‘Rent’ gets its due in a Slow Burn Theatre production

April 14, 2015 5:16 PM

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Rent is a musical so full of young energy, so brimming with creativity and passion and hope in the face of sorrow, that it’s tough to believe more than 19 years have passed since it became an overnight sensation — one that would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize, earn millions and inspire a huge, enduring fan base.

It’s also hard to fathom that Jonathan Larson, the brilliant composer-lyricist who created Rent but died the night before it was to start previews at the New York Theatre Workshop, has been gone so long. It’s impossible not to imagine what might have followed had Larson lived, and the real-life trag...

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