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RENT celebrating 20th anniversary with shows in Calgary this fall

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Samantha Peng Jun 10, 2019 10:00 am

This is your chance to watch a legendary Broadway play right here in your own city.

Broadway Across Canada presents the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. The group will be performing in cities across Canada, making a stop in Calgary this September.

In honour of the anniversary, members of the original creative team came together to show a new generation to discover what makes this musical so special.

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RENT 20th Anniversary Tour (Carol Rosegg)

This Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning original rock musical will be at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium starting Tuesday, September 10.

Tickets start from $30 and go on sale Monday, June 17 at 10 am.

RENT follows the lives of seven artists who struggle to chase their dreams in New York City without selling out.

The show was ground-breaking at its time, opening its first show in 1996. Written and composed by Johnathan Larson, it was a memorial to his friends who died from an epidemic of AIDS.

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RENT 20th Anniversary Tour (Carol Rosegg)

It showcases a diverse cast and range of characters — black, brown, white, gay, straight, transexual, and bisexual people — are represented and audiences appreciate.

Decades have passed since its debut, but the themes, emotions, and passion of the show has proven it to be timeless. It explores the challenges that come along with gentrification, loss, and living in poverty.

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RENT 20th Anniversary Tour (Carol Rosegg)

The diversity and universality of the values of the musical have continued to impact the lives of people. In fact, the musical is so loved that it has a cult following called the RENTheads.

Director of the off-Broadway and Broadway productions Michael Greif once said, “So many young composers and theatre talents have told me that RENT enabled them to begin to see themselves as part of American theatre.”

No matter who you are you’ll be able to connect with RENT in some way, because the show at its core is about humanity and the importance of loving one another.

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RENT 20th Anniversary Tour (Carol Rosegg)

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 1415 14th Avenue NW
When: Tuesday, September 10 to Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time: Various times, check online for more details
Tickets: From $30 — available online

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