Award-winning show on life in New York’s Village

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Rent, a show which has delighted fans and wowed critics for the last two decades, is heading out on a UK tour starting in Blackpool.

The smash-hit Tony winning Broadway musical will play for one-night only at the Opera House on Monday November 11.

It will then be performed at 14 other venues across the UK.

With big-hitting musicals Joseph, Cabaret and Blood Brothers already at the Opera House in October, landing Rent is another big boost for the Winter Gardens and the whole of the town.

The show – called Rent-20th Anniversary Concert, to celebrate two decades since its first staged performance – will feature West End leading lady and Atomic Kitten star Natasha Hamilton and runner-up of the ITV show Superstar, Rory Taylor.

The show last toured the country in April, performing 10 dates to rave reviews, and is returning for a final run due to public demand.

Set in the East Village of New York City, the musical follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the show has become a cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

“I love Rent so I am made up to be in this show,” said Hamilton, who will be playing the role of lesbian performance artist Maureen, made famous by Nicole Sherzinger and Denise Van Outen.

“She’s a great character – a little bit cheeky, flirtatious and injects some real comedy moments into the show.”

The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008 after a 12-year run of 5,124 performances, making it the ninth-longest-running Broadway show of all time. The production grossed over $280m.

A film of the musical was released in 2005 starring original Broadway cast members Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal.

lTickets for Rent-20th Anniversary Concert are on sale at www.blackpoollive.co.uk or at the box office on 0844 856 1111.