It’s Back! RENT at the Orpheum
The smash hit Broadway musical Rent celebrated its 20th Anniversary two years ago, and it’s finally headed back to Minneapolis! After two decades, the show is still revered as a message that speaks beyond generations. During its last tour, a review of the production compared it to a modern play with similar themes: Hamilton.
In a review on broadwayworld.com’s review, “BWW Review: RENT’s 20th Anniversary Tour Thrills TPAC Audience on Opening Night in Nashville,” the enamored author makes the comparison:
“Revolutionary in its own, unique way (as only the very best of American musical theater can be), Rent continues to engage the mind, to challenge preconceived notions and to illuminate the human condition in ways that are at once confounding and endlessly entertaining. While Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mega-smash Broadway musical that shows the founding of the United States of America through a lens that resonates deeply with today’s audiences – and is, in fact, this generation’s genre-bending, epoch-shattering and paradigm-shifting musical that redefines this particular, made-in-America art form – so, too, did Rent for the previous generation of people yearning for a new interpretation that spoke directly to their souls.”
The record-setting musical is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner, but those accolades don’t do justice to Rent’s effect on its audiences. To find out for yourself, get your tickets for one of the Minneapolis shows at the Orpheum Theatre August 14-18. Tickets are $40 to $136. You’ll find $6 downtown parking for most shows very close to the venue at the Park and Shop ramps. The discount is in effect all day Sundays and after 4 pm the rest of the week.