Jonathan Larson's rock musical retelling of the “La Bohème” story, but relocated to AIDS-era East Village, New York. A penniless songwriter's love for a young woman grows even as illness begins to consume her. The poet Rodolfo is now punk rocker Roger. Tubercular Mimi is now an AIDS-infected dancer at an S&M nightclub. Painter Marcello is now aspiring filmmaker Mark Cohen, and so forth. The ending is transformed from the opera, but the theme of love striving to endure beyond all obstacles remains. Songs include “Seasons of Love,” “Without You,” “Out Tonight,” “One Song Glory,” “I'll Cover You” and “Santa Fe.”Average Rating: based on 5 votes
Show Category: Musical/Mature
|Opening:||Jul 14, 2011|
|Closing:||Sep 9, 2012|
New World Stages Stage 1
340 West 50th Street
New York, NY
Between 8th and 9th Ave.
I purchased 40% discounted tickets at the tkts booth to see Rent. I had heard good things about the show and was looking forward to seeing it even though it was a musical (and I don't enjoy traditional Broadway musicals). Unfortunately, after seeing the show, I'm still not sure what it's about. There was hardly any dialog, with the story being delivered through songs. The lyrics of songs are difficult to understand at the best of times, but trying to tell an entire story through song is even more challenging. I left the theater with only a vague idea of what had happened. I have since heard from friends that the movie is much better in this regard, and I should have watched it first.
Although the story was very difficult to follow, the songs themselves weren't that annoying. They were mostly a combination of pop/rock style, although none of them were all that catchy. They weren't as enjoyable as the music in Next To Normal. I was also surprised that I hadn't heard any of the songs before - usually when a musical is as popular as Rent, its songs are ubiquitous.
Overall, Rent wasn't a great musical, but it wasn't the worst one out there, either. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had known what it was about.
OMG What rock have you been living under? The song 525,600 Minutes?
Even my grandmother heard that.
Angel and Mimi's stories? You should see the movie.I ts totally worth it. I'm just busting your chops.
I don't care for musicals very much myself but found the story easy to understand...even back in the 1990's when it opened!
Are you from Canada? LOL
Though the current cast is not my favorite (with the exception of Annaleigh Ashford 😊) the revival of rent really takes an amazing original musical and makes it alive with its original excitement and pure amusement. -i💚BROADWAY-
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