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Win tickets to 20th anniversary tour of ‘RENT’ plus dinner at Cosmo

You can win two tickets to opening night of the national tour of  “RENT” (7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, Saroyan Theatre). And there’s more! The winner also will receive dinner for two at the wonderful Cosmopolitan Tavern & Grill, conveniently located adjacent to the convention center — and free parking for the evening. (Thanks, Cosmo and Broadway in Fresno, for the prizes.)

This 20th anniversary tour is the same that will be playing in San Francisco and Los Angeles later in the year.

The contest is open only to members, donors and individual sponsors of The Munro Review. Tax-deductible memberships start at $5 a month, and you can make a one-time donation of as little as $3. (Paid memberships help keep the site running, and paid members get special members-only benefits. Please consider a paid membership in support of independent, local arts journalism.) A free membership option is available. For details on how to join, go to the Membership and Sponsorship page. No purchase, donation or membership is necessary to enter the ticket giveaway.

To enter this giveaway, leave a reply on this post (see below) answering this question: If you’ve seen “RENT” before, what’s your most lasting memory of the experience? (Or you can just tell us why you want to go to the show.)  Deadline to enter is 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. The winner will be picked at random and notified by email.

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Comments (47)

  • Karan Johnson

    I saw Rent in NYC so many years ago that I can’t remember anything about it. I do remember going by myself, since the GF I was staying with had no interest in it.

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  • Stephen

    I went to NYC, dying to see it on Broadway, and local star Sharon Leal was in it! It was amayyyzing!

    Next night I check out Jekyl and Hyde and hated it, so I left at intermission and went back for the second act of RENT…and Daphne Rubin Vega was DRUNK! She could barely walk, let alone sing. I’m so glad I saw it flawlessly the night before, so Daphne’s drunk act was actually comical to me.

    Unfortunately I never got to see Sharon as Mimi on Broadway (she was the understudy and filled in often). When RENT came to San Francisco, the awesome Erika Munoz was in it (she played Mary Magdalene in JC Superstar for me at the Tower Theatre – all these great local connections!).

    I love RENT and I’m crossing my fingers on this contest!

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  • Jay parks

    Most lasting memory? La Vie Boheme at the end of act 1.

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  • Cleo Bauer

    We would love to see a professional performance of the ground breaking play. And dinner at Cosmos is a super bonus !!

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  • Robert Rodriguez

    I have never seen RENT before. I love the theater, but for some reason I have never seen this one. I’d love the opportunity to see it this time around.

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  • Afraid rent us one show I’ve yet to see but would love to see it and take my friend who helps me with my handicap son.. I post to various organizations what is happening around town in live theater. In fact you asked to be included on the distribution list. Thank you

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  • Emily A

    Only seen the movie version, but, so moving!

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  • Juan G.

    Love RENT, but I’ve never seen it live. Glad this tour is coming through Fresno!

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  • Janet Mills

    Loved the movie and would love to see it on dtage

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  • I haven’t seen Rent. How great to have the opportunity in Fresno. And dinner at Cosmo-super!

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  • Elizabeth Evans

    Haven’t seen Rent before but I’d love too!

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  • Peter

    I fell in love with Rent when it first came out, and have been a fan since. I saw it for the first time on Thanksgiving Night in NYC back in 2000, and then again saw the last tour with Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal in LA maybe 10 years ago or so. Meeting the two of them after the show and seeing just how genuinely humble and kind Adam was was really inspiring and nice to see. Anthony seemed to be just going through the routine and moved as fast as he could – but Adam took the time for photos and autographs.

    Would love to see another production of the show , it’s always been one that meant a lot to me.

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  • Phyllis Mayer

    I have seen the movie, but not the play on stage. I would enjoy seeing the play and how it is staged. I have a CD of the movie and it brings back the great dancing, acting and choreography by a great group.

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  • Danielle Seaberg

    I have never seen the live show but I have seen the movie many times and listened to the soundtrack so many times on cd that I scratched it so it wouldn’t play. I would love to finally see it on stage!

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  • Paige Addington

    It has been a few years but what stands out is the stage and it’s simple but very moving set. There was so much power in the dark lines. My other memory was Seasons of Love.. one of my all time favorite hearty pieces of music.

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  • One of my favorite plays. Saw it on Broadway would love to see it again.

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  • Javier cabrera

    I’ve never seen RENT. I would love to win to experience this amazing show.

