It’s been 20 years since the Broadway play RENT was first performed on stage, and the last time the tour stopped in Nashville was 2008.

A re-imagining of Puccini’s opera “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 cast of the anniversary tour features  Danny Kornfeld as Mark Cohen, Kaleb Wells as Roger Davis, Skyler Volpe as Mimi Marquez, Aaron Harrington as Tom Collins, David Merino as Angel Dumott Schunard, Katie LaMark as Maureen Johnson, Jasmine Easler as Joanne Jefferson and Christian Thompson as Benny Coffin III.

Rounding out the ensemble are Bryson Bruce, John Devereaux, Tim Ehrlich, Sammy Ferber, Paola Hernandez, Alia Hodge, Natalie Lipin, Jordan Long, Michael McClure, Timothy McNeill, Futaba Shioda and Alexis Louise Young.

We have three reasons  why you should add this to your weekend to-do list as the show ends on Sunday, October 23rd and moves to the next city in the 20th Anniversary tour.

1. Timeless Themes
Whether you watched the play 20 years ago or for the first time this week, the themes of uncertainty, fear, friendship, and survival are part of our lives today.  At times, the subjects addressed can feel heavy but RENT adds  a dose of wit and humor to balance it all out. And don’t we all need a reminder to live each day to the fullest?

2.  Memorable Songs
RENT taught us all how many minutes were in a year- 525,600 to be exact. “Seasons of Love” is one of those iconic songs that you have to hear in context.  But you will  have to wait until the beginning of the second act.  RENT kicked off the career of Idina Menzel, who played Maureen on Broadway show version but those of you with children can easily recall her from Frozen’s “Let it Go” -yes that’s her!

3. You Can Get $20 Tickets
RENT was the first Broadway play to offer discounted tickets and they are still doing so today. Arrive 90 minutes before the show for a chance to be selected for $20 tickets to the show.  You must pay in cash and your seats are on the first and second row.  The last time RENT was in town, I went with some friends for a chance at the $20 tickets.  It was the first and only time to date I’ve sat on the front row of a Broadway play.  A total game changer and worth arriving early for the opportunity.

RENT is now on stage at Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville until Sunday. Ticket prices start at $35. Visit the TPAC website for selections of seating and show performance times.

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