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Rent - Off-Broadway

Jonathan Larson's ground-breaking musical returns to the New York stage.


What Is the Story of Rent?
Loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme, Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished friends struggling to survive and create in New York’s gritty Alphabet City in 1991. Over the course of one year, Rent follows these starving artists as they strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness, impending gentrification and the AIDS epidemic.

Should I See It?

What Is Rent Like?
With its single industrial set and a score that shifts easily between pounding rock numbers and pop-style ballads, Rent remains the quintessential rock musical. The show’s narrator (filmmaker Mark) leads the audience through the emotional rollercoaster of its plot. While the day-to-day struggles of scraping by make up the show’s narrative, the heart of Rent remains the multiple love stories that run throughout.

Is Rent Good for Kids?
Saturated with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, Rent also contains heavy subjects like people living with AIDS (and dying of it) that might be too much for younger audience members. With its insistent rock score and themes of rebellion and independence—and despite an onstage death and some very emotional moments—Rent has always been a teen favorite. The show’s many love stories appeal to all ages.