MainStage Production, Winter 2022: Rent


Book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical arrangements by Steve Skinner
Original concept/additional lyrics by Billy Aronson
Musical supervision and additional arrangements by Tim Weil
Dramaturg Lynn Thompson

February 18-19, 24, 25*, 26 at 8 pm
February 20 & 27 at 2 pm
The Moore Theater

A Department of Theater MainStage Production
Tickets available via the HOP Box Office

The groundbreaking and iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shaped a generation and taught us all to measure our lives in love.

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. An exuberant and passionate story about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. 

CAROL DUNNE director
KEVIN SMITH musical director
KEITH COUGHLIN choreographer
MICHAEL GANIO scenic designer
LAURIE CHURBA costume designer
DAN KOTLOWITZ lighting designer
BRENDAN F. DOYLE sound designer

*The Friday February 25 performance will be open-captioned

Originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollom, Allan S. Gordon, and New York Theatre Workshop.

Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials also supplied by MTI.

This performance contains discussion of suicide and drug use.

Please note: Ticket reservations are required for these performances (click here to get your tickets!). Per current Hopkins Center covid policy, attendees are required to either show proof of vaccination and booster (if eligible for booster) or negative covid test, OR they will need to present their Dartmouth ID upon arrival at the theater. Details about Hopkins Center Health & Safety policies are available HERE.



Dive into the production and its history with two special events on Friday, February 25!

Before the Show:
Jonathan Larson's "Rent": a Cultural Touchstone, 25 Years On
7 pm • Top of the Hop

A pre-show conversation with:
Jim Nicola 
Artistic Director, New York Theatre Workshop; Original Producer, Rent world premiere (1996)

César Alvarez
Asst Professor, Dept of Music; Recipient, American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Award (2016)

Armond Dorsey GR
Dramaturg, Rent; Masters Candidate in Digital Musics

Carol Dunne (she/her)
Director, Rent; Lecturer, Dept of Theater; Artistic Director, Northern Stage

In 1994, the brand-new New York Theatre Workshop Residency program at Dartmouth brought an unknown young composer named Jonathan Larson to campus to continue developing a new musical he had been working on for years. Two years later, the show opened at New York Theatre Workshop amidst the unimaginable tragedy of Larson's sudden death…and opened the door to a new era in musical theater. The panel will discuss the making of an icon and what Rent means for the American theater - past, present, and future.

After the Show:
A Conversation with the Cast and Creative Team
The Moore Theater

Join us in the theater immediately following the evening's performance for an informal discussion with members of the Rent cast and creative team.