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One of Broadway’s most controversial shows is headed to Grand Junction.

Although the topics of homosexuality and AIDS are no longer as contentious as they were when “Rent” debuted in 1996, the musical remains a show intended for mature audiences, due to content and language.

In the weeks ahead, Grand Valley Community Theatre will offer area residents 12 stagings of “Rent,” the rock opera based on the lives of young bohemians on the Lower East Side of New York City.

“I love, love, love this show,” said Grand Valley Community Theatre director Terri Schafer, “because this is about unconditional love. It’s about accepting everyone for who they are and why they are special.”

A local cast of some two dozen actors, ranging in ages from teenagers to adults in their late 30s, are in the show. Schafer asked her teenage participants to have parental clearance to appear in “Rent.”

Locals Dylan Cox, Donovan Hainie, Christopher Goldwaithe and Jenna Williams play leading roles.

The rights to stage “Rent,” which recently reopened off-Broadway, cost Schafer $2,800. The price tag made the local director swallow hard, but she said the price for the rights for the music and script were important for her to get in an effort to bring the edgier show to the Grand Junction stage.

It only became available within the past year, she said.

“Besides the subject matter, (‘Rent’) changed the face of music theater,” Schafer said.

A live band will perform the music.

The show, which debuted on Broadway in 1996, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as four Tony Awards, including the awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Tickets to the two-hour show are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students.

The show runs at 7:30 p.m. on:

Thursday, Aug. 25, through Saturday, Aug. 27

Friday, Sept. 2, through Sunday, Sept. 4

Thursday, Sept. 8 through Saturday, Sept. 10

Thursday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 17

Tickets are for sale at Grand Valley Community Theatre, 448 Main St., or by phone at 361-0243.


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