Over the past couple of years I’ve had the opportunity to see some pretty spectacular Broadway performances. From The Phantom of the Opera to Wicked and everything in between. It’s been a lot of fun to experience such a wide variety of performances. This weekend I’ll be heading up to Portland to see one that I haven’t seen before: RENT.
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. RENT is the winner of the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is one of only five musicals to win both awards.
Ticket and performance Information:
The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour will be at Portland’s Keller Auditorium for five performances only. The schedule for the Portland engagement is:
Friday, January 20 7:30pm
Saturday, January 21 2:00pm – ASL/ Audio Described Performance 7:30pm
Sunday, January 22 1:00pm
6:30pm – Open Caption Performance
Wheelchair seating is available at all performances. For information on ADA seating, please call the Portland Opera Box Office at 503-241-1802, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Portland Opera Box Office in person (Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm)
Tickets can be purchased:
Have you seen RENT before? What are your thoughts? Comment below and let us know! 🙂