If you entertained thoughts of seeing Rent on Broadway, at its home base in the Nederlander Theatre, you'd better plan your trip soon. The Broadway hit will close in June after a 12-year run that will make it the seventh longest running show in Broadway history. Here's the New York Times story.
Rent was beautiful for several reasons, including the bittersweet story of composer Jonathan Larson's death just before he realized his dream of composing a successful musical. But these are the two I embrace every time I see it:
~ Yes, the pop-rock musical/opera had been done by 1996, when Rent opened. But Jesus Christ Superstar and its ilk seemed distinctly rooted in the previous generation. Rent, for teens and twentysomethings of the 90s was ours, presenting issues and characters familiar to us. And many of them were so beautiful in spirit, regardless of their vices and circumstances.
~ Rent is a portal to the past. You cannot be a Renthead without knowing Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme. Sure, not everyone will follow that thread. But a lot of people -- particularly kids -- who love and are enthralled by art will.
The end of Rent's Broadway run closes a chapter in its history, but there are new ones to be written as it continues to tour and becomes available to theaters across the country.
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