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At the District’s National Theatre, ‘Rent’ is Due

With an unforgettable story, a cadre of characters who have etched their way into our hearts and minds and a musical score which soars to incomparable heights with songs that include the soulful “Seasons of Love,” the original rock musical “Rent” prepares for its return to the National Theatre with its 20th anniversary tour production.

The musical, the fourth production in the Theatre’s current Broadway at the National season, takes to the stage by popular demand, Nov. 12 – 17.

“Rent,” winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Musical (1996), burst on the scene in 1996 – an original rock musical creatively crafted by a composer destined to make his mark on Broadway. Even 20 years later, Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” still has the power to take us along an incredible journey – one incredible year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams and holdfast to joy and hope even when fear threatens to consume them.

Evan Ensign restages the tour with a creative team that includes several original Broadway creatives contributing their skills in choreography, costume design and music supervision and show-stopping, stellar cast.

For tickets or more information, go to www.TheNationalDC.com or call 800-514-3849. The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

D. Kevin McNeir – Senior Editor

Dominic Kevin McNeir is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of service for the Black Press (NNPA). Prior to moving East to assist his aging parents, the native Detroiter engineered a transformation of The Miami Times resulting in its being named the NNPA’s “Publication of the Year” in 2011 – just one of several dozen industry-related awards he’s earned in his career. He currently serves as senior editor for The Washington Informer. There, in the heart of the U.S. Capitol, he displays a keen insight for developing front-page news as it unfolds within the greater Washington area, capturing the crucial facts and facets of today’s intriguing, political arena. He has degrees from The University of Michigan, Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2020, he received First Place for Weekly Newspaper, Commentary & Criticism, Society of Professional Journalists, Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter. Learn more about him at www.dkevinmcneir.com, Facebook – Kevin McNeir, Twitter - @mcneirdk, Linkedin – D. Kevin McNeir or email: mcneirdk@washingtoninformer.com.

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