The Carnegie to Bring RENT Alive on Stage

TC_Rent logoProduction to run June through August as part of The Carnegie’s Repertory Format Programming

COVINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2022) – It has won numerous awards and became the unofficial soundtrack to a generation whose voice was begging to be heard… And now, RENT will take the stage at The Carnegie this June and will run through August.

Set at the end of the 1990s in New York City’s East Village, RENT is a story about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Based loosely on Puccini’s 1896 opera “La Boheme,” RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians all trying to make their way as the HIV/AIDS crisis looms in the shadows.

A pop culture phenomenon soon after its debut, RENT features a litany of memorable songs that resonates with audiences of all ages. The Carnegie’s production of RENT honors the playwright/lyricist Jonathan Larson’s musical legacy, featuring favorites like “Seasons of Love,” “Out Tonight” and “La Vie Boheme” that will have audiences singing along from beginning to end.

“RENT continues to be a captivating, compelling production due to all the qualities that made it a hit in the first place: A great, socially relevant story, dynamic characters and songs that are as poignant as they are powerful,” said The Carnegie Theatre Director, Maggie Perrino. “We are thrilled to bring RENT to The Carnegie stage and look forward to our audiences falling in love with the production as so many others have before them.”

RENT joins The Carnegie’s productions of INTO THE WOODS and GEORGE REMUS as part of The Carnegie’s 2022-23 Summer Series in Repertory Format. Performances of each production will be offered at specific times throughout the summer to offer guests multiple opportunities to see each show. The 22-23 season will conclude with the family-friendly production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN in January.

The Carnegie will host eight performances of RENT on the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, July 16, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 17, 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 24, 3 p.m.
  • Friday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 26, 7:30 p.m.

Content Advisory: Production includes sexual content, adult themes and language. Not appropriate for children under 13. 

RENT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 

The Carnegie Summer Theatre Series is presented by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support for the Summer Theatre Series comes from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet.

Single tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940 between noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or online at Tickets range from $25-$32 for RENT.

Want to guarantee yourself tickets to some of the best entertainment on either side of the Ohio River? Subscriptions for the Summer Theatre Series are also available for $84 ($81 for Carnegie Members). Subscribers can add the winter family friendly show for $28 or $27 for Carnegie Members. Learn more at

For the safety of guests and staff, The Carnegie continues to monitor and update its COVID-19 policies. Updated safety precautions will be announced closer to the opening of the Summer Theatre Series and will follow local health department protocols.

CAST (Name/Role)

  • August Bagg – Mark
  • Jackson Reagin – Rodger
  • Jamal Stone – Angel
  • Sean Polk – Collins
  • Sarah Jane Nelson – Maureen
  • Julia Schick – Joanne
  • Ranease Brown – Mimi
  • Jared Roper – Benny
  • Tyler Martin – Ensemble
  • Julia Brosas – Ensemble
  • Madison Mosley – Ensemble
  • Eliza Levy – Ensemble
  • Nick Pattarini – Ensemble 


  • Director/Choreographer- Eric Byrd
  • Music Director- Steve Goers
  • Dramaturg/Sensitivity Coordinator- Darnell Pierre Benjamin
  • Assistant Dramaturg/Sensitivity Coordinator- Evelyn Deaton
  • Stage Manager- Carissa Gandenberger
  • Assistant Stage Manager- Michael Hamburg
  • Scenic Designer- Tyler Gabbard
  • Costume Designer- Cat Schmeal Swope
  • Sound Designer- Avery Reynolds
  • Lighting Designer- Kristen Peck
  • Technical Director- Doug Stock
  • Producer- Maggie Perrino
  • Interns- Sophie Reece, Katherine DeBoor, Regan Utrup 

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About The Carnegie Theatre Series
The Carnegie Theatre Series produces professional, innovative stagings of an eclectic range of theatrical works. Striving to unite the greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati theatre community through partnerships and collaborations, the series engages and nurtures both emerging and established talent, including working professionals, committed part-time theatre artists, university performing arts students and younger students. The Carnegie Theatre Series productions bring together these forces to provide quality theatre for Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area.  

About The Carnegie
The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030. 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati International Wine Festival, City of Covington, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the City of Covington. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.


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