Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Rent, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is celebrating 25 years of being a pop culture phenomenon.
The show, loosely based on Puccini’s La Boheme, follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen struggles with her own chronic infidelity through performance art while her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general.
How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provide the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.