Hey everyone! Last night I went to see Rent, the musical, off-Broadway, and I'm very excited to talk about it. I really loved the show!
Rent (often stylized as RENT) is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. (More information here.)
There's a movie based on the musical, and I had watched it before going to see the actual Broadway show. I really enjoyed it, especially because it's based on the East Village, where I currently live and it was quite shocking to see how it was a couple decades ago.
One of the thinks I like the most about Rent is that it covers many issues in just one show. There's friendship, love, social issues, poverty, AIDS, relationships... and all wrapped in the New York City's Bohemian times.
Here are a couple of videos from the movie, see the trailer and Mimi (one of the lead characters) singing "Out Tonight". They're actually the original cast of the musical on Broadway and they are all really talented!
I saw the show at the New World Stages theater. It's smaller than the ones I've seen in Broadway, but don't be fooled by the size. The show was still amazing. Moreover, we got a great discount and payed about 50 bucks for premium seats. It's hard to see the performers as close as I saw them!
If you want to get more information about the show or even check out a few clips from the actual montage, visit the official website here: http://www.siteforrent.com/.
I definitely recommend this one and, if you have the chance, check the movie as well! I'm really happy I got to see it and I'm sure I'll repeat the experience again. Have a good one!