'Rent' 20th-Anniversary Tour 

The Morrison Center, Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8

At first, the original production of Rent must have seemed cursed. The day before the show's off-Broadway premier, its creator, Jonathan Larsen, died suddenly of an aortic dissection; but if Rent has household name recognition today, it's because it's a masterful piece of musical theater that hit just the right tone at just the right moment. In 1996, this story about a set of poor artists carving lives out of the bedrock of New York's Alphabet City neighborhood at the height of the AIDS crisis hit like a tidal wave. A riff off Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme, it is now the 11th-longest-running Broadway show, and has spawned a 2005 film featuring a gaggle of the original cast members. A touring production will bring the show live to The Morrison Center on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8.

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