Contact:Joshua Carr                 Welk Resorts Theatre

Producer                                   8860 Lawrence Welk Drive

760-749-3182 x 22148               Escondido, CA 92026



The Welk Theatre announces RENT opening at September 20, 2012 and Press night September 21, 2012

The Welk Theatre is proud to announce the opening of the edgy, smash hit musical RENT on Thursday, September 20th at 8pm.  We have assembled a dynamic cast of locals and Los Angeles actors for this show directed and choreographed by Dan Mojica who directed our extremely popular Footloose and Man of La Mancha, and more recently our presentation of the new musical Wrinkles by Greg Evans.

Rent (often stylized as RENT) is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini‘s opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

The musical was first seen in a limited three-week workshop production at New York Theatre Workshop in 1994. This same off-Broadway theatre was also the musical’s initial home following its official January 25, 1996 opening. The show’s creator, Jonathan Larson, died suddenly the night before the off-Broadway premiere. The show won a Pulitzer Prize, and the production was a hit. The musical moved to Broadway’s larger Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996.

On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for Best Musical among other awards. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008 after a 12-year run of 5,124 performances, the ninth-longest-running Broadway show at the time. The production grossed over $280 million.

The success of the show led to several national tours and numerous foreign productions. In 2005 it was adapted into a motion picture that features most of the original cast members.

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We would like to invite press reps to our press night performance on Friday, September 21st with a pre-show buffet, and performance at 8pm.  Please email for your tickets to this performance.  For more info please contact Joshua Carr at or call (760) 749-3000 x22148