‘Rent’ rocks ‘n’ rolls into San Bernardino



RENT is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.



ABOUT THE COMPOSER:

Jonathan Larson received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for RENT. He also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1994 Richard Rodgers Award for RENT and twice received The Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theatre Foundation's Commendation Award. In 1989 he was granted the Stephen Sondheim Award from American Music Theatre Festival, where he contributed to the musical "Sitting on the Edge of the Future." In 1988 he won the Richard Rodgers Development Grant for his rock musical "Superbia," which was staged at Playwrights Horizon. He composed the score for the musical "J.P. Saves the Nation," which was presented by En Garde Arts in 1995. Mr. Larson performed his rock monologue "tick, tick...BOOM!" at Second Stage Theatre, The Village Gate and New York Theatre Workshop. In addition to scoring and songwriting for "Sesame Street," he created music for a number of children's book-cassettes, including Steven Speilberg's "An American Tail" and "Land Before Time." Other film scores include work for Rolling Stone Magazine publisher Jann Wenner. He conceived, directed, and wrote four original songs for "Away We Go!", a musical video for children. RENT, his rock opera based on La Boheme, had its world premiere on February 13, 1996 at New York Theatre Workshop and opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996. Mr. Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on January 25, 1996, ten days before his 36th birthday.


Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Musical Arrangements by Steve Skinner

Original Concept & Additional Lyrics by Billy Aronson

Music Supervision & Original Arrangement by Tim Weil

Dramaturg: Lynn Thomson


RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon, and New York Theatre Workshop




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WHEN: 2 p.m. 8 p.m. March 29, 2014

WHERE: California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.

TICKETS: Available through www.ticketmaster.com, www.livenation.com, or theater box office

INFORMATION/BOX OFFICE: (909) 885-5152

www.californiatheatre.net


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