Starring Jai Rodriguez

Rent is one of the most popular musicals in theater history. With a twelve-year run on Broadway, the show is an update of the Puccini's La Boheme, but takes place in late 20th century New York. The gritty subject material and powerful songs of Jonathon Larson combines to make the show a new icon of modern musical theater. Larson set out to transform the tragic opera into a modern day New York setting, complete with rock music. Adding to the legend of the show is the tragic death of Larson at age 35 the day before the show's New York opening.

The story of Rent follows the lives of a group of young artists in New York City's East Village. In addition to being too poor to pay rent on their apartments, several of the members of the group are HIV positive. The play revolves around three couples, Collins and the cross-dressing Angel, the often-fighting Mimi and Roger, and the always-fighting Joanne and Maureen. The final member of the group is Mark, a filmmaker who spends more time taping the lives of his friends than he spends living his own life. All of the members of the group refuse to live a traditional lifestyle, embracing bohemian concepts and surviving as well as they can.

Tickets are available for every budget. Tickets range from $30-$80. All
tickets are available by calling the Box Office at (562) 856-1999 x4, in
person at 4350 E. 7th Street, Long Beach (corner of Ximeno Avenue), or
online at

Thursday, December 17 - 8:00 PM
Friday, December 18 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 19 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 19 - 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 20 - 2:00 PM

Carpenter Performing Arts Center
6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815 - on the campus of Cal State Long Beach