'Rent' revival closing

Wednesday July 4, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) -- An off-Broadway revival of "Rent" that opened three years after the original show tearfully closed up shop on Broadway has now lost its lease as well.

Producers said that the show currently playing at New World Stages will close Sept. 9 after having played 32 previews and 450 performances.

The book, music and lyrics for "Rent" were all written by Jonathan Larson, who died in January 1996, just before the show opened. Larson’s tale of free-spirited artists and street people in a gritty drug- and AIDS-plagued East Village of the early 1990s was inspired by Puccini’s "La Boheme."

The original "Rent," which spawned a movie version, closed in 2008 after more than 5,100 performances -- the ninth longest running show in Broadway history.


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