"Rent" Sets June Dates at Wang

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning landmark musical "Rent," written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, returns to Boston in June for 8 performances at The Wang Theatre.  Playing Tuesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 20, this engagement marks "Rent 's" fifth visit to Boston. 

Inspired by Puccini 's "La Boheme," "Rent" is a vibrant and often bittersweet musical celebrating a community of artists as they struggle with the hopes and realities of today 's world.      
Considered by many to be the most original American musical to come along in a decade, "Rent" single-handedly reinvigorated Broadway when it opened in 1996.    The show made its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 and was met with ecstatic reviews.  It quickly became a sold-out hit as it captured the spirit of a generation.

The success of "Rent" has  always been tempered by the untimely death of its creator, Jonathan Larson.  Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on the morning of January 25, 1996, just hours after "Rent's" final dress rehearsal off-Broadway, and ten days before his 36th birthday.

The show subsequently transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996, and continues to play to standing room only audiences at the Nederlander Theatre.  On February 10, 2004, "Rent" surpassed "Fiddler On The Roof" to become the tenth longest running show in Broadway history.   The most honored musical since "A Chorus Line" in 1976, "Rent" is only the fifth musical to ever be honored with both the Pulitzer and a Tony.

For information and tickets, stop by  The Wang Theatre box office at  270 Tremont Street, call 800-447-7400 or log onto either  www.wangcenter.org or www.telecharge.com. Discounted member tickets are available exclusively through Show of the Month Club at 617 -338-1111.

Additional show information can be found at www.rentthetour.com.

-- OnStage Boston


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