Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Arrangements Steve Skinner
Original Concept/Additional Lyrics Billy Aronson
Music Supervision & Additional Arrangements Tim Weil
Dramaturg Lynn Thomson
Based on Puccini’s opera La Bohème, "Rent" follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, struggles to find his place in the world; his roommate Roger, an HIV-positive musician, wonders how he will leave his mark before he dies.
Mimi and Angel look for true love as they face the harsh reality of life as HIV-positive young people, while the businesslike Joanne seeks fidelity from her wild-child performance artist girlfriend Maureen.
The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the latter part of the last century. Rent received several awards including a Pulitzer Prize and four Tony Awards.
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk