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July 25, 2013

Tickets on sale for MLT’s 'RENT'

— Advance tickets for Muskogee Little Theatre’s production of “RENT” are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at Soundworld, 123 E. Okmulgee Ave. The rock musical opens Friday and continues through Aug. 10. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “RENT” has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages, according to a media release. Based loosely on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” “RENT” follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Opening on Broadway in 1996, “RENT” was the first musical in decades that younger audiences really identified with, that speaks in their voice, that voices their concerns, that tackles their issues, the release states. The New York Times called it an “exhilarating, landmark rock opera,” and said it “shimmers with hope for the future of the American musical.” Time magazine called it “the most exuberant and original American musical to come along this decade.” The Wall Street Journal called it “the best new musical since the 1950s.”

The production is sponsored by Dr. Tim Holder and presented with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council. RENT contains adult content and situations and is intended for a mature audience.

Information: www.muskogeelittletheatre.com or musko

geelittletheatre@gmail.com.

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