RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

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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 Award-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.

Free CyberCafé Knapp Stage pre-show concert Thursday from 6-7:00 p.m. featuring folk-pop singer and songwriter, Melanie Devaney.  From Epworth, Iowa, Melanie has been described by the San Diego Kensington News as “a real gem,” whose music is “at times country, at times pop, she’s like a mix of Carole King and Emmylou Harris with confessional lyrics and heartfelt music to spare.” Her songs are stories from her own life’s adventures and the cast of characters she has met and created along her musical journey. She has released three independent records and is at work on her fourth.

John and Alice Butler Hall

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