News Release, National Theatre

Washington, D.C. (Thursday, October 17, 2019) – Pulitzer and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece RENT will return to the National Theatre by popular demand with its 20th-anniversary tour production. The musical will run Tuesday, November 12 through Sunday, November 17, 2019, and is the fourth production in the venue’s record-breaking 2019-2020 Broadway at the National season.

Tickets for the RENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR are currently on sale and may be purchased at, by calling 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the National Theatre Box Office (open Monday-Friday from 12 pm-6 pm and two hours prior to every performance). The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece return to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996, to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. RENT won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Leading the RENT 20THANNIVERSARY TOUR cast isCody Jenkinsas Mark Cohen,Coleman Cummingsas Roger Davis,Aiyana Smashas Mimi Marquez,Shafiq Hicksas Tom Collins,Joshua Tavaresas AngelDumottSchunard,Kelsee Sweigardas Maureen Johnson,SamanthaMbolekwaas Joanne Jefferson, andJuan Luis Espinalas Benjamin Coffin III. The tour will also featureZareAnguay,RaylaGarske,Lexi Greene,YsabelJasa,CairaAsantéLakota,Stephen Rochet Lopez,Benjamin H. Moore,CarlinaParker,James Schoppe,Jason Tyler Smith,Kevin StevensandSam Van Vleet.

Based on the original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign re-stages the 20th-anniversary tour. Original Broadway creatives Marlies Yearby (Choreography), Angela Wendt (Costume Design), and Tim Weil (Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements) are joined by Jonathan Spencer (Lighting Design), Keith Caggiano (Sound Design), MiRi Park (Associate Choreographer), and Matthew E. Maraffi (adapting original scenic design by Paul Clay) to make up the creative team for the tour. Casting for the tour is by Wojcik | Seay Casting.

The RENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include the 2016 Olivier Award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Bandstand, and the upcoming tour of the TONY award-winning musical Ain’t Too Proud.


The RENT 20THANNIVERSARY TOUR will run Tuesday, November 12 through Sunday, November 17, 2019.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm
  • Sunday evening at 7:30 pm

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