Rent, the Rock opera with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, is the second longest running show on Broadway. Based on Puccini’s timeless opera La Boheme, Rent tells the stories of young artists living in a time of plague. Since its debut on Broadway in the early ‘90s, Rent has successfully toured the United States multiple times.
Rent follows the lives of a group of struggling young artists in New York City’s avante garde subculture. Taking place in the city’s rough neighborhood of Alphabet City, the musical introduces the audience to a unique group of friends: a heroin addict/exotic dancer, a lesbian lawyer, a filmmaker, a musician, cross-dressing gay drummer, a bisexual performance artist, a philosophy professor, and a landlord. All save two are HIV+ or have AIDS. Year after year audiences return for the modern take on Puccini’s enduring love story/tragedy. The musical about friendship, creativity, and love in an era ravaged by AIDS has touched millions. One of the most acclaimed productions in Broadway history, Rent is not a show to miss.