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Rent Comes to the Wilshire Theatre for 8 Performances

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The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning landmark American musical RENT, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, is coming to the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills for eight performances only from November 13-17.

Tickets for all performances will go on sale Sunday, October 6. Tickets may be purchased at the Wilshire Theatre Box Office (8440 Wilshire Blvd., one block east of La Cienega in Beverly Hills), at all Ticketmaster Outlets, by phone at 213-365-3500 or 714-740-7878, and online at ticketmaster.com.
Inspired by Puccini’s La Boheme, RENT is a joyous, breathtaking and often bittersweet musical that celebrates a community of artists as they struggle with the soaring hopes and tough realities of today’s world.
RENT, considered by many the most exuberant and original American musical to come along in a decade, single-handedly reinvigorated Broadway and has taken the country by storm. Sweeping all major theater awards, including the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT captures the heart and spirit of a generation.
The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews. It rapidly became a sold-out hit. The show transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996 and continues to play to standing room only audiences. On January 7th 2002, RENT became the fifteenth longest running Broadway show ever, surpassing the legendary musical Annie.
The most honored musical since A Chorus Line in 1976, RENT became only the fifth musical to ever win both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award.
The success of RENT is always tempered by the death of its creator, Jonathan Larson. Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on the morning of January 25, 1996, just hours after RENT’s final dress rehearsal off-Broadway, and ten days before his 36th birthday.
RENT features musical direction by Tim Weil, choreography by Marlies Yearby, set design by Paul Clay, costume design by Angela Wendt and lighting design by Blake Burba.
Tickets for RENT range in price from $32 to $69.50. In addition, continuing a tradition that began when RENT moved to Broadway after a sold-out run in a small downtown theatre, seats in the front two rows of the Wilshire Theatre will be made available for $20.00 for every performance of RENT. The $20 tickets go on sale at the box office, on the day of performance only, two hours prior to the show and are available to anyone, cash only, with a limit of two tickets per person. Also, there is a special discount of $30 for all tickets for the Friday, November 15th 11 pm performance.

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