Tickets to Final Rent Performance Auctioned to Benefit BC/EFA

News   Tickets to Final Rent Performance Auctioned to Benefit BC/EFA Having trouble scoring tickets to the final performance of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent?

The producers of the landmark musical, which ends its 12-year-run at the Nederlander Theatre Sept. 7, have donated a pair of "prime" tickets for the final performance and closing-night gala to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

In addition to the performance and the closing-night party, the winning bidder will also receive a copy of the hardcover 1997 Rent book and a poster autographed by the musical's final cast.

To bid on the "Final Performance of Rent VIP Auction Package," click here.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988 the organization has distributed over $140 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses. For more information visit www.BroadwayCares.org.

* The cast of Rent currently includes Tracie Thoms as Joanne, Will Chase as Roger, Renee Goldsberry as Mimi, Eden Espinosa as Maureen, Michael McElroy as Collins, Adam Kantor as Mark, Justin Johnston as Angel and Rodney Hicks as Benny with Shaun Earl, Andrea Goss, Marcus Paul James, Telly Leung, Tracy McDowell, Jay Wilkison, Gwen Stewart and Destan Owens. Hicks and Stewart were both in the original company of Rent and have rejoined the cast to close the show.

Rent, which has book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, is the seventh longest-running show in Broadway history.

Rent, directed by Michael Greif, opened on Broadway April 29, 1996, following a sold-out, extended limited engagement at Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award.

Rent is one of only seven musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

As previously announced, a new tour of Rent — starring original cast members Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal — will kick off in January 2009. For more information about the tour click here.