New Rent Tour Will Celebrate Musical's 20th Anniversary | Playbill

News New Rent Tour Will Celebrate Musical's 20th Anniversary Rent, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock musical written by the late Jonathan Larson, will return to the road in a 20th anniversary production during the 2016-17 season.

Based on the original direction by Michael Greif, Evan Ensign will re-stage this 20th anniversary tour. Marlies Yearby will choreograph.

"For the past 20 years, Rent has touched the lives of audiences around the world from Broadway to regional productions to high school auditoriums," producer Stephen Gabriel said in a statement. "We're thrilled to introduce a new generation to this timeless story of love, friendship and community."

A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, Rent, according to press notes, "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 Feb. 13, 1996, and transferred to Broadway April 29, 1996. The musical is the winner of the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The upcoming tour is produced by Work Light Productions and is non-Equity. Tour cities and casting will be announced at a later date.

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