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
Did You Know?
The characters of Ali, Gordon, Pam, and Sue in the Life Support meeting are named after HIV-positive friends of writer Jonathan Larson
. The real "Ali" was Alison Gertz, a young woman who contracted HIV in the early 1980s and became well-known later in the decade as an AIDS activist. A TV movie about her life, Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story
(1992), starred Molly Ringwald as Ali. See more
When Collins is holding the long note towards the end of the musical "I'll Cover You (Reprise)," he stops short while the voice track continues on. See more