Why See Rent?
It was Twenty Years Ago Today...
Rent, one of theater's most vibrant, bold and important musicals, returns in a new 20th Anniversary touring production. The winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Jonathan Larson's show is a fearless portrait of a HIV-stricken group of New Yorkers, set to a propulsive rock 'n' roll score. Driven by an energetic pace that never lets up, Rent is overflowing with great songs and characters, and ultimately forms an electrifying portrait of life and love flourishing in the face of adversity.
Rent originally opened amidst tragedy in 1996, with its author Jonathan Larson dying unexpectedly just hours before the show's Off-Broadway premiere. The huge acclaim which greeted his creation ensured his place in theatrical history though, with Variety calling it "the best show in years, if not decades". Rent was subsequently adapted for the screen in 2005, with many of the original Broadway cast, including Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs and Anthony Rapp, reprising their roles.
WHAT IS RENT ABOUT?
Like its inspiration, Puccini's La Boheme, Rent follows the lives of a band of bohemians who are struggling to keep their heads above water. In this version they're living in modern day New York, and the oppressive spectre of HIV/AIDs, rather than tuberculosis, hangs over them.
The starving artists include film-maker Mark, whose girlfriend Maureen has left him for another woman, and his HIV positive roommate Roger, who is trying to write "the" song before dying. Roger is also caught in the midst a whirlwind relationship with S&M dancer and heroin addict Mimi.
Did You Know?
The original Broadway production ran for an incredible 12 years and 5,123 performances, making it the tenth-longest-running Broadway show in history!
Performance date: 20 January 2018
Recomended for mature audiences, contains strong language and sex references
And before you stop reading
Production images by Carol Rosegg
Cast and Creative
Danny Kornfeld as Mark Cohen
Kaleb Wells as Roger Davis
Skyler Volpe as Mimi Marquez
Aaron Harrington as Tom Collins
David Merino as Angel Dumott Schunard
Katie LaMark as Maureen Johnson
Jasmine Easler as Joanne Jefferson
Christian Thompson as Benny Coffin III
Ensemble: Bryson Bruce, John Devereaux, Tim Ehrlich, Sammy Ferber, Paola Hernandez, Alia Hodge, Natalie Lipin, Jordan Long, Michael McClure, Timothy McNeill, Futaba Shioda & Alexis Louise Young
Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Based on La Boheme by Puccini
Original Direction by Michael Greif
Staged by Evan Ensign
Choreography by Marlies Yearby
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