Rent - Jonathan Larson's rock-music retelling of La Boheme - returns to Baltimore Monday for a one-week run at the Hippodrome Theatre. Winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award, the musical became the 10th longest-running show in Broadway history earlier this year.
Larson's libretto moves the opera's story to New York's East Village, substitutes AIDS for tuberculosis and peoples the cast with a rock musician, video artist, street drummer, performance artist, etc. The touring production stars Tallia Brinson as Mimi, an exotic dancer; Dan Rosenbaum plays her love interest, Roger, a songwriter; and Andy Meeks is his roommate, Mark, a filmmaker. Direction is by Michael Greif.
Show times at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., are 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $24-$64. Front-row seats will be sold for $20 two hours prior to curtain on the day of performance, limit two tickets per person, at the box office only, cash only. For more information, call 410-547-SEAT.
- J. Wynn Rousuck