Rent - School Edition

Musical

Writers: Jonathan Larson

Overview

Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
Genres
Drama
Settings
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
New York City, Late 1980’s
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Rock Combo
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal for
Diverse Cast, Ensemble Cast, High School, Small Cast
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen characters

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.

Lead Characters


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