“RENT” is the musical that changed it all, defining a new generation of musical theater fans. Now the 5th Avenue Theater brings Seattle its own new vision for the long-standing hit. This electrifying show comes to life in an emotionally-charged new production, featuring a cast of Seattle’s most thrilling young stars. “RENT” captures the story of impoverished artists and musicians struggling to create their art while living in New York’s East Village.
“The 5th Avenue Theatre has a longstanding tradition of cultivating our fantastic Seattle-based talent pool,” said Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong. “Many of the stars of ‘RENT’ are performers that you have seen on smaller stages around Seattle. Ten years ago our acclaimed production of ‘Hair’ introduced a vibrant new crop of musical theater artists to Seattle audiences. Many of these performers have gone on to local and national acclaim. With this production, we are poised to do that all over again!”
Fresh from his smash success with “First Date”, Bill Berry directs this electrifying new staging of Jonathan Larson’s modern rock-opera classic. The hit musical premiered in 1996 to instant acclaim, and swept a host of theater awards — the Tony, the Obie and the Pulitzer Prize.
Berry can still recall the first time he saw “RENT” in 1996. “’RENT’ is the musical that defined a brand new generation of theatre-goers, and has since become an anthem of youth, vitality and rebellion. But more than anything, this is a musical about survival, and about embracing every moment as though there will never be another. I think that’s why it has such universal and timeless appeal.”
WHEN: July 21, 2012 through August 19, 2012
The 5th Avenue Theater
1308 5th Ave
Seattle, Wash. 98101
Tickets (starting at $29.00) can be purchased at the 5th Avenue Theater website, by phone at 206-625-1900, or at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle.