Joshua Tavares as Angel in the 20th anniversary touring production of Rent. Photo by Amy Boyle.
Joshua Tavares as Angel in the 20th anniversary touring production of Rent. Photo by Amy Boyle.

With the 20th anniversary production tour of the musical Rent set to open at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this week, Broadway Across Canada has announced $25 rush tickets for all its Vancouver performances.

The tradition of discounted tickets for Rent dates back to 1996 when the show first moved to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre. One of Broadway’s hottest tickets, producers began offering seats in the first two rows of the theatre for just $20 each.  Originally sold on a first-come-first-served basis, fans, who would become known as Rent-heads, would camp out for hours in front of the theatre to buy the tickets. The ground-breaking policy, since replicated by other Broadway shows, changed in 1997 when producers began selling tickets through an in-person lottery.

Continuing the tradition, producers of the Vancouver show have announced they will offer $25 tickets for seats in the first rows of the orchestra section. Tickets will be available for in-person purchase two hours before each performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre box office at 630 Hamilton Street. Tickets are limited to two per person.

Loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Bohème, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Rent is the story of a group of struggling artists in Manhattan’s East Village. The musical would go onto to be one of Broadway’s longest-running shows, became a movie in 2005, and most recently received national attention during a live television broadcast earlier this year.

The 20th anniversary tour of Rent plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre September 17-22. Visit vancouver.broadway.com for tickets and information.