25 Years of RENT: Measured in Love

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure a year in the life?

If you’re part of the New York Theatre Workshop, you’re getting ready to celebrate twenty-five years of Jonathan Larson’s 1996 ground-breaking, Tony Award-winning, and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT.

Jesse L. Martin and Wilson Jermaine Heredia in RENT at New York Theatre Workshop. Photo by Joan Marcus

Loosely based on Puccini’s 1896 opera La Bohème, RENT tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan’s East Village in the thriving days of bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. From its premiere at NYTW, this rock musical traveled to Broadway, across the nation and around the world.

On March 2, 2021, NYTW presents its biggest fundraising event of the year, 25 Years of RENT: Measure in Love. The virtual event will celebrate the cultural significance of RENT and will feature a selection of iconic songs by some of today’s leading recording and theatre artists, exclusive content about how RENT came to life, and discussions of Jonathan Larson’s legacy in the American theater. (Larson died suddenly of an aortic dissection the night before the off-Broadway premiere.) Scheduled to perform are Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Christopher Jackson, and many more. Featured guests include Wilson Cruz [A&U, June 2018], Neil Patrick Harris, Telly Leung, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more.

Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega in RENT at New York Theatre Workshop. Photo by Joan Marcus

25 Years of RENT: Measured in Love will be held virtually on March 2, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. EST, and will be available to stream on-demand through March 6, expiring at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Tickets begin at $25. Packages and sponsorships begin at $1,000. Purchase online at https://www.nytw.org/show/25-years-of-rent-measured-in-love/ or by phoning (212) 460-5475. A limited number of free tickets will be available through an exclusive lottery on TodayTix. The lottery is now open for entries on the TodayTix app. Winners will be notified 1 week prior to the event on February 23 at 12 p.m. EST and will have one hour to claim their ticket on the TodayTix platform.

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick Greathouse. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.