Laughter, despair, love, friendship, teamwork, and betrayal. These are just a handful of emotions that Rent: The Musical will face you with. Creator of Rent, Jonathan Larson, successfully shows viewers the fragility and preciousness of life in this hit Broadway show. Follow Mark, Roger, Benny, Tom, and Angel as they try and make something of themselves in a testing New York City. Make sure you snag your Rent tickets on ScoreBig today!
Billy Aronson and Jonathan Larson began collaborating on an idea in 1989; and idea that encompassed the plot of Puccini’s La Boheme with the noisy setting of modern day New York. Larson knew early that he wanted the setting of his play to emphasize “amid poverty, homelessness, spunky gay life, drag queens and punk”.
Unfortunately, Larson would not live to see the impressive support and success that Rent would come to received. The morning after the final dress rehearsal before the Off-Broadway premier, Larson died from an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm. Larson’s death, along with positive reviews, became fuel for the play’s popularity, though. The show sold out all its shows during Off-Broadway performances, and quickly got moved to Broadway for its overwhelming success.
Rent would go on to win several different awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and 4 Tony Awards. The show was not only praise for its acting and music, but as well as its representation of HIV-positive individuals. Critics enjoyed the fact that HIV positive characters held an unbreakable positive outlook on life, and didn’t let their diseases hinder them emotionally. The play earned an additional 5 Drama Desk Awards in 1996, and a Grammy Award in 1997.
Cultural Impact and Legacy
A following of fans, known as “RENT-heads” formed after the creation of the play. Initially referring to people who camped out the Nederlander Theatre hours before opening to purchase discounted tickets, the term generally refers to anyone obsessed with the play. The theater offered discounted prices for the first two rows of the orchestra section 2 hours before the performance.
Rent has been referenced in other popular TV shows as well. Shows like The Simpsons, Friends, Glee, Saturday Night Live, The Office, and Supernatural have all referenced the classic play.
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