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Did You Ever See Rent on Broadway?

Sad news coming from New York's Nederlander Theater today: Broadway musical Rent is closing after a 12-year run. The last performance will take place June 1. Opening in the spring of 1996, Rent enjoyed immediate and explosive success with both critics and audiences, despite (or perhaps because of) the story's focus on AIDS, drug addiction, and poverty.

I was one of those crazy, obsessed fans when the musical first opened, traveling into the city with my high-school friends to get cheap tickets to the show several times. We'd even wait around afterward for glimpses of the actors emerging from the Nederlander. Later we followed their careers, from Anthony Rapp's solo album to Taye Diggs appearing on Ally McBeal and Jesse L. Martin getting his gig on Law & Order.

Did you ever see Rent on Broadway? What are your fondest Rent memories?


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bwalden9 bwalden9 8 years
I saw in off broadway in the movies when they brought it here to augusta georgia. My mom and I had a great time. We thought the music was wonderful. The cast did a great job as well.
piraterie piraterie 9 years
Never saw it on Broadway, but I've seen the tour a few times (saw it twice last year, actually, two days apart, in two different cities - the second time was completely unplanned, but I just loved the cast so much I had to go again). I really love the show; I remember back when it was new when I first saw anything from it and how new and fresh and amazing it seemed. I think the show gets a lot of crap - and some of it deserved - for various reasons, but it definitely has influenced where Broadway has gone since it opened. And I think it's easy to forget the impact it had back then when it doesn't seem so new and fresh and amazing anymore. I think closing now is a good decision, but I'll miss it anyway.
jgulli3 jgulli3 9 years
Love love love Rent!
khigg khigg 9 years
Such a fun musical, utterly entertaining. When I saw it Drew Lachey was playing one of the leads.
liz26111 liz26111 9 years
I saw it once in NYC and did not like it at all. I do not get what is such a big deal about it.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
That's why I bought the movie. I know it's not the same and not as good, but it's what will keep it alive!!!
LoracNJ LoracNJ 9 years
I saw it in '98 on Broadway and then I was lucky enough to see it again in London in '98 when it first opened up. The London cast had all the guys from the original Broadway cast in it so that was even better for me.
Leanne1078 Leanne1078 9 years
Rent had a huge effect on my life, it's story truly moves me. Even the story of the writer, Jonathan Larson, is amazing. I had so much fun meeting people in the "line" for the cheap tickets, it was just a great experience all around. And Adam Pascal's voice does something to me that I can't even describe...I saw him in Aida as well, he is just incredible.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
It was my first Broadway show. Loved it.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Whoops! Hit the post key! (Hope I didn't sub too!) Anywho..I love Rent and it's sad to see it go. I've loved La Boheme since I was young and was excited when this came out. Jonathan did a great job. As for the poster who complained about high school theater kids singing this stuff....well....they tend to sing a lot of the popular many of my friends were singing Lex Mis and Phantom stuff it wasn't even funny! So was I..but still. =p Yah it gets old, but if the story is there...well, then it doesn't matter too much at least for me.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Touring, yes. Broadway, not yet. I will definitely be making plans to see this before it leaves the Broadway stage!
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 9 years
I will never forget feeling some kind of spray on my head and at intermission realizing that the person behind me had thrown up all over me. I stood up and everyone behind me was pointing at me. That is my lasting memory of rent.
Wicked Wicked 9 years
No! I'm so saddened by this because I've never seen it on Broadway. I know it hasn't been doing very well lately. The songs are beautiful and the musical itself has a great message. Congratulations on the great run though.
TASTEthiss TASTEthiss 9 years
This saddens me. I loveeee rent. i live in new york so of course ive seen it on broadway. its one of my favorites! i hope they bring back the original cast one last time. tried for the 10th anniversay but no such luck. i would love to see them all together!!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Yuck. This is what every musical theatre geek at my high school was singing. The time has come to lay this show to rest.
verily verily 9 years
Nope, I've seen many musicals on Broadway, but not that one. I wouldn't either because I HATED the movie. Loved the music, but didn't like the overall storyline.
musiclvr224 musiclvr224 9 years
I have never seen it on Broadway but I would have loved to. I have not seen it off-broadway either but I have seen the movie and I enjoyed the movie a lot.
indreams8318 indreams8318 9 years
WAAAAAH!!! i never had a chance to see it, and as the poor student i California....i don't think i ever will. *sniff* i did get to see an off broadway when it came to san jose and i have seen the movie more times than i can count. to help with your RENT fix i recoment anthony's autobiography. it is sooo good! it also gives a really good look on the backstory of RENT.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I saw it with my friends once in San Francisco, and I also saw the movie. It's a really great show, one of my top 5 favorite Broadway shows.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
I agree with miss-britt that the guest stars are starting to overshadow the power of the show itself. It's wonderful that so many people are still going to see it, but I'm afraid that the "star power" that's ruining a lot of Broadway shows has destroyed some of Rent's "street cred" as an edgy, off-kilter piece of theatre and made it just another way to see American Idol cast-offs and former boy band members try to remain relevant. (Note: I actually did see Idol's Constantine in a touring version of the show in LA before Idol. I remember thinking, "Wow, for one a Roger that looks like a rock star . . . too bad he's not that good.")
starturtle44 starturtle44 9 years
It was the reason for my first trip to NYC. Got me hooked on seeing live theater and traveling. Loved it!
AggieGirl2011 AggieGirl2011 9 years
aww this is so sad!! I love RENT! I saw it on Broadway once, it was awesome.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
no - i've never been able to make it to see the show and now that it's closing i really have to make the effort. at least i'm here in NYC and can TRY to get tickets. otherwise the movie will have to do it for me
Shanabbey1215 Shanabbey1215 9 years
No I have not seen it on Broadway, it has been to Minneapolis a few times. But it is on my list of musicals I want to see, and more importantly it is a musical that I want to take my daughters to. We all have seen the movie, and they both love the music.
isobelstevens isobelstevens 9 years
I've seen it twice and loved it. Both with the original cast.
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