Book, Music, and Lyrics by
Jonathan Larson
based on the French novel by
Henri Murger
May 29-June 21, 2025


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Praise for New Line's 2014 Production

“If you think you've seen Rent before, you really haven't.”
– Chris Gibson, BroadwayWorld

"A kind of immediacy it probably hasn’t had since its debut Off-Broadway."
– Rob Weinert-Kendt, American Theatre

“Bringing stunning characters furiously to life, in all their contradictions.”
– Richard Green, TalkinBroadway

“Sharp, incisive and viscerally moving. . . a masterpiece of stagecraft,
a composition as visually stunning as it is sonically powerful. . .
packed with unforgettable moments.”
– Paul Friswold, The Riverfront Times

"An intimate, emotionally charged production filled with memorable performances."
– Tina Farmer, KDHX

"The question was could New Line Theatre show me something the
national tour hadn’t? The answer came last Saturday night: Yes."
– Christopher Reilly, Alive Magazine

“A powerhouse evening of theater.” – Christopher Reilly Alive Magazine

How do you measure a year in the life?

New Line closes its 33rd season with Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize winning cultural phenomenon, the long-running rock opera Rent. This cheerfully transgressive, 1990s rock/pop riff on a classic story, set in New York City’s East Village, is best described in its creator's own words: “In these dangerous times, where it seems the world is ripping apart at the seams, we can all learn how to survive from those who stare death squarely in the face every day and we should reach out to each other and bond as a community, rather than hide from the terrors of life at the end of the millennium.”

A show about connection and healing seems like a story we need right now, maybe more than ever before.

Rent was nominated for a staggering ten Tony Awards and won four, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. It also won six Drama Desk Awards, three Obie Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Drama League Award. And the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The original production ran more than twelve years and over five thousand performances — it's still one of the top ten longest running musicals in Broadway history — and the 2010 off Broadway revival, opening just three years after the original closed, ran another year.

The New Line production will be directed by Scott Miller and Chris Moore, with music direction by Dr. Jenna Lee Moore, scenic design by Rob Lippert, lighting design by Matt Stuckel, and sound design by Ryan Day.

New Line last produced Rent in 2014. Rent is produced by arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York.

Want to explore more?
We recommend:

An English translation of the original French novel by Henri Murger that the show is based on

The original Broadway cast album

Artistic Director Scott Miller's analysis and background essay about Rent, from his book Rebels with Applause

The Rent coffee table book, including the entire script

This Charlie Rose interview with the original artistic team and three of the original leads

Anthony Rapp's Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent

The final performance on Broadway filmed live, on DVD

Photos from the East Village in the 1990s

The excellent book Poseur: A Memoir of Downtown New York City in the '90s

A timeline of the AIDS epidemic


RENT runs May 29-June 21, 2025, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, all at 8:00 p.m., at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, three blocks east of Grand, in the Grand Center Arts District. May 29 is a preview.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors for the preview; and $30 for adults and $25 for students/seniors for all other performances. To charge tickets by phone, call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit the Fox Theatre box office or the MetroTix website.

DISCOUNTS: HIGH SCHOOL DISCOUNT: Any high school student with a valid school ID can get a $10 ticket for any performance, with the code word, posted only on New Line's Facebook page. COLLEGE FREE SEATS: Ten free seats for every performance, open to any college student with a valid student ID. EDUCATORS DISCOUNT: New Line offers all currently employed educators half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. MILITARY DISCOUNT: New Line offers all active duty military personnel half price tickets on any Thursday night, with ID or other proof of active duty status.

All offers not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability. All programs subject to change. New Line Theatre receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council, with additional support from the Kranzberg Arts Foundation and the Grand Center Arts District.