Raising ‘Rent’

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March 16, 2015 12:25

Set in New York’s East Village and written in the ’80s and ’90s, the show has a relevant message for Jerusalem of 2015.




'Rent' musical

'Rent' musical. (photo credit: ITA ARBIT)

The musical Rent has a lot going for it – great music, high emotion and an enviable box-office history. The rock opera pulled in the crowds, originally as a limited three-week production at the New York Theater Workshop in 1994 before moving to Off-Broadway and then to Broadway, where it enjoyed a fabulous 12-year run. In 2005 it was adapted into a movie featuring most of the original cast members. The success of the show led to several national tours, numerous foreign productions and a Tony Award for Best Musical.

Now Jerusalem and Tel Aviv audiences will be able to get into the award-winning musical’s grooves when the Starcatcher Theater Company puts on nine performances at Beit Mazia near Nahlaot on March 12 to 26 as part of the Jerusalem Arts Festival, with a one-off show at The Stage in Tel Aviv on March 24.

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