HBO has lined up the premiere of Rent Revolution, which follows a staging of the hit musical in Cuba.
Directed by Andy Señor Jr. and Victor Patrick Alvarez, the doc sees Señor Jr. head to Cuba to direct a stage production of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent that marks the country’s first Broadway musical produced by an American company in more than 50 years. Returning to his exiled parents’ homeland, Señor Jr. embarks on a personal journey, exploring his Cuban heritage and his family’s complex relationship to the country they love.
Rent Revolution debuts June 15 at 9 p.m. in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the iconic musical’s Broadway premiere. The doc will debut on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max.
“When we began working on the production of Rent in Cuba and documenting the journey along the way, I had no idea how the story would unfold and that our documentary would end up on HBO,” said Señor, Jr. “I am beyond thrilled to share this deeply personal and magical moment in our lives and I’m grateful that Jonathan Larson’s words and music are still making such an impact, 25 years later.”
“Traveling to Cuba to make this film was incredibly challenging yet rewarding in ways I never imagined,” added Alvarez. “Rent Revolution is about creativity in the face of adversity and the healing powers of human connection.”
“Andy and I started our Rent journey together many years ago and I was proud to see him take his talents to Cuba,” commented executive producer Neil Patrick Harris. “Rent Revolution is a continuation of our journey as well as a tribute to the power of theater and its ability to transform lives.”