Those who rushed out to buy tickets to Rent in anticipation of its announced closing have an option to attend later performances at the Nederlander Theatre. The final performance is now 6:30 PM Sept. 7. Ticketmaster.com indicates that tickets are on public sale to Sept. 4.
"In consideration of the Rent fans who have purchased tickets for the currently-announced final week, ticket holders wishing to exchange tickets purchased for performances from Monday, May 26, 2008 through Sunday, June 1, 2008 for performances during the extension period are welcome to do so subject to availability," the producers announced.
Ticket holders wishing to exchange can do so in either of the two ways:
They can call the box office mail room at (212) 921-8000 and arrange the exchange over the phone. Tickets being exchanged must be mailed or brought to the box office by May 11 to complete the exchange. In addition, the limited amount of loyal Rent fans who have purchased tickets to the currently announced final performance on Sunday evening, June 1, 2008 may exchange into the final performance on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 subject to some restrictions.
These fans must have purchased their tickets prior to March 15, 2008 and verifiable proof of purchase for these tickets must be presented: Ticketmaster account information or credit card receipt or statement. The hard copy of proof of purchase must be brought or mailed to the box office along with tickets to affect the exchange. This will be checked.
Please note that Sept. 7, 2008 tickets may not necessarily be in the same locations as those purchased for June 1, 2008. The new tickets will be exchanged only for face value of the old tickets.
Rent, which has book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history.
The performance schedule will remain unchanged throughout the summer: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday and 2 PM and 7 PM. There will be two exceptions: the show will be dark on Independence Day, Friday, July 4 and there will be an added performance that week on Wednesday, July 2, at 8 PM; and there will be no performance on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, and special added performances Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 2 PM and 8 PM.
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.