20th Anniversary Production Of RENT At The Empire

A NEW 20th anniversary production of the award-winning musical RENT will be staged at the Liverpool Empire this month. Robert Mackintosh and Idili Theatricals Limited, in association with Theatr Clwyd, will present the 20th Anniversary production of Jonathan Larson’s ground-breaking Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical RENT from Tuesday 28th February to Saturday 4th March. The cast features Javar La’trial Parker (Showboat at the New London Theatre) as Benjamin Coffin III and Joshua Dever, who will be joining Ross Hunter as Roger Davis, Billy Cullum as Mark Cohen, Ryan O’Gorman as Tom Collins, Shanay Holmes as Joanne Jefferson, Layton Williams as Angel Schunard, Philippa Stefani as Mimi Marquez and Lucie Jones as Maureen Johnson, with Kevin Yates, Jordan Laviniere, Christina Modestou, Bobbie Little, Jenny O’Leary and Katie Bradley. Jonathan Larson’s musical, inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème, won four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996.  Ben Brantley’s New York Times review was a love letter to the show, calling RENT an “exhilarating, landmark rock opera”.  RENT ran on Broadway for 12 years, from 1996 to 2008.  The show premiered in London’s West End in 1998 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, where it ran for 18 months and was adapted into a film in 2005. Larson’s world is inhabited by a group of bohemian artists who struggle to maintain their friendships and their non-conformist ideals in New York’s East Village.  Facing their problems head on, they make personal self-discoveries and find what really matters most in life.  The poignancy of the story was heightened when Jonathan Larson died of an aortic dissection on 25 January 1996, the night before the show’s first off-Broadway performance at New York Theatre Workshop. The much-loved score features songs such as Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me, What You Own, One Song Glory, La Vie Bohème, Without You, I’ll Cover You, Out Tonight and I Should Tell You. Tickets are from £14.25. For more information call the Empire Theatre Box Office on 0844 871 3017 or visit atgtickets.com/Liverpool