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Set in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera RENT tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love,"... See full summary »

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Alexi Darling / Roger's Mom / Ensemble
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Set in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera RENT tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love," these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. Written by Anonymous

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Celebrate the End of an Era at a Movie Theater Near You. See more »

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Rodney Hicks (Benjamin Coffin III) and Gwen Stewart (Mrs. Jefferson/others) are the only members from the original Broadway cast to be part of the closing cast for the show and film. Stewart returned to the cast in the same role she played in the original cast ("Mrs. Jefferson, woman with bags, and others," including the solo in "Seasons of Love"). Hicks also returned to his original cast role, in a way--when the show first opened, he had played "Paul, a cop, and others," and had also been the understudy for the role of Benjamin Coffin III, which was then usually played by Taye Diggs. See more »

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On behalf of those of us who never had the chance to see it on Broadway, THANK YOU!!
27 February 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the best DVDs I own. Having not even heard of Rent until the movie came out, I never really knew the story until 2005. It was a great idea to do the movie and an even better idea to release the final Broadway show on DVD. It is making it possible for those of us who only learned of Rent late in the game or for those of us who were too young when it came out or for those of us who don't live in or visit New York to see this amazing piece of theatre. The cast did a great job and Jonathan's beautifully written story will live on in this performance. This story is the heartwarming tale of eight friends, with various issues, including some main ones of living in poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The music is incredible and it's not all "showtunes" but rather, it is a combination of various styles, including rock, gospel and pop. It makes a statement and it warms your heart. It takes a couple watches of Rent to fully understand the story but once you do, you're captured in its magic for life.


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