The rock musical RENT is making its debut at Cayman’s Prospect Playhouse Theatre this September. Loosely based on Puccini’s opera “La Bohème,” RENT won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.Written by Jonathan Larson, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with wide audience appeal.
Get ready to hear fun songs to make you smile and rock out, like ‘La Vie Boheme,’ or be moved by the emotional poignancy in the song ‘Without You,’ which informs us all that the world keeps turning, life goes on and everything grows, but you don’t evolve without the people in your life who mean something to you. There may not be a dry eye in the house after that song.
The musical, set in the late 80s and early 90s, depicts a year in the life of a group of eight friends in New York City’s East Village. The show describes their struggle to build a life of their dreams.
The friends, all with diverse problems, deal with poverty, drug abuse and addiction, social tension, political unrest, physical and emotional struggles, the battle of HIV/AIDS, or the experience of loved ones battling this horrible disease. Each character faces their problems head on and makes personal self-discoveries, ultimately realizing what really matters most in life: love and hope.
The sentiment ‘no day but today’ resonates as a recurring theme throughout the play, reminding the characters, and the audience, to live each moment to the fullest.
Cast and crew
Sophie Gough, director and choreographer of this production, trained at The Centre – Performing Arts College in London, England. This is Sophie’s first time directing a musical, although not her first time performing. She made her debut on Cayman’s stage at 3 years of age.
Rounding up the usual suspects for the production team are Chuck and Barrie Quappe as musical directors; Sheree Ebanks as producer; and Karen Gray-Gunderson as stage manager, all of whom are no strangers to musical stage productions. ‘Sea N’ B’ band and a small string orchestra are live on stage along with the actors to make this musical edgy and powerful.
The cast brings professionalism and passion to this extraordinary performance of RENT and comprises a number of talented seasoned performers, along with many new faces.
RENT opens Sept. 10 and runs for four weekends (Thurs, Fri, Sat) closing Oct. 3.
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Due to the aforementioned themes, along with some strong language, be advised this show is rated PG-13.