The producers of Rent have announced that due to ticket demand, the landmark Broadway musical will extend its run at the Nederlander Theatre through Sunday, September 7, and will close following that evening's 6:30pm performance. The musical had previously been scheduled to close on Sunday, June 1. Rent is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history.
In consideration of the Rent fans who have purchased tickets for the currently announced final week, ticket holders wishing to exchange tickets purchased for performances from Monday, May 26, 2008 through Sunday, June 1, 2008 for performances during the extension period are welcome to do so subject to availability.
Ticket holders wishing to exchange can do so in either of the two (2) ways:
They can take their tickets to the Nederlander Theatre box office (208 West 41st Street, New York City) during regular box office hours (Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8: 30 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Tickets must be in hand.
They can call the box office mail room at 212-921-8000 and arrange the exchange over the phone. Tickets being exchanged must be mailed or brought to the box office by May 11 to complete the exchange.
In addition, the limited amount of loyal Rent fans who have purchased tickets to the currently announced final performance on Sunday evening, June 1, 2008 may exchange into the final performance on Sunday, September 7, 2008 subject to some restrictions.
These fans must have purchased their tickets prior to March 15, 2008 and verifiable proof of purchase for these tickets must be presented: Ticketmaster account information or credit card receipt or statement. The hard copy of proof of purchase must be brought or mailed to the box office along with tickets to affect the exchange. This will be checked. Please note that September 7, 2008 tickets may not necessarily be in the same locations as those purchased for June 1, 2008. The new tickets will be exchanged only for face value of the old tickets.
The performance schedule will remain unchanged throughout the summer: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday and 2pm and 7pm. There will be two exceptions: the show will be dark on Independence Day, Friday, July 4 and there will be an added performance that week on Wednesday, July 2, at 8pm; and there will be no performance on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, and special added performances Wednesday, September 3, at 2pm and 8pm.
Rent, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996 following a history making, sold out, extended limited engagement at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Additionally, Rent is one of only seven musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama. In all Rent won four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards, two Theatre World Awards, and Obie Awards for its creator, director, and entire cast.