“Rent” 20th Anniversary Tour Coming to IUP November 21

Posted on 11/8/2019 4:37:33 PM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Lively Arts has announced that Rent 20th Anniversary Tour tickets are on sale now. The Broadway musical will play for one night only on Thursday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the Performing Arts Center box office on the campus of IUP, by visiting the Lively Arts website, or by calling 724-357-1313. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 724-357-2787 or emailing lively-arts@iup.edu.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway—and forever changed the landscape of American theater. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.Scene from “Rent”

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996, to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. Rent won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Based on original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, Rent), Evan Ensign re-staged the 20th anniversary tour. Original Broadway creatives Marlies Yearby (choreography), Angela Wendt (costume Desdgn), and Tim Weil (music supervision and additional arrangements) are joined by Jonathan Spencer (lighting design), Keith Caggiano (sound design), MiRi Park (associate choreographer), and Matthew Maraffi (adapting original scenic design by Paul Clay) to make up the creative team for the tour. Casting for the tour is by Wojcik | Seay Casting.

The Rent 20th anniversary tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include the 2016 Olivier Award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Bandstand, and the upcoming tour of the Tony award-winning musical Ain’t Too Proud.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $48 for regular admission, $42 for seniors/I-Card/military, and $24 for students and children. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. The ticket office is closed for university holidays. For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS), or email lively-arts@iup.edu.

The Ovations Series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.