The Egg includes all of the original principal actors from the show. There are also several new cast members and the stage is larger at SLOC’s performing arts center.

“I like the fact that [‘Rent’] was as revolutionary when it came out as ‘Hair’ was in 1968. When it came out, it revolutionized musical theater in the same way,” said Teichner. “It was the first time in a while that rock was used in a musical to effect … it was the first time that somebody had really used it to great effect in quite a while.”

Malachowski attended the previous production of “Rent” at The Egg, which led him to be interested in joining a returning performance.

“I told the folks if they did it again to let me know, because I would like to be involved,” said Malachowski. “It really suits me as a guitarist because it is a rock show; it is a real rock show. The basic themes are deeper than your normal rock musical. It is very timely even now, and it is just important stuff. … It is still relevant in many ways.”

Teichner said the show also focuses on the human experience and how people struggle or thrive. No matter where it is shown, he said, the production is received well.

“People will see it over and over again … and no matter how many times you see it you still have emotional reactions to it,” said Teichner. “It is very powerful and it continues to be very powerful.”

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