The world of Broadway theater changed in 1996, when the edgy musical rent hit the stage.  This musical, which would go on to win awards and launch the careers of many of today’s most popular stars, injected a gritty, modern element into theater, which had previously been missing. 

Currently, it is touring in celebration of its 20th anniversary and it was at the Hobby Center from August 6th through the 11th.  This gave many Houstonian’s the chance to see the musical, which has been in high-demand for over two decades.

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical was based on Puccini’s La Boheme follows a group of seven artists in New York, as they struggle to get their big breaks. 

One of the great things about this touring production is that, like many popular touring Broadway shows, the producers and the venue were determined that Broadway should be for everyone.  Instead of being reserved for the wealthy, the Hobby Center offered $25 front row seats available on the day of the show, with a limit of two tickets per person. 

Did you miss Rent?  No worries; Broadway at the Hobby Center has an amazing season this year, with Cats, Dear Evan Hansen, Hello Dolly!, The Band’s Visit, Jersey Boys, Come from Away, Fiddler on the Roof, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Hamilton slated for the 19-20 season.


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