Rent 1996

Run Time:
2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission
Opened: April 29, 1996
Closing: September 07, 2008

Rent - 1996 - Broadway History , Info & More

Nederlander Theatre (Broadway)
208 W. 41st St. New York, NY 10036

Jonathan Larson's riveting rock musical is based on the La Bohème story, but set in the gritty underbelly of NYC's East Village.

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Photo Flash: 'Seasons of Love' RENT in Bryant Park
by Eddie Varley - September 7, 2008

Tomorrow, Sunday, September 7, 2008 the curtain will fall on Broadway for the final performance of Rent. In celebration of the show and its history-making run, BroadwayWorld.com is happy to bring you this exclusive photo flash of the final Rent cast performing as a part of the 'Broadway in Bryant Park' concert series.

Producers of 'Rent' Announce Special Lottery for Final Performance; 32 Seats Available for $20
by Faetra Petillo - September 3, 2008

The hit musical Rent will close at the Nederlander Theatre on September 7th 2008. The producers have made available a limited number of $20 same-day tickets for the final performance. Lottery names will begin to be taken at 11am and the lottery will be drawn at noon. There will be 32 seats available (two fewer than usual due to the filming of the performance).

BWW TV: 'RENT' Flips For BroadwayWorld
by Craig Brockman - September 8, 2008

On September 7, 2008 the curtain will fall on Broadway for the final performance of Rent. In celebration of the show and its history making run, we gave the cast a portable FLIP video camera so they could give us their view of life backstage. As they were able to film themselves, the FLIP video footage allows you to see and hear Rent from the actor's unique perspective.

Past and Present 'Rent' Cast Members Appear on Sirius Week of 9/1
by BWW News Desk - September 1, 2008

Past and present cast members of the Tony Award®-winning musical Rent, including Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tracie Thoms, Eden Espinosa, Adam Pascal and Gwen Stewart, will appear on SIRIUS' Broadway's Best channel for a week-long celebration of the show's final week on Broadway.

Adelphi University to Present First Local 'Rent' Production After B'way Closing
by Faetra Petillo - September 4, 2008

Adelphi University will present the first licensed full production of RENT, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by alumnus Jonathan Larson B.F.A. '82, after its Broadway closing.

Past and Present 'Rent' Cast Members Appear on Sirius Week of 9/1
by Faetra Petillo - August 29, 2008

Past and present cast members of the Tony Award®-winning musical Rent, including Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tracie Thoms, Eden Espinosa, Adam Pascal and Gwen Stewart, will appear on SIRIUS' Broadway's Best channel for a week-long celebration of the show's final week on Broadway.

BC/EFA Auctioning Prime Seats to Closing Performance and Party for 'Rent'
by Faetra Petillo - August 27, 2008

On September 7, 2008 the curtain will fall on Broadway for the final performance of Rent. The producers of this landmark Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize musical have generously donated a pair of 'prime' tickets to the final performance and closing night gala to be auctioned with the proceeds to benefit Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.

BWW TV: RENT Final Performance Film Sneak Peek Trailer
by Eddie Varley - September 7, 2008

The Hot Ticket, a part of Sony Pictures, is releasing RENT to select movie theaters for four shows only in September - a way to bring the show to audiences across the country one last time.

Tracie Thoms: RENT's 'Dream Girl'
by Eddie Varley - August 17, 2008

If Tracie Thoms' life was written as an old fashioned Broadway musical it would go something like this, 'Girl wants role, girl doesn't get role, girl REALLY wants role, girl finally gets role and then girl REALLY gets role…again.' Sound complicated? Not so much. BroadwayWorld caught up with her and we spoke at length about her thrilling and inspiring 'Quest for Joanne'.

Photo Coverage: The Cast of RENT Rings The NYSE Opening Bell
by Eddie Varley - August 15, 2008

RENT producer Allan S. Gordon and producer Elan V. McAllister rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thurs., August 14th, 2008 joined by RENT cast members Renee Elise Goldsberry, Andrea Goss, Trisha Jeffrey, Owen Johnston, Tracy McDowell, Destan Owens and Gwen Stewart to celebrate RENT's successful 12-year run at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway and its final performance on September 7, 2008.

