Daphne
Rent
, one of my favorite Broadway shows, will close on June 1st, after a twelve year run. It will end its run as the seventh longest running show in Broadway history, no small feat.  So with Rent on the mind, it's fitting that Daphne Rubin-Vega be our immigrant of the day. The Panamanian-born Ms. Rubin-Vega starred as Mimi in the original cast of the hit show. I have the CD of the original show and my kids listen to it all the time.  Ms. Rubin-Vega's distinctive vocals are one of the highlights of the show. While most of the original Broadway cast starred in the film version a few years ago, Ms. Rubin-Vega was pregnant and was the only leading cast member to miss being in the film. Ms. Rubin-Vega has had a busy career in the years since. She often performs in concerts and is also regularly acting. In 2006, Ms. Rubin-Vega starred as Fantine in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables and last year she co-starred with Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman in the play Jack Goes Boating.

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