The hit musical Rent is like the Hamilton of its day. On the verge of its 20th Anniversary, the rock musical is making a comeback with select performances in Long Island from Sept. 23-27 and at Staten Island’s Harbor Lights Theater Company staging of the show from Sept. 18-Oct. 20, 2015. Both productions do have an overlap, but they are with two different theatre companies.
With music, lyrics, and a book by Jonathan Larson and loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La bohéme, Rent made its off-Broadway debut in 1996 before transferring to Broadway later that same year. The musical has since been on several tours and been performed all over the world. It came back to off-Broadway in 2011 after a successful Broadway tour in 2009.
The 1996 Tony winner for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score, Rent tells the story of a group of broke friends who are struggling to survive and create in NYC’s Alphabet City in 1991. The show follows the group over a years time as these struggling artists strive for success and acceptance while fighting off the monsters known as poverty, sickness, impending gentrification and all torturing AIDS epidemic of the 1990s.
8-26-15: Coming up on its 20th Anniversary is the hit rock musical Rent, which will make a comeback with performance in both Long Island and Staten Island between September and October. The musical has undergone several tour legs across the globe and returned to Broadway in 2011 after a successful run on the Great White Way two years prior.