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Rent Tickets

Anaheim, CA
No day but today to see this modern classic.

About Rent

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent is a pop cultural phenomenon, with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, the musical follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. This is theater at its best – exuberant, passionate, and joyous.

“I’ve now seen thirteen different productions of Rent—on Broadway, on tour, in big-stage regional theaters and intimate 99-seat venues, and in school and community theater settings. Not one of them has surpassed the absolute perfection that is Chance Theater’s Rent.” – StageSceneLA

“Bold, smart, wildly impressive, emotionally stirring, and filled to the brim with detailed visuals and extremely talented cast members that would make even larger theater productions of this show envious, this vibrant new production of RENT is, to my delighted surprise, much more genuinely impactful than many previous iterations I've seen that went out on tour nationally. ” - Broadway World

“Well-directed and smartly cast” – OC Register

“RECOMMENDED… this isn’t a production you want to miss.” – Orange Curtain Review

“STELLAR… first-rate ensemble cast” –

“a revival as fresh and exciting as the original one.” - Glamgical

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Jonathan Larson was an award-winning composer, lyricist, and playwright. His landmark musical Rent started as a staged reading with New York Theatre Workshop in 1993. The musical premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in 1994 before transferring to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre. Rent features some of the most popular show tunes, including “Seasons of Love,” “One Song Glory,” and “Take Me or Leave Me.” The musical closed its 12-year run in 2008 with 5,123 performances on Broadway, the ninth longest-running show at the time. Rent’s final performance on Broadway was filmed live and adapted for television.

In 2005, Hollywood produced a film version of the musical directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Chris Columbus. The movie adaptation featured actors from the original Broadway cast reprising their roles. Rent’s Broadway and Hollywood success catapulted its actors, including Anthony Rapp and Idina Menzel, into fame.

What to Watch For

  • The opera La Bohème, which the musical Rent is based on, is based on Henri Murger’s novel “Scènes de la Vie de Bohème.” The 1851 novel is a collection of four vaguely intertwined stories about Bohemians living in Paris during the 1840s.
  • Jonathan Larson is known for his musicals Rent and Tick, Tick…Boom!
  • While both musicals explore social issues, Tick, Tick…Boom! is personal — it’s an autobiographical musical centered around a composer in New York named Jon. Both musicals have film adaptations, with the more recent Tick, Tick…Boom! adaptation in 2021 starring Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, and Vanessa Hudgens.
  • Most known for his work in the theatre, Jonathan Larson also worked as a children’s songwriter. He composed songs for Away We Go!, An American Tale, The Land Before Time and Sesame Street.
  • The night before Rent’s premiere off Broadway, Jonathan Larson died from an aortic dissection in his home. Rent would’ve been Larson’s breakthrough, but the 35-year-old writer and composer died before he would see his musical’s success.

Run time

2 hours, 30 minutes with intermission

Start date

July 21st, 2023

End date

August 27th, 2023


Chance Theater at Bette Aitken theater arts Center


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