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RENT 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR Coming To Boston's Boch Shubert Theatre 4/11-27

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RENT, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning landmark rock musical written by Jonathan Larson, returns to Boston to play a two week engagement at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre April 11 - 23, 2017. Presented by the Boch Center, tickets are on sale at the Boch Center box office, through www.bochcenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738.

The engagement will mark the 8th time that RENT has played in Boston. RENT has enjoyed unrivaled success in Boston, including sold-out runs and surpassing box office records. In November 1996, RENT kicked off its first tour in Boston, with a record-breaking 29 week run at the Shubert Theatre. In June 1999, RENT returned for a sold-out six week engagement. And in April 2001, when RENT played at the Wang Theatre, it broke the all-time box office record for a week-long musical engagement in Boston, with ticket sales over $1,591,000. Subsequent engagements continued that successful tradition.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway... and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. 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.

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 is winner of the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is one of only five musicals to win both awards.

Leading the cast is Danny Kornfeld as "Mark Cohen," Kaleb Wells as "Roger Davis," Skyler Volpe as "Mimi Marquez," AaRon Harrington as "Tom Collins," David Merino as "Angel Dumott Schunard," Katie LaMark as "Maureen Johnson," Jasmine Easler as "Joanne Jefferson," and Christian Thompson as "Benny Coffin III." The tour will also feature Bryson Bruce, John Devereaux, Tim Ehrlich, Sammy Ferber, Paola Hernandez, Alia Hodge, Natalie Lipin, Jordan Long, Michael McClure, Timothy McNeill, Futaba Shioda, and Alexis Louise Young.

Based on original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign will re-stage the 20th anniversary tour. Original Broadway creatives Marlies Yearby (Choreography), Angela Wendt (Costume Design), and Tim Weil (Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements) will be joined by Jonathan Spencer (Lighting Design), Keith Caggiano (Sound Design), MiRi Park (Associate Choreographer), and Matthew E. Maraffi (adapting original scenic design by Paul Clay) to make up the creative team for the tour. The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour was cast by Joy Dewing Casting.

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Cinderella, MAMMA MIA!, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Vocalosity, and Crazy For You.

RENT will play at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston, Tuesday, April 11- Sunday, April 23, 2017, for 16 performances: Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm (except Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 pm); Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm; Sunday at 6:30 pm; and afternoon matinees at 2:00 pm Saturday and at 1:00 pm on Sunday. Tickets start at $68.00 and will go on sale on Sunday, February 28 at www.bochcenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738. Groups of 10 or may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groups@bochcenter.org. For more information, visit www.bochcenter.org

About the Boch Center

The Boch Center is one of the nation's leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert Theatres. As New England's largest cultural venue, the Boch Center is home to theater, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, opera, Broadway musicals, family entertainment, and more.

Located in Boston's historic Theater District, the Boch Center also offers a diverse mix of educational and community outreach initiatives, including the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston; collaborates with artists and local nonprofit arts organizations; preserves historic venues; and acts as a champion for Greater Boston's arts and cultural community.


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