Jonathan Larson, creator of RENT, enjoying the Fuits of his Labor. RENT returns to Houston, at Jones Hall, August 16 - 20, 2000. Tickets available at all Ticketmaster locations or charge by phone 713-629-3700.






In March, 1998, RENT stormed into Houston with a sold out run at Jones Hall. This August, the musical is coming back to Houston for a one week engagement. Presented by the Society for the Performing Arts as a part of the Houston Broadway Series, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award - winning landmark American Musical was written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif. Individual Tickets for all performances are available at all Ticketmaster locations or charge by phone by calling 713-629-3700.

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, had single - handedly reinvigorated Broadway and is taking 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.

The most honored musical since A CHORUS LINE in 1976, RENT is only the fifth musical to ever win both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award. The second national tour of RENT, this company began performance in July, 1997 in La Jolla, CA, before moving to Los Angeles for an 18 - week run and continuing on across the country. The show continues it successful Broadway production and has appeared all over the world including Japan, Australia, England, Germany, Mexico, Italy and numerous other countries.

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 afterRENT's final dress rehearsal off - Broadway, and ten days before his 36th birthday.

Produced by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop, 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 the Houston Broadway Series engagement of RENT presented by the Society for the Performing Arts may be purchased at all ticketmaster locations. To charge - by - phone, call 713-629-3700; for groups of 20 or more, call 713-629-2692 or toll free at 1-800-889-8457. Tickets are also available at Prices range from $20.00 to $55.00. Performance times for Wednesday, August 16 - Saturday, August 19 evenings at 8:00pm. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm with the Sunday evening performance, August 20 at 7:30pm.