All seats to the fifth anniversary performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical, Rent, 7 PM April 29, are $20, the producers announced April 13.
Tickets for the Sunday night performance of the La Boheme-inspired rock opera go on sale 2 PM April 27 at the Nederlander Theatre box office. There are no phone sales for this performance. The Nederlander Theatre is at 208 West 41st Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.
The special rate continues a commitment from Rent's producers to allow those who may not be able to afford Broadway prices a chance to see the show. When Rent opened in 1996, the producers reserved the best seats in the house — the first two rows — for "rush" seats at $20 a pop. Fans lined up overnight to purchase the tickets, helping to make the policy a success that continues today (the policy was also offered in the national tour and international stagings).
The gritty musical, about artists struggling to have their voices heard in a time of financial temptation and plague, won the Best Musical Tony Award and earned late composer-lyricist librettist Jonathan Larson a posthumous Tony for Best Score. Michael Greif directed. It played a sold out run Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop prior to Broadway. Just before the first performance of the Off-Broadway run, Larson died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm.
Rent is now the19th longest running show in Broadway history. In August it moves into 18th place, surpassing Oklahoma! Tickets for Rent's fifth anniversary performance on 7 PM April 29 are $20, limited to two per person. They must be paid for in person with cash at the Nederlander Theatre box office.