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November 5, 2008 > Theater Review: 'Rent' set to debut at Newark Memorial High School

Theater Review: 'Rent' set to debut at Newark Memorial High School

The Newark Memorial High School Theatre Department is an award-winning, highly celebrated program having two drama directors Steven & Brandon Harrington, a father and son team with over fifty years of teaching and stage directing experience combined.

For three consecutive years the Harrington father-son duo's high-powered Drama program have been nominated to participate in the Edinburgh, Scotland International High School Drama Festival. It is a prestigious award given to the top 10 high school Drama programs in the United States.

They are currently producing the sensational 6-time Tony Award-winning musical powerhouse and Pulitzer-Prize winner, Rent which runs at Newark Memorial Theatre for the first 3 weekends in November. This production will be among the first high school productions of this classical and contemporary musical masterpiece.

Jonathan Larson's rock musical retelling of the "La Boheme" story, but relocated to AIDS-era East Village, New York. A penniless songwriter's love for a young woman grows even as illness begins to consume her. The poet Rodolfo is now punk rocker Roger. Tubercular Mimi is now an AIDS-infected dancer at an S&M nightclub. Painter Marcello is now aspiring filmmaker Mark Cohen, and so forth. The ending is transformed from the opera, but the theme of love striving to endure beyond all obstacles remains. Songs include "Season of Love," Without You," "Out Tonight," "One Song Glory," "I'll Cover You" and "Santa Fe."

Fridays & Saturdays: Nov 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
8 p.m.
Sundays: Nov 9, 16
2 p.m.
Newark Memorial Theatre
39375 Newark Blvd., Newark
(510) 818-4451

Presale Tickets: $10; At the door: $12

Advance tickets available at The Book End, 5678 Thornton Ave., Newark (510) 797-4100

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