April 06, 2010 — Based on Puccini’s classic opera La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s revolutionary rock opera Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent in the gritty background of New York’s East Village. “Measuring their lives in love,” these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness, and the AIDS epidemic. The University of Miami’s Department of Theatre Arts concludes its 2009-2010 season with Rent, at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre located at 1312 Miller Drive.
Playing for over 12 years, Rent went on to become one of the longest running shows in Broadway history and has become a global phenomenon, packing theatres in England, Japan, Australia, Germany and countless other countries. Rent was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Obie Award, the New York Drama Critics Award, four Tony Awards, and three Drama Desk Awards.
Show dates are April 21 – 24 and 28 – May 1 at 8 p.m. and April 24, 25 and May 1 at 2 p.m. Rent ticket prices are Weeknights and Matinees: $18 regular admission; $16 seniors, UM faculty, staff and alum; and $10 students. Friday and Saturday nights: $22 regular admission; $18 seniors UM faculty, staff and alum; and $12 students. There is a free “Totally Tuesday” performance for UM students on Tuesday, April 27 at 2 p.m.
To purchase tickets, contact the box office Monday – Friday between 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 305-284-3355. For more information, log on to www.miami.edu/ring. The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre is located at 1312 Miller Drive on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. The theatre is wheelchair accessible, has handicapped parking, and offers free infrared hearing devices. Parking is free and plentiful adjacent to the theatre.
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