One of the most successful live rock musicals of all time is Jonathan Larson’ Rent musical. The story develops around a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive disease and life in New York Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/Aids. Jonathan Larson found inspiration for Rent Musical in Puccini’s La Boheme. After the official launch of the modern opera, Rent Musical had a cultural impact unequalled by other musicals
The opening song of Rent Musical, Seasons of Love became a successful pop song and at public events it is performed on its own. Because of its connection with New Years and looking back at times past, Season of Love is sometimes performed at graduations or school holiday programs. Over the years, this wonderful Broadway musical has gathered many fans, who called themselves Rent-heads. The name derives from people gathering and camping outside the Nederlander Theatre, who wanted to benefit from the rush tickets. However, the term refers to anyone who is obsessed with Rent Musical.
Rent Musical has won many acclaimed awards and ran for more than ten years. In 2005, director Chris Columbus decided to transpose the musical into a movie. With the exception of Daphne Rubin Vega and Fredi Walker, who played Mimi and Joanne, the rest of the Rent Musical Broadway original cast reprised the original roles. Mimi was played by Rosario Dawson and Joanne by Traci Thorns. Rent Musical the movie was a box office hit and remained in top ten for three weeks. Chris Columbus changed a few elements in order to make Rent Musical, the movie, more appealing. He introduced several lines of dialogue and transformed some of the songs in spoken lines. Due to its high acclaims and success, Rent Musical has become the seventh longest running Broadway musical ever. If you have the chance to see it, it will be a unique experience you will never forget. Rent Musical teaches a lesson in love, fight and overcoming all obstacles.