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Transcript of Rent
-People living in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America
Director: Chris Columbus
Writers: Stephen Chbosky (Screenplay)
Jonathan Larson (music and lyrics)
Original Music by
Rosario Dawson as Mimi
Taye Diggs as Ben Background Info:
Rent (2005) -Based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème
-Won a Tony Award for Best Musical
-Grossed over $280 million
-12-year run of 5,124 performances
-9th longest running Broadway show
-Most of the original cast members in the musical also appeared in the motion picture Rent (1994) Jonathan Larson was the playwright, composer, and lyricist for the musical production of rent.
He died suddenly just one night before the opening night on Broadway. Rent (2005): Critic Reviews
Larson, it turned out, had written a show steeped in the chiaroscuro of bright young lives amid mortal shadows, and had done so with a varied, sparkling, emotionally earnest score that seemed to meld the oil-and-water of silky American show music and ragged rock into one smooth, sweet stream.-New York Times Rent (1994) Ever since it opened in 1996, "Rent," Jonathan Larson's rock 'n' roll updating of "La Bohème," has inspired passionate adoration, as well as its share of derision. The lyrics to one of its frenetic, show-stopping songs celebrate the idea of "being an us - for once - instead of a them," and the world around "Rent" may be similarly divisible, into those whose hearts beat faster as soon as the lights go down, and those whose heads begin to ache before the first note has even sounded. -New York Times RENT Katie Pare & Liz Schwamb The musical The movie La Vie Boheme