A local production of Rent hits the Firehouse Theater this June.
Rent, the critically acclaimed Broadway musical whose awards include a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for best musical, is returning to Richmond. Rent is a rock opera with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, reminiscent of Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. It tells a story of a group of impoverished, besieged young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create art in New York’s Lower East Side during the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City whilst hiding under the darkened shadow of HIV/AIDS.
Carol Piersol, the Firehouse Theatre’s founding artistic director states, “Rent is one of the most exciting and rewarding productions in modern theatre, and it will be a true honor to present it for Richmond audiences.” Jase Smith, the well known Firehouse theatre director joins returning Firehouse Theatre members as well as several new cast members.
The musical was first produced in a limited three-week production at a New York Theatre mainly hoping to increase popularity of musical theatre among youth. It ran for 12 years making it the eight longest running Broadway show at that time.
The production runs from June 24 until August 1, with 8 p.m. showtimes Thursdays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sunday matinees on June 27 and July 11, 18, and 25, and August 1.
Tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors 65 and older, and $12 for students and RAPT members with ID. They are available by calling the Firehouse box office at 804-355-2001 or online at www.firehousetheatre.org.