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   from the issue of October 7, 2004

Smash hit Rent to play at the Lied

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent is coming to the Lied Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14.



Inspired by Puccini's La Boheme, Rent celebrates a community of artists as they struggle with the hopes and realities of today's world.

Rent has received all major theater awards, including the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is only the fifth musical to ever win both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on Feb. 13, 1996. It transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996, and continues to play. On Feb. 10, 2004, Rent surpassed Fiddler On The Roof to become the 10th-longest-running show in Broadway history.

The success of Rent is always tempered by the death of its creator, Jonathan Larson. Larson died of an aortic aneurysm on Jan. 25, 1996, just hours after Rent's final dress rehearsal off-Broadway, and 10 days before his 36th birthday.

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.

A pre-performance lecture will be given at 7 p.m. in the Steinhart Room of the Lied Center.

Tickets for this show are $50/$46/$40; tickets are half-price for UNL students and those 18 and younger.

Tickets may be purchased at the Lied Center box office, by calling 472-4747 or (800) 432-3231, or online at



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