Rent musical is one my absolute all time favorite musicals. It is a story about friendship, love, betrayal and, more importantly, hope. Jonathan Larson’s Rent musical was initially inspired from Puccini’s La Boheme, but also from his life. As depicted in the first scenes of the musical, two of the main characters, Roger and Mark, are living in scarce conditions. Not many people know this, but this is also the way that Jonathan Larson lived in New York.
The Rent Musical film describes the lives of several Bohemians and their struggles with sexuality, cross-dressing, drug abuse, paying the rent and life under the shadow of AIDS. Rent musical is heart wrenching, if you follow the drama in every character’s life, but at the same time, it is a story that brings about hope in a judgmental world. The action of Rent musical movie spans on a period of one year, from 1989 to 1990. The film also features six of the original Broadway cast members reprising their roles: Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Jesse Martin.
There are of course differences between the movie and the stage version. As in the original Rent musical, the story of the film spans the course of one year. Rent musical only stated that the action begins and on a December 24 and was meant to the present. However, the film established the setting as 1989-1990. This has created some lyrical inconsistencies. For example, Angel’s song Today 4U contains a reference to the film Thelma and Louise, which was not released until 1991, and Maureen’s song Over the Moon makes references to the Oklahoma City bombing. Many of the Rent musical Broadway songs were cut in order to make room for the dialogue and to make the plot flow more naturally. Rent Musical is an awe-inspiring story about friendship and love going beyond death. It shows that even though some persons leave our lives, that does not mean they are gone forever, but on the contrary, that they are forever within our hearts.