Rent puts the "rock" in rock musicals and has won a Tony Award in 1996 and has won a Pulitzer Prize Award. Rent has been regarded as the theater experience of our time. The musical is built on rock and roll and is a hit for all ages. Bringing home four Tony Awards in its opening season in 1996, Rent has not slowed down its romp through the theater world. If you haven’t witnessed this remarkable stage experience they you should wait no longer.
The musical was first seen in a limited three-week workshop production at New York Theatre Workshop in 1994. This sameNew York City off-Broadway theatre was also the musical's initial home following its official January 25, 1996 opening. The musical moved to Broadway's larger Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996 . Rent was critically acclaimed and won a Tony Award for Best Musical among other awards. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008 after a 12-year run.
Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award winner reinvented musicals when it debuted in 1996. It is an inspiring story about friends and artists struggling in New York City’s East Village,. Rent tackles addiction, poverty, AIDS and love.
With its single industrial set and a score that shifts easily between pounding rock numbers and pop-style ballads,Rent remains the quintessential rock musical. The show’s narrator leads the audience through the emotional rollercoaster of its plot.
The story is based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme, and it tells the story of a group of impoverished friends struggling to survive and create in New York’s gritty Alphabet City in 1991. Over the course of one year, Rent follows these starving artists as they strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness, impending gentrification and the AIDS epidemic.
Rent contains heavy subjects like people living with AIDS, sex, drugs and rock n roll, which might be too much for younger audience members. With its insistent rock score and themes of rebellion and independence, Rent has always been a teen favorite. The show’s many love stories appeal to all ages.