See ‘Rent’ At The State Theatre For The Arts!
Rent, one of the most iconic and beloved musicals of all time, is on tour for its 20th touring anniversary and is coming to Easton! This groundbreaking stage production is based on Puccini’s La Boheme but set in 1990s Manhattan. Both productions focus on the lives of starving young artists and how they’re plagued by the common diseases of their day – tuberculosis in La Boheme and HIV/AIDS in Rent.
Rent was Johnathon Larson’s life’s work. He began working on it 1989 and after several hundred revisions throughout the early ’90s Rent debuted on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996 – one hundred years after La Boheme first debuted in 1896. Unfortunately, Larson never got to see the amazing success of Rent, as he passed away in January of 1996 shortly before the show opened on Broadway. The show was also adapted into a film in 2005 in which much of the original cast reprised their roles, save for the actresses who played Mimi and Joanne.
The original tour ran from April 1996 to September 7, 2008 – a 12-year run with 5,123 performances, making it the 11th-longest-running Broadway show. Rent has had several tours over the years, beginning in late 1996 and extending through 2010. After the final show in 2010, the show took a six-year hiatus until the 20th Anniversary Tour began in 2016. This newest tour will run through mid-2020.
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Rent’s Critical Acclaim
Rent is not only beloved by theater fans across the world, but it also impressed critics as well. The show was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 1996 and won four including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. Rent also secured a Pulitzer prize in April of 1996, just days before its original Broadway debut. At the time, it was one of only seven musicals to have won the prestigious award. Since then, only two more musicals have joined this rank: Next to Normal and Hamilton.
Rent is in Easton for one night only, so be sure to snag tickets to see this amazing production soon!