When it hit the stage in 1996, Rent changed the world of musical theatre. Now, the 20th Anniversary Tour of Rent comes to Columbus. Some will relive the passion and inspiration they felt when the rock musical first debuted. But for others, the anniversary tour will introduce them to the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning masterpiece for the first time.
A retelling of Puccini’s La Boheme set in 1989 East Village New York, Rent tells the story of one year in the lives of seven artists who struggle to follow their dreams without selling out. At the time of its debut, tackling topics like AIDS and LGBTQ issues was bold. And while those topics don’t shock like they once did, the overall celebration of love, friendship and creativity remains timeless. As do songs like Seasons of Love and Today 4U. (And, those unfamiliar with Rent may suddenly discover from where the music for one of The Office’s greatest scenes was pulled).
If you want to nab a $25 ticket to the show, you may just be in luck. CAPA and PNC Broadway in Columbus are offering 20 seats in the first two rows of the orchestra pit for each performance. You can purchase the $25 tickets in-person at the Palace Theatre box office at 34 W. Broad Street on the day of the performance, two hours prior to the show, first come first served. Tickets are limited to two per person.