Rent became a cult classic when it was first seen on Broadway in 1996. Since then, the musical has toured the country many times. It has received critical acclaim, including the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996. It also has a special place in my heart, as it was the first Broadway production that I ever saw on-stage. When it debuts at Casa Manana, audiences are sure to be blown away by the amazing songs and deep rooted message of this musical.
Rent follows several struggling artists and musicians in New York's Lower East Side as they try to cope with life. It is a dark musical that depicts characters unable to pay their bills, yet still searching for love. As soon as things start to look brighter for many of the characters, their dreams are once again shattered by an AIDS epidemic.
The script and music were both written by Jonathan Larson. He began Rent in 1989 at the age of 29. His goal was to create a rock opera that would appeal to the MTV generation. He far exceeded his goals. It is one of the only shows on Broadway where the audience consists of tuxedo-clad patrons sitting next to green Mohawk sporting punks. The musical really broke down barriers that were set up by previous shows.
Larson, unfortunately, passed away right before Rent made it to Broadway. He never got to see the success of his one and only show.
Fort Worth music lovers of all ages should purchase tickets to this amazing musical. It is only running for one week, March 3 - 11. Do be aware that some of the content may not be suitable for youngsters. Bring them at your own discretion. Tickets range in price from $40 to $65 and can be purchased from Ticketmaster. The tickets are sure to sell out for all shows, so buy them early.