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Overview


Synopsis

Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème, Rent follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, struggles to find his place in the world; his roommate Roger, an HIV-positive musician, wonders how he will leave his mark before he dies. Mimi and Angel look for true love as they face the harsh reality of life as HIV-positive young people, while the businesslike Joanne seeks fidelity from her wild-child performance artist girlfriend Maureen. The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano

Male

Lead

Tenor



Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2 Acts
Tony Award ®
Best Musical 1996
Genres
Drama
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
late 1980s
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Small
Dancing
Musical Staging
Ideal For
college, professional
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult characters

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