The Celebrated Return Of RENT
National tour puts the spotlight on two memorable decades of an influential show that's still going strong
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In 1996, Larson was a barely known composer who had an idea for a musical that changed American theater and public thought with a moving message of joy and hope, believing in oneself and, despite the fears, following your dreams. Tour producers describe RENT as “A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, [which] follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out . . . This timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters––love.”
To further enhance that thought, perhaps one of the most memorable points in the show comes when Jasmine Lawrence (as Mrs. Jefferson) sings Larson’s iconic song “Seasons of Love,” which has been described as one of musical theater’s most beautiful songs. She sings: Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee, in inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife? Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love. Seasons of love. Seasons of love.
Through the enduring message in RENT, the late Larson left a resounding and lasting tribute to the power of love.
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The energetic company that comprises the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour comes to the Nederlander Theatre as the nationwide celebration continues.
THE 20th anniversary tour of the hit Broadway musical RENT, winner of multiple Tony Awards (including Best Musical), continues to celebrate with shows throughout the country, and the vibrant, re-imaged production hits Chicago’s Nederlander Theatre stage from May 10 through May 19.
The tour of Jonathan Larson’s masterpiece (also winner of a Pulitzer Prize) launched in 2016, two decades after its original Broadway opening on April 29, 1996. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008, after a 12-year run of 5,123 performances, making RENT the 11th-longest-running Broadway show in history.
The reinvigorated tour, now sweeping across North America, has new focus and new members in a cast that features Deri’Andra Tucker as Mimi Marquez, Logan Farine as Roger Davis, Lencia Kebede as Joanne Jefferson, Lyndie Moe as Maureen Johnson, Javon King as Angel Schunard, Logan Marks as Mark Cohen and Devinré Adams as Tom Collins. All of that energy and talent is in the hands of director Evan Ensign, who works with a creative team that includes choreographer Marlies Yearby, set designer Paul Clay, costume designer Angela Wendt, music supervisor Tim Weil, sound designer Keith Caggiano and lighting designer Jonathan Spencer.
“A re-imaging of Puccini's La Bohème follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists . . . This timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters––love."
The superb cast as part of the anniversary tour includes Deri'Andra Tucker and Logan Farine (above) and other multitalented contributors.
Photographs by Carol Rosegg