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Tony-winning musical comes to the Orpheum

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning landmark American musical RENT, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, will play the Orpheum Theater for two nights only, Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which range in price from $29 to $49, will go on sale December 7, and can be purchased by visiting the Sioux City Auditorium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 712-252-3434.

Inspired by Puccini's La Boheme, RENT is a joyous, breathtaking and often bittersweet musical that celebrates a community of artists as they struggle with the soaring hopes and tough realities of today's world. RENT, considered by many the most exuberant and original American musical to come along in a decade, has single-handedly reinvigorated Broadway and taken the country by storm; Sweeping all major theater awards, including the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT captures the heart and spirit of a generation.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996, to ecstatic reviews; It rapidly became a sold-out hit. The show transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996, and continues to play to standing room only audiences; On January 7, RENT became the fifteenth-longest running Broadway show ever, surpassing the legendary musical Annie. The most honored musical since A Chorus Line in 1976, RENT is only the fifth musical to ever win both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award.

The success of RENT is always tempered by the death of its creator, Jonathan Larson; Larson died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm on the morning of January 25, 1996, just hours after the final dress rehearsal for the RENT off-Broadway premiere, and ten days before his 36th birthday.

RENT features musical direction by Tim Well, choreography by Marlies Yearby, set design by Paul Clay, costume design by Angela Wendt and lighting design by Blake Burba.

RENT will play for two nights only at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City; Special discounts are available for groups of 20 or more, for information call 712-279-0850.