In 1996, a rock musical changed Broadway. Rent features original music from what was once an unknown composer, Jonathan Larson. It became a Broadway staple and connects with audiences of all ages around the world. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award and now in its 22nd year, Rent comes to Billings for just one night. Instilled with a message of hope and joy, it’s a story of friendship and love.

Get your tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show at the Alberta Bair Theater. Located in downtown Billings at 2801 3rd Avenue N, it’s a chance to experience the beauty of this historical theater. It’s been part of the thriving Billings cultural scene for over 80 years. Originally The Fox Theater in 1931, it opened to a short parade and live dance complementing a motion picture. However, the theater has evolved over the decades.

A Night at the Theater

The theater is decked out in art deco styling with golden chandeliers. Originally financed by 20th Century Fox Corporation, it holds the title of the last art deco theater in the country. Designed by Robert C. Reamer, it’s hosted the Billings Symphony and Chorale. Performers including Dizzy Gillespie, George Winston and Ray Charles have graced the stage.

The theater is available to rent for special occasions, and you can always keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events. Also in January is Bela Fleck and Brooklyn Rider on January 21st at 7 p.m. Get a taste of history and enjoy one of the biggest, most renowned Broadway plays in history during your Billings stay.