Rent: Two decades of legacy

On a perfectly ordinary January morning in 1996, New York was recovering from a crippling snow storm, and the original cast of Rent were preparing for the first downtown preview of a newly born show.

On this morning, its writer and composer, Jonathan Larson, would suffer an aortic aneurism. The show would lose its patriarch. Larson would never see critics’ rave reviews, celebrity photographs with the cast, or the legacy he left behind. He would never read pieces scattered across the internet, even years after the show left the stage.

In Larson’s honour, producers would offer $20 tickets to the front rows of the audience, making the show an accessible, human experience for the struggling artists it is so careful to protect. Larson’s spirit was never left behind, even after his death.

Rent: Two decades of legacy

Spotlight on March

It’s time to say farewell to the chills of winter at last!  We enter the season of walks-in-the-park as March begins and commence the celebrations of Spring. The month kicks off with the legendary St David’s day, every Welsh person’s favourite day of the year.  We also celebrate some of the best aspects of life, from International Women’s Day to International Puppy day… what’s not to love? Here’s a sneak peek of what you can also enjoy at Wales Millennium Centre over the next few weeks. Spotlight on March

LGBT musicals that shaped a generation

As February is LGBT History Month (http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/), we thought it appropriate to pay tribute to some of the most progressive stories from the stage. Over the last 20 years, the vibrant, activist spirit of some musicals became a staple of popular culture, weaving itself into the societal fabric of today. The influence of popular culture on public attitudes has always been formidable, and with the ability to change both hearts and minds, has played a monumental part in the transition to acceptance.

LGBT musicals that shaped a generation

Spotlight on: February

What’s not to love about February – there’s National Pizza Day, St Valentine’s Day, Random Acts of Kindness Day and Shrove Tuesday.

What’s more, we have a host of new shows and experiences to share at the Centre. Here’s our top five picks this month.

Spotlight on: February