Some question school's judgment in staging 'Rent'

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The musical "Rent" won a Tony Award for Best Musical during its 12-year run on Broadway. It was also made into a popular movie.

The story is about young, gay and impoverished artists and musicians struggling and trying to survive in 1980s New York City under the shadow of AIDS.

But when Judge Memorial High School announced it would stage the play, some wondered if it's appropriate for a young audience.

The principal at Judge says his school's mission is not just to bring students to God and teach them academics.

"But also to help them become wonderful global citizens, reaching out to all citizenry in the world no matter what their belief system, no matter what their lifestyle, no matter who they are," Principal Rick Bartman says.

Barton says the Judge Memorial musical is what's called a high school and age-approved version. He says issues like homosexuality, AIDS and homelessness are already things that young people know about.

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