By Mike Sembos
12:20 PM EDT, July 2, 2013
Rent opened off-Broadway in January 1996, and on the day it was to begin its previews, playwright Jonathan Larson died suddenly from an aortic aneurysm. The show ascended to Broadway in April of 1996 and ended up winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, running for 12 years. It tells the tale of struggling artists and musicians trying to make it in the East Village's Alphabet City at the peak of the AIDS crisis. The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts are presenting their own version of the popular show, opening this Friday night.
Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, 286 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield, (203) 775-0023. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. July 5-27. Through July 27. $15-$20. brookfieldtheatre.org
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