Rent on Broadway
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Show Quick Facts
- Most of the original Broadway cast members also starred in the feature film Rent, in 2005.
- The success of Rent on Broadway led to many national tours of the musical.
- There were a total of 5,124 performances of Rent on Broadway over its 12-year run.
New World Stages: Stage One
340 West 50th Street
New York, New York 10019
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Experience the Seasons of Love with the Cast of the Rent Musical
Features: Rent on Broadway is a powerful rock-style opera based on impoverished young neighborhood friends, addicts, artists, and musicians battling pressures of social struggle and relying on the strength of their relationships. This play, recently revived at New World Stages, addresses topics such as the influence of HIV and AIDS, poverty in the Lower East Side, and the overwhelming power of bohemian love.
Why We Go: Recently revived at New World Stages in New York City, the Rent Broadway musical was, in its original run, one of the longest-running shows in the history of Broadway. It achieved success for many reasons, including the brilliant storyline, impeccably written songs, captivating dance routines, and real-life issues brought forward through the stage.
- Character Development: The characters in the Rent musical are so beautifully developed that audience members are able to grasp their backgrounds and become emotionally connected to each individual friendship, love story, and struggle.
- Set Design: For this play, the New World Stage has been transformed into an artful version of the East Village, adorned in cheetah-print fabrics, graffiti-covered walls, and impoverished apartment buildings.
- Award-Winning Performance: Rent the Broadway show won an astounding 10 Tony Awards, 10 Drama Desk Awards, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and a World Theater Award in 1996. The incredible talent that went into the creation, production, and delivery of Rent on Broadway was outstanding and well-received.
Inside Knowledge: Jonathan Larson wrote the music and lyrics for the Rent musical, inspired by the Giacomo Puccini opera La Boheme. Larson was well-known for capturing issues of homophobia, multi-cultural discrimination, and other pressing social issues in his works, and was personally connected to the characters in Rent. He spent seven years working on the Rent Broadway musical and died of an aortic aneurysm the night of the dress rehearsal, before the show's opening performance in 1996.
Do's and Don'ts:
- Do Enjoy the Songs: The heart of Rent on Broadway lies in the undeniably powerful lyrics in the catchy songs. The musical won two Drama Desk Awards dedicated to the incredible music - Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics.
- Do Rock-Out: Although the storyline focuses on sentimental losses, physical and social hardships, and the ups and downs of love, the vibe of the Rent Broadway musical is edgy and rock-inspired. The songs and choreography reflect this with funky beats and bohemian costume designs added to the rock attitude portrayed.
- Don't Forget Tissues: The emotional connections between the characters on stage, as well as the relation of audience members to characters, are often incredibly strong, and many viewers of the Rent musical shed tears during the performance. Don't forget tissues.
- Don't Fear the Subject Matter: Themes of AIDS, homosexuality, multi-racial relationships, poverty, and drugs are mature subjects, but the message behind the Rent Musical revolves around love and equality above all else. Creators of Rent on Broadway urge audiences to take a chance and experience how powerful love can be, rather than being afraid of real-life issues.