RENT Cast To Ring NY Stock Exchange Bell 8/14
by BWW News Desk - August 14, 2008

RENT producer Allan S. Gordon and producer Élan V. McAllister will ring The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thurs., August 14 joined by RENT cast members Eden Espinosa, Renee Goldsberry, Andrea Goss, Trisha Jeffrey, Owen Johnston, Tracy McDowell, Destan Owens, Gwen Stewart to celebrate RENT's successful 12-year run at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway and its final performance on September 7.

RENT Cast To Ring NY Stock Exchange Bell 8/14
by Faetra Petillo - August 13, 2008

RENT producer Allan S. Gordon and producer Élan V. McAllister will ring The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thurs., August 14 joined by RENT cast members Eden Espinosa, Renee Goldsberry, Andrea Goss, Trisha Jeffrey, Owen Johnston, Tracy McDowell, Destan Owens, Gwen Stewart to celebrate RENT's successful 12-year run at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway and its final performance on September 7.

Destan Owens Returns To 'Rent' Starting 8/11
by Faetra Petillo - August 11, 2008

Actor Destan Owens will be returning to the Broadway stage for 'Rent' starting tonight, 8/11 through the shows planned closing on September 7th.

Cast of 'Rent' To Appear On GMA In Bryant Park, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - August 1, 2008

The cast of the landmark Broadway musical Rent will perform as part of the 'Good Morning America' Summer Concert Series on Friday, August 1, between the hours of 8am and 9am in Bryant Park, 41 Street and Sixth Avenue.

RENT Extends Deadline for Online "Finale B" Contest
by Robert Diamond - July 31, 2008

The Broadway production of Rent is hosting an online video contest to find and celebrate the musical's most devoted fans. Now through Monday, August 11, Rent fans across the United States who are 18 years of age and older may submit a two-minute video entry on Rent's official website, www.SiteForRent.com, demonstrating their love and passion for the Tony Award-winning musical that will close on Broadway on Sunday, September 7.

Cast of 'Rent' To Appear On GMA In Bryant Park, 8/1
by Faetra Petillo - July 29, 2008

The cast of the landmark Broadway musical Rent will perform as part of the 'Good Morning America' Summer Concert Series on Friday, August 1, between the hours of 8am and 9am in Bryant Park, 41 Street and Sixth Avenue.

Tracie Thoms to Join RENT Starting 7/26
by BWW News Desk - July 23, 2008

Tracie Thoms, who played Joanne in the 2005 'Rent' film, will join the Broadway production of RENT.

Original 'Rent' Cast Member Gwen Stewart Returns
by BWW News Desk - July 21, 2008

Gwen Stewart, who created several roles in the landmark Broadway musical Rent, including introducing the solo vocals for the show's central theme, 'Seasons of Love,' returns to the show on Monday, July 21. Ms. Stewart will reprise her original roles through the show's closing on Sunday, September 7.

Original 'Rent' Cast Member Gwen Stewart Returns
by BWW News Desk - July 16, 2008

Gwen Stewart, who created several roles in the landmark Broadway musical Rent, including introducing the solo vocals for the show's central theme, 'Seasons of Love,' returns to the show on Monday, July 21. Ms. Stewart will reprise her original roles through the show's closing on Sunday, September 7.

Cast of RENT Performs At Bloomingdale's, 7/15
by BWW News Desk - July 15, 2008

On Thursday, July 17th 2008 at 5:30PM. The current cast of RENT will appearing at Bloomingdale's at 59th Street (2nd Floor) for a special performance and autograph signing. The cast will be performing 'Seasons of Love', 'What you Own', 'Take Me Or Leave Me' and 'I'll Cover You'. After the performances RENT cast members will briefly sign autographs. From July 9th through July 20th, Bloomingdale's will feature RENT window displays, containing original costume items from the Broadway production

Photo Coverage FLASHBACK: RENT Seasons of Love:Big Give Benefit Party
by Peter James Zielinski - May 19, 2008

On May 14th, 2008, RENT hosted a benefit event at The Canal Room for Ubuntu Education Fund.

