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Following in the footsteps of Avenue Q—the other hit musical about disaffected young people struggling to make it in the Big City—Rent, which ran on Broadway for 12 years (how do you measure, measure a year?), reopens Off Broadway, heat and hot water included. Set in NYC’s East Village, this rock musical—a modern take on the classic Puccini opera, La Boheme—tells the story of a group of young artists learning to survive, falling in love, finding their voices and living for today.
Rent, by the late Jonathan Larson, is directed by Michael Greif, who directed the show’s original Off-Broadway and Broadway runs. The creative includes choreographer Larry Keigwin, set designer Mark Wendland, costume designer Angela Wendt and lighting designer Kevin Adams.
The musical made its Broadway debut in April 1996. In addition to winning a Pulitizer Prize for drama, Rent won every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award.
In December 2011 , MJ Rodriguez, who plays Angel in this revival of Rent, has won the prestigious 2011 Clive Barnes Award, which celebrates the work of young actors and dancers.