A 20th-century reimagining of the award-winning Broadway play RENT is coming the Performing Arts Center on January 24th. (Submitted photo)

New Philadelphia, Ohio - An award-winning Broadway musical is coming to the stage at the Performing Arts Center. 

In 1996, Jonathan Larson's RENT forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour takes the PAC stage on Thursday, January 24th, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

 The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13th, 1996, to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. RENT won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Something Rotten!, and the upcoming tour of the 2016 Olivier Award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Tickets for RENT start at $55 and are on sale now at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 330-308-6400 or online at The box office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show contains mature content and is not recommended for all ages. 

Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Drive NE in New Philadelphia, and free parking is available for all shows. The Performing Arts Center’s 2018-2019 Season is sponsored by Michael Taylor Insurance and Financial Incorporated, an Allstate Agency.


Loading Conversation