Rent School Edition

Rent School Edition
An inspiring musical about friends and artists struggling with addiction, poverty, AIDS and most of all, love. (Adapted for High School Performers)

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent School Edition is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent School Edition 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. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

Rent School Edition is exuberant, passionate, and joyous. Schools will love the freedom and flexibility that this show offers; minimal costuming and sets are required. This adaptation has been carefully done, working with the Larson estate to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song ("Contact") to make it possible for many schools to perform this piece.

Concert Selections for Rent

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • FINALE B
    From
    RENT
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    Jonathan Larson
    Lyrics by
    Jonathan Larson
    Instrumentation
    2 Piano-Conductor Scores, 1 Guitar, 1 Drums, 1 Bass, 1 Keyboard 2, 20 Vocal Books.
  • ONE SONG GLORY
    From
    RENT
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    F#
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    LARSON, JONATHAN
    Lyrics by
    LARSON, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Bass, 1 Drums, 2 Guitars, 2 Piano Conductor Scores
  • OUT TONIGHT
    From
    RENT
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    A
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    LARSON, JONATHAN
    Lyrics by
    LARSON, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Bass, 1 Drums, 2 Guitars, 2 Piano Conductor Scores
  • SEASONS OF LOVE
    From
    RENT
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    CHORUS (Featured Solos)
    Starting Key
    Bb
    Estimated duration
    4 min 11 sec
    Music by
    LARSON, JONATHAN
    Lyrics by
    LARSON, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Bass, 1 Guitar, 1 Drums, 1 Organ, 2 Piano Conductor Scores, 20 Chorus Books
  • WITHOUT YOU
    From
    RENT
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    0 sec
    Music by
    LARSON, JONATHAN
    Lyrics by
    LARSON, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Keyboard 1, 1 Keyboard 2, 1 Guitar, 1 Bass, 1 Drums.
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Questions & Answers

Scaffolding for RENT

September 25, 2009
I'll be directing Rent in Brooklyn and wanted to know how I go about renting scaffolding for sets. Does anyone have any idea about how a process like that works?
Scaffolding for RENT

Rent the School Edition

January 24, 2013
Our school is contemplating proposing RENT: TSE for our fall musical. We have roughly 2,500 students in medium size city in Wisconsin. We are looking to find other schools who have produced RENT as a means to address questions we may have. We have strong student support for the show, but we are mindful of the community reaction. Here are some questions that we have;1) What rationale did you use in the proposal of RENT?2) Did you have issues with males or females playing the roles of: Angel, Collins, Maureen?3) If you produced the show, did you receive any backlash from teh community, or were they pretty supportive?Any recommendations or personal antidotes about your production will be helpful for us in making our decision. Our plan is to overview the perusal, and then we would like to talk to some of the schools that produce the show before pitching the show to our administration. If we receive teh go ahead, we will have a student and parent meeting to talk about why we are doing the show.
Rent the School Edition

Review

December 28, 2015
Hi! We are interested in performing about 8 songs from Rent in a chorus performance. No plot or costumes, a review type style. Where might I get licensing for such a performance? Thank you for your help :)
Review

Are non-professional community theaters allowed to license the school edition and cast adults? We have a very conservative patronage that would be much more receptive to the school edition.

Are non-professional community theaters allowed to license the school edition and cast adults? We have a very conservative patronage that would be much more receptive to the school edition.
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