It’s hard to believe, but 25 years have passed since âRentâ rocked the world with its message to choose love over fear and live without regret.
The show’s 25th anniversary farewell tour, which takes place at the Boch Center Shubert Theater from October 12-17, is bound to be bittersweet as fans, known as Rentheads, return for one last look at the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning phenomenon from Jonathan Larson.
Based on Puccini’s opera âLa BohÃ¨meâ, it follows a year in the life of a diverse group of artists, lovers and friends who struggle to pursue their dreams without selling themselves.
âRentâ has become a cultural touchstone, a rite of passage and a source of joy and strength for millions of fans.
It premiered off Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop on February 13, 1996, with ecstatic reviews and moved to Broadway on April 29, 1996. “Rent” won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the award Pulitzer of that year. for the Drama.
Part of its mystique is the fact that Larson, the show’s creator-songwriter, died of an aortic dissection on the day of its Broadway premiere. This has had a lasting impact on âRentâ fans.
For tickets visit www.bochcenter.org or dial 800-982-2787.
In the wings
REOPENING OF THE WORDS: The Lyric Stage in Boston reopened for the first time in months with “Be There Now”, a story of hope and possibility – big themes for these troubling times.
Opened last weekend and played through October 17th, it’s a story of hooking up with those who matter to us. Written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, it’s an original romantic comedy about Bari, a misanthropist who has returned to her hometown of New York City as she struggles to complete her dissertation on nihilism. âIn Bari, we see a woman experiencing joy and connection with others for the first time in her life,â says director Courtney O’Connor. âShe’s forced to ask herself who she is, what she’s willing to do to keep her new joy going, and if she’s ready to change. Many of us have asked similar questions over the past 18 months – and like Bari and his cohorts, the answers may surprise us. ” Visit www.lyricstage.com or call 617-585-5678 for COVID-19 tickets and information.
NEW NAME, NEW HOUSE: Big news this week from Indian Hill Music in Littleton as he kicks off the official countdown to the fall 2022 opening of his new home in Groton. When her gorgeous new home opens next year, it will be known as Groton Hill Music Center. Indian Hill Music boldly seized the opportunity to create one of New England’s most ambitious cultural endeavors, returning to Groton, where the association was founded in 1985 by a handful of musicians and music enthusiasts. local music, ânotes the ad. The 126,000 square foot performance and music education hall houses a 1,000 seat concert hall with lawn seating for seasonal concerts, a 300 seat performance hall, rehearsal and teaching spaces at several scales and advanced acoustics. Still TBA is the new name for the Professional Indian Hill Orchestra, conducted by artistic director / conductor Bruce Hangen. He will be making his 47th season at Littleton and looks forward to performing next season at his new world-class home with his new name. Visit https://indianhillmusic.org/our-new-name-our-new-home-groton-hill-music-center-coming-fall-2022/ for info and updates.
TAPPING FEET: Dorrance Dance, the award-winning New York tap dance company, struts through the Hanover Theater in Worcester at 8 p.m. Saturday. Founded by Michelle Dorrance, a colleague of MacArthur, the company shares the dynamic range of tap dancing in performance and education. Its goal is to engage audiences musically and emotionally and to share Tap’s history and legacy. COVID-19 security requirements in place require proof of vaccination or a negative test performed within 72 hours of your visit to the theater. Children under 12 are exempt but must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. CDC approved masks required inside theater. Tickets $ 25- $ 55 at https://tickets.thehanovertheatre.org/Online/
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