Renee Elise Goldsberry To Join 'Rent' Cast 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2008

Renée Elise Goldsberry, two-time Emmy and NAACP Image award nominee for her four year long role as lawyer Evangeline Williamson on 'One Life To Live,' joins the cast of Rent on Monday, June 16.

'Rent' Hosts Benefit At Canal Room For Ubuntu 5/14
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2008

On May 14th, 2008, RENT will host a benefit event at The Canal Room for Ubuntu Education Fund. As RENT moves towards its final performance, their 'Seasons of Love: Big Give' is an exciting farewell project between RENT and Ubuntu Education Fund to honor the legacy of RENT's writer and creator, Jonathan Larson.

BWW TV: Eden Espinosa on 'Flora, the Red Menace' & 'Rent'
by James Sims - May 6, 2008

BroadwayWorld's own James Sims stopped by UCLA's Freud Playhouse to chat with Manoel Felciano and Eden Espinosa about their reuniting on stage after both performing on Broadway in Brooklyn and Espinosa's upcoming role in the final Broadway cast of Rent as Marueen starting May 30th...

Rent FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Tune Up
Voice Mail # 1
Rent
You Okay Honey?
One Song Glory
Light My Candle
Voice Mail # 2
Today 4 U
You'll See
Tango: Maureen
Life Support
Out Tonight
Another Day
Will I?
On the Street
Santa Fe
We're Okay
I'll Cover You
Christmas Bells
Over the Moon
La Vie Boheme
I Should Tell You
Seasons of Love
Happy New Year
Voice Mail # 3
Take Me or Leave Me
Without You
Voice Mail # 4
Contact
Halloween
Goodbye, Love
What You Own
Voice Mail # 5
Finale
Your Eyes
Because You Were Right
Valentine's Day
Splatter
Do a Little Business
Right Brain
Open Road
Tune Up A
Voicemail #1
Tune Up B
Rent
You Okay Honey?
Tune Up - Reprise
One Song Glory
Light My Candle
Voicemail #2
Today For You A
You'll See
Tango Maureen
Life Support
Out Tonight
Another Day
Will I?
On the Street
Santa Fe
I'll Cover You
We're Okay
Christmas Bells
Over the Moon
La Vie Boheme
I Should Tell You
La Vie Boheme B
Seasons of Love A
Happy New Year A
Voicemail #3
Happy New Year B
Take Me or Leave Me
Seasons of Love B
Without You
Voicemail #5
Contact
I'll Cover You - Reprise
Halloween
Goodbye Love
What You Own
Voicemail #6
Finale A
Your Eyes
Finale B
Rent has had 16 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 1996, Off-Broadway which opened in 1996, Broadway which opened in 1996, Broadway which opened in 1996, US Tour which opened in 1997, West End which opened in 1998, West End which opened in 2002, US Tour which opened in 2005, Broadway which opened in 2006, West End which opened in 2007, US Tour which opened in 2009, Off-Broadway which opened in 2011, US Tour which opened in 2016, West End which opened in 2016, Motion Picture which opened in 2019 and Broadway which opened in 2019.
Best Musical , , Best Book of a Musical for Jonathan Larson, Best Choreography for Marlies Yearby , Best Direction of a Musical for Michael Greif Best Lighting Design for Blake Burba and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Jonathan Larson.
Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Jonathan Larson, Best Choreography for Marlies Yearby , Best Direction of a Musical for Michael Greif , Best Lighting Design for Blake Burba , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Jonathan Larson, .
Rent has been nominated for several prestigious awards. These include Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Book of a Musical for Jonathan Larson at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Costume Design for Angela Wendt at the Drama Desk Awards, Distinguished Production of a Musical at the Drama League Awards, Best Off Broadway Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Costume Design at The Hewes Awards for Angela Wendt.
Rent has won several awards including Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Book of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for Jonathan Larson, Outstanding Costume Design at the Drama Desk Awards for Angela Wendt, Distinguished Production of a Musical at the Drama League Awards, Best Off Broadway Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Costume Design at The Hewes Awards for Angela Wendt.

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