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`Rent' is paying a visit to Hollywood

July 13, 2006

"Rent," the gritty off-Broadway rock opera that became a Tony Award-winning stage phenomenon, picked up a Pulitzer Prize and is now one of Broadway's longest-running shows, is back in town on a new national tour.

Based on Puccini's "La Boheme" and set in New York's East Village, where a group of young artists struggle with love, loss and survival, "Rent" has its own real-life heartbreak: Creator Jonathan Larson never saw the show open for its initial off-Broadway run in 1996 at New York Theatre Workshop -- he died of an aortic aneurysm hours after the show's final dress rehearsal, 10 days before his 36th birthday.

"Rent," Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Opens 8 p.m. Tuesday. $25 to $68. (213) 365-3500; www.BroadwayLA.org.

* Runs 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Ends July 23.

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