Rent: Musical Info & Synopsis


Rent takes place in New York City’s East Village during the late 1980s/early 90s. The story revolves around a group of struggling artists who are living in poverty and trying to pursue their dreams while facing the challenges of love, loss, and the HIV/AIDS crisis. As they navigate their lives, they come together as a chosen family, supporting and inspiring one another to live each day to the fullest. Rent explores themes of love, friendship, acceptance, and understanding.

Musical Information

Parental Warning: Adult Themes/Content

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Cast Size: 13+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1980s, 1990s / USA (NYC)

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1996)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1990s, Christmas, College, Dark, Dramatic, Edgy, Halloween, LGBTQ+, Mega Musical, Narrator, One-Word, Popular, Rock, Solo Composer, Sung-Through, Tony Award, Tragedy

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