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Rent is one of the most famous rock operas that has ever played on Broadway in New York. It has achieved such fame that many people are comparing it to other successful musicals such as Hair and The Rocky Horror Show. The musical has just launched at the Loft Theatre.

Jonathan Larson has written the lyrics and music for the production and it is an updated version of La Boheme, the famous opera by Puccini. This story is about musicians and artists who are struggling to survive in New York.

The production started on a very small scale and ran for three weeks at the New York Theatre Workshop in 1994. This was the same location where the production was launched officially in 1996. Immediately after it launched production was seen as a hit and it even went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. It finally closed after over 5000 performances in 2008 and ranks as one of the most long-running shows in Broadway history.

The production that is being shown at the Loft Theatre has been directed by Mr Tim Willis and the music is being directed by Mr Matt Flint. Robin Stokoe is responsible for the choreography and there are many singers and actors involved in the production that have been in Loft productions before. Mr Willis has commented, “Rent is a story that is about celebration. There is certainly a lot of despair and tragedy in it but really the message of the production is very positive.”