This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. Written by
The original Broadway production of "Rent" opened at the Nederlander Theater on April 29, 1996, ran for 5123 performances, making it the ninth longest running show on Broadway (February 2013), and won the 1996 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book and Score. Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal recreated their stage roles in the movie version. Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Idina Menzel all received nominations for the 1996 Tony Awards for Best Actor, Actress, and Featured Actress in a Musical, respectively. Wilson Jermaine Heredia was the only member of the original cast to win a Tony, winning the 1996 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. See more »
In the beginning of La Vie Boheme when Mark sings "Dearly beloved, we gather here to say our goodbyes", Maureen is seen with both her hands under her chin, but when the shot changes, both arms are down in front of her on the table. See more »
Mark, Angel, Maureen, Roger, Collins, Benjamin Coffin III, Mimi:
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes - how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love... seasons of love.
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I saw 'Rent' at a screening on Nov.12. I had seen the stage version both in NYC with the original cast as well as in LA with a different cast. The music and story has been echoing in my head for the past 10 years. So I was bound to be critical, but determined to be open-minded as this was going to be a film, not a stage musical. Chris Columbus did a wonderful job in preserving the message and feelings Jonathan Larson I think wanted people to take away with them. The changes made to bring this story to the screen were artfully accomplished. The film is gritty and sad and has a feeling of hopelessness that was difficult to transmit in a stage venue. The music that made it into the film is spectacular, and the soundtrack is indeed better than the OBC recording. The loss of several songs, though at first disappointing, works in the context of the movie. I hope all you fellow 'Rentheads' give this film the chance it deserves. I will be in the theater on opening day next week to see it again for sure.
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