RENT: School Edition
Riverdale Rising Stars present
RENT: School Edition
April 5-13, 2014
Eight Performances Only!
The award-winning teens of the Riverdale Rising Stars are proud to present Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking rock musical RENT: SCHOOL EDITION for eight performances only, from April 5-13, 2014.
Set in the East Village of New York City, 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.
Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
Performances of will be held at the Riverdale YM-YWHA, located at 5625 Arlington Avenue (two blocks west of Riverdale Avenue, just north of West 256 Street), in Riverdale, Bronx, NY.
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AND PRICES:
Saturday, April 5 at 8:30pm;
Sunday, April 6 at 2:00pm;
Sunday, April 6 at 7:00pm*;
Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30pm*;
Thursday, April 10 at 7:30pm*;
Saturday, April 12 at 8:30pm;
Sunday, April 13 at 2:00pm; and
Sunday, April 13 at 7:00pm*
* Special $10 performance
Except for special $10 performances on Sunday evenings and weeknights, tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for seniors and students if purchased online, or $22 for adults and $14 for seniors and students if purchased at the door prior to showtime. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/301266 and selecting RENT: SCHOOL EDITION from the list of events. Tickets may also be purchased by phone 24/7, by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1 (800) 838-3006 and selecting option 1. For group sales, please email SRenfro@RiverdaleY.org.
ABOUT THE SHOW
The Riverdale Rising Stars production of RENT: SCHOOL EDITION is directed by Riverdale Rising Stars Founder Laurie Walton, with choreography by Emily Walton, and music direction by Justin Fischer. The design team includes Matt Weiner (lighting) and Denise Eberly (sound). The cast features 30 teenage performers hailing from the Bronx, Yonkers, Upper Manhattan, and beyond.
RENT: SCHOOL EDITION incorporates edits to the original Broadway script that tone down the show's language and sexuality to make it appropriate for performance by high school-age performers.
RENT premiered Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in 1996, and soon transferred to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre where it ran for 5,123 performances before finally closing in 2008 the tenth-longest running Broadway show at the time. The original cast included Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jesse L. Martin, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Fredi Walker, Idina Menzel, and Taye Diggs.
Among other awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, RENT received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama one of only eight musicals to be so honored. A film version, featuring many members of the original cast, was released in 2005. The musical has been performed in 24 languages in dozens of countries around the world.
Jonathan Larson, the show's 35-year-old composer/lyricist/librettist, did not live to see the show's massive worldwide success he passed away from an aortic aneurism the day before the show's first Off-Broadway preview performance. A performing arts grant supporting the careers of young musical theatre writers has been established in his memory.
Riverdale YM-YWHA Neuwirth Theatre (View)
5625 Arlington Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471