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  • Silvia Fisher

    Never got a chance to see RENT, would love to win this 😊. The dinner at Cosmos is a plusy

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  • John

    I have never seen “Rent” would love to see it when it comes to town.

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  • Christina wyneken

    I have never seen it, so this would be a treat!

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  • juliaprieto

    Rent is my favorite musical. This show really resonated to me with the theme of unity and friendship. It’s a beautifully love story and truly means a lot to so many people!!! Viva, la vie boheme:)

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  • Ernie Garcia

    A memory I have of RENT is seeing a friend of mine play the lead in a production. It was so cool!

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  • Tamara Dent

    I seem to always be missing the chance to see Rent onstage. It would be a delight to see this production! Thank you for the chance.

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  • Madeline Lynes

    Would love to see Rent. I have never seen it.

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  • Linda Ramirez

    Never saw it. Would love too. Always enjoy a good play. Cosmos is great too. Eat there for lunch often.

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  • Jeanine King

    I listened to the soundtrack so many times I felt as if I had seen Rent on stage when in fact I had not. But I did see the movie when it was released. So I would be more than grateful to see a live performance here in Fresno. And a Cosmo dinner beforehand would certainly be a terrific addition to a memorable evening.

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  • Zeke

    Haven’t seen Rent performed live—I enjoy the soundtrack and would love to see it.

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  • John & MAUREEN Hayes

    We have always loved the movie and it’s concept. The sad death of the writer at such a young age just melds with the whole play. Thought Idena Menzel singing and acting were wonderful. Actually we felt that all the cast were leads!

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  • Caty Perez

    Saw it on Broadway on our honeymoon!

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  • Erick.rozigas

    I have not seen rent live yet! I love the themes, songs, and overall production.

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  • Melheyl

    I have never had the opportunity to see Rent live, only the film, but the music moves me every time I hear it, which is why I want to see it! Angel is one of my favorite characters in any show!

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  • Iris Badillo

    Haven’t see Rent before so this would be an awesome opportunity! 🙂

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  • Jacob Wilson

    I saw RENT on the last leg of the tour in bakersfield! Such an amazing show. Would love to go again

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  • kkwilson55

    I have never seen RENT before and would love the opportunity

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  • Steven montalvo

    As a member of actors equity (dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and director) i left part of my heart, spirit and soul in New York. While my broadway contract was just shy of achieving, I made the choice to came home to take care of my ill parents who suffer from kidney failure and arthritis. Being in a small town of Kerman, the artist in me misses the opportunities of walking down the street to see a show that usually changed my life.
    I’ve seen the show and I was called to audition many times to play angel, and was told I wasn’t ethnic looking enough to play the role. My every part of being as an artist is being is represented in this show and I would love the chance to see the show again in Fresno, to feel like I just took the “A” train downtown in my theater attire.
    Live in house, I’ll be your castle. Just pay me back with one thousand kisses Fresno!!! Thank you Munroreview for all that you do and this awesome contest!

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  • Fae Kokke

    I have never seen Rent, but would love to see it. I’ve heard about it for years and think it would be very memorable. Thanks for giving away tickets!

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  • Kelly

    I have never seen it live but would love to have the chance.

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  • Allison

    I was lucky enough to see Rent last time it came to the Saroyan. I always enjoy when the cast sings “Seasons of Love.”

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  • Katie Osle

    I’ve never gotten to see RENT performed live!

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  • Lisa Ovalle

    I haven’t seen Rent before but really would like to see it. It is infamous as one of the plays that define theater ans I’m excited for it be showing in locally.

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  • Teresa Castillo

    I love RENT and the song, Seasons of Love! I haven’t seen it in Broadway, but have the movie version. I saw it live performance/sing along show in LA 10+ years ago where the actress playing Mini put glitter in her hair so when she danced & flipped her head and hair, a spray of gold glitter enveloped her. It was a great effect.

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  • Jennifer

    The only time I’ve seen it live was when California Arts did it years ago.

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  • Rpotts2309

    I first saw the play in high school and was absolutely mesmerized by it. I wanted to be in the show so badly and still do! It was the first show that really showed my how beautiful and gripping and real musical theatre could be.

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  • Teresa

    I am a long term survivor (33 yrs) and so is my daughter (23 yrs)… We know all the songs, and my whole family has wanted to see this musical forever!

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  • Kaila7077

    I’ve never had the chance to see Rent before!! It would be an amazing experience!!

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  • Amy Roberts

    I’d love to see it live!

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  • Eireen

    I’ve never seen the show live before!

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