March 9, 2017

Anniversary production of timeless Broadway hit scheduled to perform at Purdue in March

Convos rent The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards-winning musical “Rent” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in the Elliott Hall of Music. (Photo provided) Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — With returning Broadway creatives at the helm to celebrate the two decades since its debut, “Rent” performs on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Elliott Hall of Music. This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations with support from Lafayette Bank and Trust.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th-anniversary touring production.

A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, “Rent” follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.

Tickets are $26-$57 and available at the Stewart Center box office at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group tickets are also available to groups of 10 more. Visit or call 765-496-1977 for more details.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 30-40 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children's theater, world music, jazz, and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, 

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