RENT still endures

RENT revolutionized modern musical theater with its fearless exploration of social struggles and diverse representation. Its music and characters continue to represent lived realities, leaving an enduring legacy in popular culture.

"And we’re hungry and frozen, Some life that we’ve chosen. How we gonna pay last year’s RENT?"

Jonathan Larson (1960-1996)

Picture the gritty yet resilient New York of the 80s and 90s, where young adults grapple with poverty, heartbreaks, newfound loves, and the pursuit of their dreams amidst the urban landscape. Envision their fervent desire to seize each day, all while the pervasive specter of HIV/AIDS hovers over them.

One might assume that the Broadway sensation "RENT" has faded into history, but its potency has endured since its debut in 1993. Thankfully, 9 Works Theatrical is staging an anticipated revival this April as the company celebrates its 15th Anniversary. With Jonathan Larson's riveting storytelling and to be told by a young new cast and creatives, RENT once again brings back its timeless themes of friendship, hope, love, and acceptance.

THE STORY: Mark, a filmmaker, chronicles the lives of his circle of friends: Roger, a musician wrestling with his history; Mimi, a dancer battling illness and addiction; Tom Collins, an academic and advocate; and Angel, a compassionate drag queen. Their interconnected journeys unveil the dynamics of love, empathy, creativity, and maturity, traversing from moments of utmost joy to those of profound fear.

A Story of Representation

Larson's musical presents a vibrant ensemble of characters representing a spectrum of ethnicities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses, representing the diversity of contemporary existence and realities. Each character in RENT is developed in their own distinct backgrounds, journeys, and viewpoints—inviting, even newer audiences to see reflections of themselves within the narrative.

A Spectrum of Lived Realities

What made RENT a distinctive piece during its time is its fearless narratives on poverty, oppression, and disease, refusing to turn away from the darker aspects of life. Since its premiere, the musical has inspired critical conversations about LGBTQ+ rights, healthcare accessibility, and the impact of gentrification. It delves into themes of death, loss, and regret, bravely spotlighting these pressing issues and encouraging audiences to reassess their own values and beliefs.

A Narrative on Hope and Healing

At its core, RENT reminds us that hope still endures. It honors the unconquerable resilience of the human spirit, showing how love, friendship, and artistic expression can bring about transformation and healing. Through its music and characters, RENT serves as a reminder to believe in oneself, chase after our dreams, and courageously advocate for our convictions.

A Landmark in American Musical History

Beyond the stage, RENT has left an undeniable mark on popular culture. This groundbreaking work has significantly influenced the course of contemporary musical theater. With its wide range of musical styles - from rock and pop to soul and gospel - RENT continues to resonate. Its iconic soundtrack features unforgettable overnight classics such as "Seasons of Love," "La Vie Bohème," and "Light My Candle," which are bound to have audiences singing along long after the curtains close.

RENT is directed by Robbie Guevara, with Daniel Bartolome as musical director, Mio Infante as scenographer, PJ Rebullida as choreographer, Shakira Villa-Symes as lighting designer, Joee Mejias as video designer, Bam Tiongson as sound designer, Dong Calingacion as technical director, Elliza Aurelio as FOH, hair and makeup head, Cathy Azanza-Dy as acting coach, Lionel Guico as vocal coach, and JV Rabano as photographer.

RENT runs from April 19, 2024, until the first weekend of June 2024, at 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm on Saturdays & Sundays and 8:00 pm on Fridays, at the CPR Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati.

For partnerships and ticket/ show buying inquiries, you may contact 9Works Theatrical at [email protected], 7586 7105, or 0917 554 5560. 

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