With the biopic of Jonathan Larson’s life tick, tick…BOOM! winning huge critical acclaim it’s just the right moment for his Tony winning masterpiece Rent to head out for a short tour of Yorkshire.
Bite My Thumb are based in the white rose county and following their tour of Little Shop of Horrors are now tackling Larson’s emotional tale of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive at the end of the millennium in New York’s rundown East Village.
Full of classic songs the show ran for 12 years on Broadway as the idealistic bohemians fell in love, found their voice and lived for today as the AIDS crisis raged around them.
“We won’t be playing with the staging too much this time,” says director Nathan Winn, “Rent is about the music, the passion and the beautifully raw voices. But don’t get me wrong, it certainly won’t be the same production that you’ve seen before.”
Sadly, Larson died the day of the show’s off-Broadway preview, but is a show set in the 90’s still relevant long after the end of the millennium?
“Absolutely,” argues producer Neil Knipe. “Whatever side of the argument you’re on, people are down, and hate is on the rise. Rent is a glorious celebration of love and life and living for today.”
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9th – 12th March
The Carriageworks, Leeds
0113 376 0318
30th March – 2nd April
Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
14th – 16th April
Joseph Rowntree, York