IN HONOR OF AIDS AWARENESS MONTH DURING DECEMBER
National Tour Will Donate Funds & Help Pay ‘Rent’ for A Survivor In Need
Tony Award-Winning Musical Returns to Philadelphia March 5 – 10
WHAT: In honor of AIDS Awareness Month throughout December, the Tony Award-winning Broadway stage musical RENT, bringing its 20th Anniversary touring production to Philadelphia on March 5 – 10, will be supporting AIDS Fund Philly, which provides financial and housing assistance to those living with HIV. By purchasing tickets to the show, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to AIDS Fund Philly to help cover the cost of rent for one month for a survivor in need. In addition, the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour will donate up to $1,500 to AIDS Fund Philly and the Kimmel Center’s Proud Season Sponsor TD Bank will donate up to $5,000.
WHO: Frances Egler, the Kimmel Center’s Director of Programming—and Tony voter—will be available for media interviews upon request. Also available will be a TD Bank spokesperson and representatives from AIDS Fund Philly. A check presentation will be made at the opening night performance of RENT on March 5 at the Merriam Theater.
DETAILS: Set during the Christmas holidays, RENT still continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations all over the world. Winner of both the 1996 Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize, the show returns again by popular demand to Philadelphia. RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters – love.
As part of Broadway Philadelphia, presented collaboratively by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization, RENT’s 20th Anniversary Tour arrives in Philadelphia on March 5 – 10 at the Merriam Theater.
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The Shubert Organization
For more than 100 years, The Shubert Organization has been in the forefront of the American theatre. Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six Off-Broadway venues, as well as the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia. The company has produced and co-produced hundreds of plays and musicals, including the original Broadway production of CATS, Dreamgirls, Sunday in the Park with George, Amadeus, The Real Thing, The Grapes of Wrath, Equus, The Elephant Man, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, School of Rock The Musical, and The Humans. The Shubert Organization is proud of its ongoing refurbishment program for its theatres, seeking to preserve the historic character while modernizing them to accommodate the needs of today’s audiences.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2018-2019 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit www.kimmelcenter.org.