Labeled as a “rock opera” and one of the most well-known contemporary musicals of all time, “Rent” tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create in New York City’s East Village.
“Rent” will be performed Sept. 2-7 at the Wagon Wheel Theatre.
Set in lower East Side New York City, “Rent” tells the story of a group of young bohemian artists struggling to live and pay their rent while living with and through the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
According to a press release from the Wagon Wheel, “They try to not only maintain their friendships and their lives but also maintain their non-conformist ideals. They measure their quality of life not in money and success but rather in love and acceptance. ‘Rent’ is a story about commitment, relationships, romance, inspiration, courage, passion, acceptance, expression, communication and sacrifice. Above all, it is a story about life and the struggles we all face.”
With over 5,000 performances in its 12 year run on Broadway, “Rent” is the ninth longest-running musical. It won the Tony Award for best musical as well as a Pulitzer Prize in 1996. In 2005 “Rent” was made into a movie with most of the members of the original cast playing their well-known Broadway roles on the big screen.
Artistic director and choreographer Scott Michaels is excited to be directing “Rent.” Scott said, “This show brings up very important and relevant issues in today’s world such homosexuality, acceptance and HIV/AIDS. We are thrilled to be producing this amazing piece of musical theatre material. We hope that this show will open eyes, minds and hearts in a world that’s often so closed off.”
Tickets range from $15 to $34. Discounts are available for college students and seniors on designated performances. For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit www.wagonwheeltheatre.org or call the box office at 574-267-8041.
This show is rated R and presented with original content and strong language.