Composer Jonathan Larson worked for years on the musical “RENT,” loosely based on Puccini’s opera “La Bohème” and his own experiences living in a rundown New York apartment.
The tale of seven struggling artists trying to live their dreams while dealing with loss and love previewed off-Broadway in 1996. Larson died unexpectedly the night before the first performance, never witnessing the impact it would have on audiences for years to come.
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning show remains as relevant and vibrant today. The 20th anniversary tour stops here at the Straz Center Sept. 19-24.
– Susana Weymouth, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts