Naderlander Theater in New York
Address: 208 West 41st Street
Length: 2 hours and 45 mins with 1 intermission
Opened: April 29, 1996
Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: East Village New York City.
Rent is the smash hit musical that's infusing and reinventing
Broadway nightly with its own brand of youthful energy.
Jonathan Larson's rock musical is the joyous, breathtaking
and inspiring story of a group of New York City East Village
artists struggling to find their voices and find love
in today's tough times.
Based on Giacomo Puccini's classic 1896 opera, La Boheme,
Rent boasts a talented and hot young cast singing some
of Broadway's most powerful songs, broaching controversial
themes like homelessness, AIDS and drug addiction with
compassion, and thrilling audiences of all ages with its
moving tale of hopes and dreams.
The show burst upon the theater scene after its creator,
Larson, died suddenly on the eve of the show's first performance
off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in January 1996.
The show then opened to raves on Broadway, winning that
year's Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize
for Drama. New York Times critic Ben Brantley raved that
Rent "shimmers with hope for the future of the American
1996 Tony Awards
Four Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score
and Best Book of a Musical
Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Michael Greif
Choreographed by Marlies Yearby
Set Design by Paul Clay
Costume Design by Angela Wendt
Lighting Design by Blake Burba
Jeremy Kushnier, Roger
Melanie Brown, Mimi
Justin Johnston, Angel
Mark Richard Ford, Tom Collins
Maggie Benjamin, Maureen
Danielle Lee Greaves, Joanne
Frenchie Davis, "Seasons of Love" soloist and