Every time we do a theme week, we say it’s one of our favorite ones yet. Everything Is Rent week is no exception – whether revisiting our age-inappropriate ideas about the musical when we were 9-10 years old, or recasting it with our dream ensemble, we hold a special place in our hearts for this 20-year-old Broadway phenomenon. That’s right, kids: Rent is now older than Mimi Marquez herself.
- I Should Tell You… that when we watched Rent as tweens, we had almost no clue what was going on. Mimi’s a stripper? Angel and Collins go from “nice to meet you” to “I’ll cover you” in one evening? Minds blown.
- No Shame Playing The Fame Game… so if we want to create our Rent dream cast, we’re looking to the greatest of the greats to inhabit these roles. We’re talking Aaron Tveit, Renee Elise Goldsberry, the whole 9. (Note: we mostly eschew the OBC, because there’s no arguing that they defined the roles.)
- America, at the end of the millennium… was a lot different from America a decade and a half into the next millennium. When Rent premiered it was a modern show, so when, why, and how did it turn into a 90s period piece? The decline of answering machines is probably a piece in that puzzle.
- We rewatched the 2005 movie, and we love all things Rent but still hold a few questions, comments and concerns. Such as : how rank was that performance space, probably? And does aging the actors into their 30s change how the characters come across?
- Tiempos De Amor… is actually just as good as Seasons of Love. One of the amazing things about Rent is how a musical with such a specific setting has touched audiences around the globe. So let’s meet Korean Angel, German Maureen, and Brazilian Joanne!
- This tribute to yesterday’s ground-breaking musical (Rent) from today’s (Hamilton) has us a bit emotional.
- Catch up with the original cast and relive their memories of their auditions, performances, and friendships. Cry, again.
- Rent: eye-opener for suburban teens? Probably. But as I (Molly) remember growing up as an inner-city kid, Rent was important for a different reason: the drug pushers and grifters I saw in my everyday life were presented as real people with real stories.
- Here’s a piece about Rent being “outdated” 20 years after its release. Looking at the same facts we did, they come to a very different conclusion: we saw Rent’s very dated nature as a victory for Larsen, who wanted to create a musical that encapsulated his time; they see it as a failure.