Theater challenges audiences by blending the real and the imaginary, much like a neighbor who accuses you of giving her goiters with your brain. Enhance reality with this GrouponLive deal.
- $37 for one ticket to see Rent (up to $75.50 value)
- When: Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m.
- Where: California Theatre of the Performing Arts
- Seating: rear orchestra or front balcony section
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
The winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the rock opera Rent features irresistible tunes belted by lovably flawed characters, a combination that spawned a feature film and allowed the show to thrive on Broadway for 12 years. Set in Manhattan's Lower East Side around the late 1980s, the show opens on a group of starving musicians, filmmakers, and creatives as they struggle against their former friend and current landlord for the right to live rent-free. Interspersed with scenes that focus on young love, LGBT issues, and financial stability versus artistic integrity, pairs sing duets such as "Tango: Maureen" and full-ensemble pieces such as the Act Two opener "Seasons of Love." Based on Puccini's classic opera La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's script replaces the plight of tuberculosis with AIDS and addiction, adding urgency to his characters' quest to make a significant and meaningful mark on the world.
California Theatre of the Performing Arts
A former vaudeville performance space and movie palace built in 1928, the California Theatre of the Performing Arts hearkens back to a bygone era with its majestic Wurlitzer organ, which is played during silent-film programs, and a time portal linked to the childhood home of Alexander Pantages. The theater’s deep-red stage curtains and ornate, vaulted ceilings also steep the senses in a vintage ambiance. Thanks to this comforting nostalgia, as well as the heartfelt scenes that unfold onstage, the space seems much cozier than a 1,718-seat auditorium has any right to.