In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theater. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s “RENT” continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. The 20th Anniversary Tour of “Rent” takes to the stage at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) at Penn State York at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26.
Tickets can be purchased at The Pullo Center Box Office, by phone at 717-505-8900 or online. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 717-505-8935. Ticket prices are $35, $49, and $65. Penn State York students can purchase one ticket at the box office for the special price of $25.
“RENT,” the 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 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.
Based on the original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign has restaged this 20th anniversary tour. Marlies Yearby (Tony Nomination, RENT) will serve as choreographer.
The “RENT” 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include “Cinderella,” “MAMMA MIA!”, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”,” Vocalosity,” and “Crazy For You.”