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RENT by Jonathan Larson

April 21, 2023 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm 15$ – 25$
rent logo with images of cast


W. E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
922 Park Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23284
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Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Direction by Desirée Dabney
Musical Direction by Elle Meerovich
Choreography by Wes Seals

Performances are April 21st – 30th at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts (922 Park Ave Richmond, VA 23284).

VCUarts Theatre presents Rent, Jonathan Larson’s iconic award-winning musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love. Set in the East Village of New York City in 1989, 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 has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Loosely based on Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent follows a group of artists and musicians struggling to create and find love over the course of a year amidst the US HIV/AIDS crisis. The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the bohemian world of New York in the late 1980s. Through songs such as “Seasons of Love,” “One Song Glory,” “I’ll Cover You,” “Out Tonight” and more, they embrace hope, find strength and survive. Rent is exuberant, passionate and joyous—a groundbreaking phenomenon that defined a generation.

The exhilarating, landmark rock opera…a glittering inventive score.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES



Performances will take place in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts located at 922 Park Ave.

FRI 4/21 – 7:30pm
SAT 4/22- 2:00pm & 7:30pm
SUN 4/23 – 3:00pm

TH 4/27 – 7:30pm
FRI 4/28 – 7:30pm
SAT 4/29- 2:00pm & 7:30pm
SUN 4/30 – 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission – $25. Discounts available for students, alumni, seniors and VCU community. VCUarts Theatre alumni can book two complimentary tickets to any performance in advance. All tickets are general admission.

The VCUarts Theatre Box office is now CASHLESS. Please purchase tickets online (vcutheatre.showclix.com) or in-person with a credit/debit card (Online ticket sales close an hour and half before showtime). All ticket holders, please plan to check in at the box office on arrival. The box office opens one hour before performances, and seating typically opens 30 minutes before performances.

Box office contact: vcutheatre.showclix.com, theatretix@vcu.edu, 804-828-6026.

Rent has an expected runtime of 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission. Rent is recommended for ages 13 and up and contains mature content.

Parking: There is a paid parking deck located at Harrison and Broad. You can also use public street parking which follows Richmond City regulations.


Questions? Get in touch with the VCUarts Theatre Box Office. Phone: 804-828-6026 | Email: theatretix@vcu.edu

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