The company of the "Rent" during 20th anniversary tour. Photos by Carol Rosegg.
“Rent” returns to San Francisco for 18,720 minutes (that’s 13 days, 16 shows) at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre. The ground-breaking rock musical is loosely based on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” and comes to SF celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Since its debut in 1996, the “rock opera” has picked up a sleuth of awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and several Tony Awards. It was a smash-hit on Broadway that paved the way for contemporary American musical theater. It wasn’t until “Hamilton” that another musical generated so much buzz. And "Rent" hasn't lost its notoriously loyal fan base, based on the cheers and screams coming from the audience on opening night.
Skyler Volpe as Mimi Marquez performs "Out Tonight."
Set in New York City’s Lower East Side Village (before it was gentrified), “Rent” follows the story of a group of young bohemians over the course of a year who struggle to follow their dreams without “selling out.” Struggling to pay the rent, the group of friends deal with HIV and drug addiction, while maintaining a mantra of “No Day But Today” and living life to its fullest.
Danny Harris Kornfeld, Christian Thompson and Kaleb Wells (Mark, Benny and Roger) during the 20th anniversary tour of "Rent."
“Rent” plays at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre, located at 1 Taylor St. in San Francisco, now through Feb. 19. Show time is 2 hours and 40 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission. The show is not recommended for children under 13.
Tickets start at $45.
For more information, visit SHN online.