Fox's live performance Rent The Broadway musical that has ushered in a new age of pop rock music on the Great White Way is finally here. The uplifting message of rock opera still hits the entire audience. Before you rock the live version, you should study these facts about the original piece.
. 1 The story of Rent began with the playwright Billy Aronson, who moved to the Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan in 1983. Homelessness was a major problem in the city at that time, as was the onset of AIDS, which would affect new victims by the end of 1096. One night Aronson had a performance of La Boheme . Written by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, the opera is a masterpiece in four acts about a group of destitute, starving artists in 1
9th-century Paris. The four main characters share a crowded living space that sometimes becomes so cold that they have to burn their own works for warmth. To make matters worse, her city has fallen victim to an angry tuberculosis epidemic. Nevertheless, the artists find camaraderie in their fight.
"I remember going home … and seeing the contrast between the lush world of the opera and the world in which I lived," Aronson told Mediander. Soon he came up with the idea to adapt La Boheme to a musical that plays in New York during the AIDS crisis. Many plot points in Rent Mirror La Boheme including the relationship between Mimi and Roger (in Puccini's opera comes much of the drama of Rodolfo, a poet, and his rocking affair with a poor woman named Mimi, who eventually dies of tuberculosis) and Angel's decision to kill a disgusting dog for money (in 19459003 La Boheme earns a character much-needed money by dismantling an annoying parrot). 19659002] 2. Billy Aronson delivered the first lyrics for three of the most popular songs of Rent .
"I love to work with musicals and dance, but I do not write music," said Aronson. To help with his project La Boheme the writer turned to some acquaintances in the Playwrights Horizons theater, who linked him to Jonathan Larson, the composer (and part-time waiter). Ultimately, other projects drove Aronson to leave the show behind. Larson, whom he believed might be the answer of his generation to Hair also stopped working on it for a while, but he eventually came back with the blessing of his former co-worker. However, before the two separate paths Aronson wrote the first lyrics to "Santa Fe", "I Should Tell You" and the title song "Rent."
. Aronson wrote that off-Broadway to his website premiere, he asked Larson what was left of his work. Larson replied, "The lyrics for" Rent "were essentially his, the lyrics for" Santa Fe "were essentially mine, and the lyrics for" I Should Tell You "were half and half."
. 3 "I will?" was inspired by something that Jonathan Larson heard at a meeting of the HIV / AIDS support group.
While working on Rent Larson regularly attended meetings of a charitable group called Friends In Deed, which was founded in 1991 as a support group for New Yorkers with AIDS and other life-threatening conditions. The discussions that Larson observed there led him to "Life Support" and "Will I?" To write. According to organization founder Cynthia O'Neal, Jonathan said, "Jonathan had been sitting there one night when a young man raised his hand." The man said, "I'm not afraid of dying, and I think I can handle suffering, but I always think about losing my dignity?"
. 4 To play a role, Adam Pascal had to break a bad singing habit.
Pascal played Roger Davis, a musician and ex-junkie with HIV. Although he has never performed in a musical before venturing for Rent the performer – like his character – had an impressive rock and roll background. He had spent many years in bands, including one that had recently disbanded. But things that work well at concerts do not always do it on off-stage stages. During the audition, he was asked to sing "Your Eyes," Roger's tender love ballad. Although the vocalist voiced every note, there was a big problem: he could not keep his eyes open (19459003). "As a rock singer, I used to close my eyes when I was feeling emotions," Pascal wrote in retrospect. Obviously, this technique was unsuitable for acting. Pascal fixed the problem and landed the role.
. 5 The producers saw a workshop performance and offered to finance it even before they saw Act II.
An early version of Rent was performed in March 1993 at the New York Theater Workshop as a stage performance. One year later, a new workshop production was staged with a completely revised script. This proto Rent ran for two weeks; Towards the end of the race, production partners Jeffrey Seller and Kevin McCollum looked to see the show. Larson's musical was still very much in the works. "For the first 20 minutes, I thought," I do not know what's going on, but there's a lot of energy, "McCollum told Vulture. Then, after 25 minutes, "Light My Candle" happens. "The producers could not believe their ears." I turned to Jeffrey and said, "This is the best piece I've seen in a long time," recalls McCollum. During the break, the duo Larson found that they wanted "Well," Larson replied, "would you like to see the second act?"
