March 12 - April 6
Music, Lyrics and Book by
Directed by Jim Corti
“the best production of Rent I’ve seen, Broadway included”
Hedy Weiss / Chicago Sun-Times
“more relatable and deeply touching than any production I’ve seen”
Dean Richards / WGN-TV & Radio
“a very fulsome and expansive union Rent”
3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Chris Jones / Chicago Tribune
“another Broadway-caliber production that feels exuberantly alive and fresh”
3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Scott Morgan / Daily Herald
“another truly masterful production”
5 out of 5 stars | Highly Recommended
Alan Bresloff / Around Town Chicago
“timeless fresh, alive, and rip-roaringly fun. Don’t miss it.”
4 out of 4 stars
David Zak / Chicago Stage Standard
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Possibly no other musical in recent Broadway history received such anticipation for its opening or such immediate stardom after its very first performance than RENT. Rolling Stone, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and even the front cover of Newsweek all heralded RENT as THE modern musical of our time. It went on to win 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and a Pulitzer Prize.
Based on the experiences of creator Jonathan Larson – and loosely based on the opera La Boheme – RENT immerses you in the lives of 8 young artists and musicians living in the Lower East Side of the Bohemian Alphabet City. From a poet and a musician to a lawyer and a drag queen, their lives are intertwined as they fight to survive in the Big Apple and, in some cases, fight for their mortality from HIV. In the end, it’s friendship, love and the ability to maintain their individuality that keeps these souls together.
The music is a myriad of styles from rock and funk to gospel and heart-aching ballads. The stage is filled with extraordinary dance numbers celebrating life and mourning mistakes. And when the curtain goes down, RENT will revitalize your soul.
Runtime: 2 hours and 30 minutes with 15-minute intermission
Rated R: Includes brief nudity with strong adult language & themes. Not recommended for those under 18.