Rent Cast_J and A PhotographyRENT is the defining rock musical of this generation featuring music and lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson and is based on Puccini’s opera, La Boheme.

It tells the story 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 AIDS. Witness the unforgettable story of a group of young artists learning to survive, fall in love, finding their voices, and live for today!

With music stripped down to its pure rock essence and the story played by actors in a deliberate departure from the over amplified arena style performances, this production of RENT promises to bring the compelling story to audiences in a whole new way.

RENT has a strong theme of HIV/AIDS so as well as putting on a great show we have associated ourselves with Victorian Aids Council in a bid to help raise money for the education, prevention and research of HIV/AIDS.

A Story of Love & Life, this will be the first professional production of RENT to play Melbourne since the original in 1998. Headlining Chapel off Chapel’s 2014 season, it will introduce and showcase some of Melbourne’s newest performers and is presented as part of the 2014 Midsumma Festival.

Next Step Productions is a brand new company based in Melbourne that is striving to nurture and foster up and coming performers to take that Next Step  towards a professional theatre career, by producing professional standard productions that will allow performers to be seen by agents and people that may help forward their career.

Director: Paul Watson  Featuring: Cameron MacDonald, Steve Simmons, Melanie Ott, Shaun Kingma, Leigh Barker, Zuleika Khan, Gemma Purdy, Ashley Rousetty  Musical Director: Andrew Leach  Choreographer: Scott Pondsford & Leigh Barker

Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
Season: 9 – 18 January 2014

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Image: RENT Cast – photo by J & A Photography