"Rent" Due June 6

The critically acclaimed Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, "Rent," will return to Boston's Shubert Theatre for a three week engagement beginning June 6. Having inspired the major motion picture of the same name, "Rent" has been called "the best thing that has happened to the Broadway musical in a long time." The June engagement will mark the show's sixth visit to Boston.

Written by Jonathan Larson and inspired by Puccini's "La Boheme," "Rent" is the uplifting but often bittersweet story of a community of artists as they struggle with the hopes and realities of today's world.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996, to ecstatic reviews. Becoming an instant hit, the show transferred to Broadway in April of the same year. It has played at The Nederlander Theatre ever since, making it the 7th longest running show in Broadway history.

The success of the show has always been tempered by the untimely death of Larson, who died of an aortic aneurysm on the morning of January 25, 1966, just hours after "Rent's" final dress rehearsal off-Broadway -- and just ten days before his 36th birthday.

For tickets and information, stop by the Shubert box office at 265 Tremont Street, call 800-447-7400 or visit www.wangcenter.org.

-- OnStage Boston


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