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January 24, 2019

Performed with commitment, focus and enough energy to send audiences home on a contact high, by a cast of vibrant, young actors, this revelatory revival of Rent proves the show's undying power.

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Why See Rent?

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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!

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Performance date: 24 January 2019

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Recomended for mature audiences, contains strong language and sex references

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Production images by Carol Rosegg

Cast and Creative

Cast

Logan Marks as Mark Cohen
Logan Farine as Roger Davis
Deri'andra Tucker as Mimi Marquez
Devinre Adams as Tom Collins
Javon King as Angel Dumott Schunard
Lyndie Moe as Maureen Johnson
Lencia Kebede as Joanne Jefferson
Marcus John as Benny Coffin III

Ensemble: Joshua Bess, Jasmine Lawrence, Alex Lugo, Chase Mccall, Benjamin H. Moore, Jasmine Overbaugh, Tori Palin, Sean Ryan, James Schoppe, Kyle Segar, Samantha Souzer, J.T. Wood

Creative

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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Kimberly : “AMAZING.”

Loved it. Gave me goosebumps. Amazing voices. You all rocked it!!!! more

Valerie Harris: “If you loved the original, this show is as good as it gets!”

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