‘Rent’ Brings 20th Anniversary Tour to Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK — The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning “Rent” returns to the stage locally in a 20th anniversary touring production at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in Eisenhower Auditorium.
A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out.
The show premiered off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on Feb. 13, 1996, to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. “Rent” won the 1996 Tony for Best Musical, as well as the Pulitzer for Drama. It’s one of only five musicals to win both awards.
Based on the original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk nominations for “Rent”), Evan Ensign restages this 20th-anniversary tour. Marlies Yearby (Tony nomination for “Rent”) is the choreographer.