Rent musical is based on Puccini’s work La Boheme, while music and lyrics are conceived by Jonathan Larson. Rent musical was first released in 1994 at New York Theater Workshop. The show is great and received many awards. Unfortunately, its producer, Larson, died with a night before Rent musical premiere. The musical was acclaimed on Broadway and this success brought Rent musical to many tours. In 2005, Rent musical was adapted to a motion picture that includes the same actors that acted in the musical.
Rent musical is about the life of young, but poor artists that struggle to survive and to keep their creative talents alive. Although it was inspired by Puccini’s opera, Rent musical was adapted to modern times: Paris was replaced with New York and tuberculosis with AIDS.The characters are indirect adaptations of the original opera. There are songs though taken from the original work of Puccini without any changes, so Rent musical entwines characters, settings and music trying to be something different, adapted to our days.
This great opera has two acts and includes many major and minor characters. After its release, several productions emerged and lots of tours took place all over the world. In 2010, it was directed at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles and in 2011, the show emerged again, trying to revive. This time, it was performed off-Broadway and its opening was scheduled on 11 August 2011, being directed by Michael Grief, its original director. This new version is very different from the previous ones, so the critics were not pleased with these radical changes. Rent musical older versions had a major impact on public: the song Season of Love became so successful that is performed on its own at different programs and graduations. Rent won many awards such as Tony Award For Best Musical, 1996 Pulitzer Prize For Drama, Drama Desk For Outstanding Book, Tony Award For Best Original Score: Jonathan Larson and received many important nominations.