Jonathan Larson, a previously unknown composer, changed the musical world forever when Rent premiered on Broadway in 1996. In Rent, Larson delved into topics many were afraid to bring to the stage, such as the HIV/AIDs epidemic, issues with drug addiction, and societal issues concerning homosexuality. Rent instantly resonated with audiences, evoking deep emotional responses that drew people into the story. Larson’s ability to affect audiences in this manner is due to the fact that Rent was written about friends he knew who were dying of HIV/AIDs and were dealing with the societal vilification of the homosexual population and those with drug addictions. Larson lived in the heart of New York’s bohemia and was struck by how many people were dying while the world seemed not to care. Larson’s ability to tell this story in a way that would reach people was effective; Rent received four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards, two Theatre World Awards and a Pultizer Prize.
About the Creator of Rent
Jonathan Larson had used musicals as a way to address social issues since he was a teenager and wrote musicals for his high school to perform. As time went on, he wrote lyrics for a satirical musical called Presidential Politics and another musical called The Evils of Ronald Reagan's America. Larson had a dream of turning George Orwell’s classic, 1984, into a musical, but could not get the rights to it. It was Rent that allowed Larson to break out and become a renowned writer. Ironically, Larson would never get to enjoy the success of Rent or see how it would impact the world. He tragically died the morning of the final dress rehearsal before Rent was to open off-Broadway. The unexpected death affected the cast deeply, but they decided that the show would go on in honor of their friend and the work he did to shed light on the topics that Rent covers. Since that premiere performance, Rent has been performed over 5,000 times.
Where can I buy Rent Los Angeles tickets?
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What is the plot of Rent?
Rent begins as two roommates deal with a letter they received stating they will have to pay rent in a building where they had been living for free. Throughout the show, character Mark Cohen is doing video in an effort to create a documentary about the bohemian world. As you follow his efforts for authenticity in the documentary, you also meet his circle of friends and the love interests they pick up along the way. Rent gives insight into those who suffered from HIV/AIDs, showing it was not just a disease that affected homosexual men but that anyone could get it. Every cast member seeks validation and wants to impact the world in some way, and Rent shows how they all find the core of themselves through their struggles.
Who is in the Rent cast?
Rent's tour cast consists of Shaun Earl playing Benny, Nicolette Hart playing Maureen, Justin Johnston playing Angel Schunard and Trisha Jeffrey playing Mimi Marquez. The Tour cast is subject to change, and there are swings who play on certain days.
How long is Rent?
Rent usually runs for approximately two hours and 45 minutes. While most musicals this length include an intermission, Rent does not always do so.
In what venue is Rent Los Angeles performed?
Los Angeles has many amazing theaters, including the Fonda Theatre and the Los Angeles Theatre. Be sure to check StubHub to see which theater Rent will be playing at next.