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Seasons of Love

I'm sitting at my desk with tears in my eyes after reading an email that on June 1, 2008, after 12 years, RENT's final curtain on Broadway will close.  It was the second show I saw on Broadway (the first was Miss Saigon, which is also gone) and I know it backwards and forwards.  The story is so poignant and touching--- both the plot of the play and the story of how it came to be-- that I truly feel like mourning. 

So later tonight I'll look at my calendar and buy a ticket to see it again before it's gone forever. 

From the email:

RENT, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996 following a history-making, sold out, extended limited engagement at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop.

RENT's young creator, Jonathan Larson, never got to see his show's success, having died of an aortic aneurysm early morning on January 25, 1996 after the show's final dress rehearsal the previous evening.

RENT is the winner of 18 major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 4 Tony Awards®, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, 6 Drama Desk Awards, 3 Obie Awards and a Drama League Award.

RENT launched the careers of an incredible group of young performers, including Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, and Daphne Rubin-Vega.

Stars from the world of pop music joined the RENT cast at various times throughout its run, including Joey Fatone of 'N Sync, Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees, Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls, and Frenchie Davis and Tamyra Gray of "American Idol."



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Jan. 16th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
I would love to see it on Broadway. I have only ever seen the movie version, but I LOVE the movie. It is a classic and it will be missed.
Jan. 16th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
oh my gosh - I didn't know this - I LOVE Rent - my DH and I just saw it when adam pascal and anthony rapp returned over the summer. So sad that it's closing. End of an era.
Jan. 21st, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
Never seen it, heard the music or even knew it was a Broadway play (only heard of it being a movie and was never interested enough to go see it) What is so good about it?
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