Tony award-winning ‘Rent’ comes to the Aladdin

Apr 23, 2002 3:48 AM

Tuesday through Sunday, the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts will host a six-day engagement of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning landmark American musical written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif.

Rent, considered by many the most exuberant and original American musical to come along in a decade, has single-handedly reinvigorated Broadway and is taking the country by storm. Sweeping all major theater awards, including the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent captures the heart and spirit of a generation.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews. It rapidly became a sold-out hit. The show transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996 and continues to play to standing room only audiences. On January 7, 2002, Rent became the fifteenth longest running Broadway show ever, surpassing the legendary musical Annie.

The success of Rent is always tempered by the death of its creator, Jonathan Larson. Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on the morning of January 25, 1996, just hours after Rent’s final dress rehearsal off-Broadway, and ten days before his 36th birthday.

"In keeping with the spirit of the show and the vision of Jonathan Larson, we are happy to be able to offer prime seats to people who otherwise would not be able to purchase them," explained original Rent producer Kevin McCollum. "Jonathan was himself a struggling artist and his dream was to create a universal piece of musical theatre that’s available to everyone."

The tradition of the $20 tickets was started in New York when the show moved to Broadway after a sold-out run in a small downtown theatre. Since that time, people have lined up as early as the night before to guarantee their purchase of the $20 tickets. The producers of the show are committed to continuing the tradition of offering orchestra seats for $20 in each city the show will play.

Seats in the Golden Circle will be made available for $20 for every performance of Rent. The $20 tickets go on sale at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts Box Office, on the day of the performance only, two hours prior to the show and are available to anyone, cash only, limit of two tickets per person. No line up permitted before noon.

For additional ticket information, call (702) 785-5000 or toll-free, 1-866-477-5267.