“RENT” 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour Coming to Philadelphia in March

Since “RENT” opened on Broadway in 1996, fans have flocked to the show seemingly non-stop.

Well, the end may be drawing near as the “RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour” takes over the Merriam Theater at the Kimmel Cultural Campus from March 4-6. Former Kimmel Education student and Philadelphia native Shafiq Hicks, a graduate of Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts and voice specialist at Temple University, will play the role of “Tom Collins.”

For a quarter of a century, Jonathan Larson’s “RENT” has inspired us to choose love over fear and live with no regrets. This Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning show follows a year in the life of a diverse group of artists and friends who struggle to achieve their dreams without selling out.

‘RENT’ tours have criss-crossed the country almost continuously since 1996, with the last tour alone playing in 5 countries, 237 cities and 1,005 performances. “RENT” won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996 as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Deeply committed to the health and safety of guests, performers and staff and proudly certified by GBAC, the gold standard for infection prevention programs, Kimmel Cultural Campus requires masks to be worn at all times for visitors. guests attending campus events, as well as proof of vaccination for those over 5 years of age. Customers under the age of 5 will be required to present a negative PCR test result or a negative rapid test. Additional details below.

“Providing 100% free arts education programs to our city’s youth is a priority and central initiative on our campus – educating, engaging and inspiring the next generation of future artists, audiences and culture enthusiasts,” said Frances Egler. , Senior Director of Programming and Presentations at Kimmel Cultural Campus. “We’re thrilled to couple this return of the ever-popular RENT with another homecoming for one of our ShowStoppers musical theater alumni, Shafiq Hicks, who stars in the production as beloved ‘Tom Collins’. “

For more information visit: https://rentontour.net

RENT is part of the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ 2021-22 Broadway season, co-presented by The Shubert Organization. The remaining season also includes Pretty Woman: The Musical, Hadestown, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Oklahoma!, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Dear Evan Hansen, with add-ons Waitress, Hairspray! and Freestyle Love Supreme. For more information on the full season lineup, dates and locations, visit KimmelCulturalCampus.org.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at www.kimmelculturalcampus.org. In-person ticket sales can be made daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 250 S. Broad Street.

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