Vendor and McCollum later brought their partner Allen Gordon as the third producer. After numerous revisions Rent was ready for the first official preview.
. 6 Larson no longer saw the success of Rent
. On January 24, 1996 Rent The final dress rehearsal took place at the New York Theater Workshop, an off-Broadway venue. After all, the run went well, and thereafter Larson sat wn for an interview with the New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini. When her discussion was over, the composer went back to his apartment in Greenwich Village. The next day, Larson was found dead on the kitchen floor; he had succumbed to a deadly aortic aneurysm. He was only 35 years old.
Rent had his very first preview performance this evening. With a heavy heart, the cast decided to take the stage in his memory. It was a performance like no other. The doors were closed to the general public; Every available space was reserved for Larson's friends and family. Together, the performers decided that there would be no choreography or blockage – instead, everyone sat in front of the audience for a full search. But during the night the actors became more and more energetic. "When we got to 'La Vie Boheme', we could not handle ourselves any longer," said Wilson Jermaine Heredia, who played Angel, in the documentary No Day But Today – The Story of Rent . For the rest of the evening, the entire company danced and blocked with enthusiasm.
. 7 Rent is in an elite class, winner of an award.
With the improvised commemoration behind them, the actors appeared on January 26 in their first public preview. In April Rent made the leap to Broadway, where it would remain for the next 12 years. Overall, Larson's Passion Project won four Tony Awards, including the coveted Best Musical. It also took home the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, something that only eight other musicals ( Of Thee I Sing South Pacific Fiorello !, How To Can Be A Successful Business Without Really A Chorus Line Sunday in the Park with George Alongside Normal and Hamilton ] has ever won.
8th It was the pioneer of the Broadway ticket lottery.
For many it can be difficult to see a show on the Great White Way without breaking the bank – but nowadays most Broadway productions offer daily ticket lotteries before a performance, with the winners getting the right to vote Rent is credited with inventing this concept.
According to the seller, he and McCollum felt the need to rent for those "in their 20s and 30s, Künstle rn, Bohemia – to make accessible. the people for whom [Larson] wrote the show. "After the musical moved to Broadway, the producers set up a rush-ticket system, selling two rows of Premium seats for $ 20 each time, with the process starting two hours before the show and the tickets being sold Distributed on the basis of the first-come-first-serve distribution.
Soon after, huge ranks of hardcore fans (known as "rentheads") began to form, rushing to the theater after rushing To defeat, many people pitched their tents and camped on the street, of course there were some concerns. "We were worried that children could be injured in the middle of the night, where there is still a fairly large contingent of low-life patients The show ended with replacing their ticket noise with Broadway's very first ticket lottery system, which has since become an industry standard, even though modern shows tend to dig their lottery tickets lead valley.
. 9 The original cast sang "Seasons of Love" at the 1996 Democratic National Convention.
On the first day of the convention – August 26, 1996 – the ensemble sang First Lady Hillary Clinton and an admiring Chicago audience with Rent ] most famous number. One year later, the first family celebrated Chelsea Clinton's 17th birthday when she took her to a Broadway performance of Rent . The 42nd Commander-in-Chief later described the musical as "really powerful, it has a right feel for the people."
10th Martin Scorsese was considered a potential director for the 2005 film adaptation.
As the salesman who co-produced the film, The Washington Post said, "Scorsese admired the play, but did not know where to go In the end, it was Chris Columbus of Mrs. Doubtfire who took over the chairmanship of the director.
. 11 The Occupation of Hamilton celebrated the 20th anniversary of Rent with its own rendition of "Seasons of Love"
"when you lived in America at the end of the millennium, du you are not alone. " Tonight we honor Rent after 20 years. pic.twitter.com/1hYUxei6jP
– Hamilton (HamiltonMusical) April 29, 2016
Hamilton Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda came with this musical paradigm shift to the age of 17 years old when he saw him on his birthday. For the future star it was a life changing event. Miranda said that Larson's music immediately "sparked a revelation" that you could write about now, and you could have musicals that really feel contemporary.
In 2016, the cast of Hamilton celebrated the 20th anniversary of Rent by performing a version of "Season of Love".
An earlier version of this article appeared in 2016.