About the Musical Rent

By | Aug 12, 2011

The music Rent is back on Broadway after being absent for nearly three years. 6 things about the musical Rent was first posted on July 25, 2007 and has been slightly updated

Rent, written by Jonathan Larson is based on Giacomo Puccini’s classic 1896 opera, La Boheme. It tells the story of struggling young artists in New York’s East Village. Rent features character who are gay, lesbian,transgender, drug users, living with Aids. It opened on Broadway on April 29, 1996 and closed on September 7, 2008 after 5,124.

Larson would not live to see Rent’s true success. He died from an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm in the early morning hours of January 25, 1996.

The musical won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It also won 10 Tony awards including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best performance by leader Actor and Actress and Best Performance by featured Actor and Actress. This swept most of the major awards.

During a 365 day year, there are as the song says 525,600 minutes. On a leap year that that number increases by 1440.

The show runs 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.

In 2005 the movie version of Rent was made. Many of the actors who created the roles on Broadway reprise their parts in the movie. It was not successful ending the year as the 94th movie based on gross and did not reach its production cost. (Editor’s note: Which was a shame since in my opinion it’s a very enjoyable movie)


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