Rock musical that became anthem of a generation
By David Wood
Where: Cheltenham Playhouse
When: Saturday, October 13, to Saturday, October 20 (no performance October 14)
Cheltenham Operatic & Dramatic Society (CODS) is delighted to bring RENT - The Musical to the Cheltenham Playhouse this autumn.
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer (Jonathan Larson) opened on Broadway. It became the anthem of a generation, gaining coverage internationally, unlike any previous Broadway musical, it spoke to the 'MTV generation'.
A re-imagining of Puccini's La Boheme, RENT is set in the late 80s in New York telling the story of a group of young impoverished artists living the bohemian lifestyle struggling to survive and thrive under the shadow of the HIV/Aids crisis.
With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity remind us to measure our lives in love.
Claiming that there is 'No day but today' the musical deals with the themes of loss, love, political unrest, sex, life and death and defiantly delivers the message to live life to the fullest and without fear.
The cast appeared at PRIDE in Gloucestershire last Saturday showcasing some excerpts from the show and they were met with an amazing welcome and reaction from the audience
As well as evening performances at Cheltenham Playhouse from October 13-20 (except Sunday, October 14), there is also a 2pm matinee on Saturday, October 20.
Tickets are priced £17 (concessions £14 and £16 Monday evening and Saturday 20th matinee) and are available from the box office on 01242 522852 or online from the theatre website at www.cheltplayhouse.org.uk or CODS website at www.codsonline.co.uk
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