RENT [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

RENT [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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by Jonathan Larson
     
 

Jonathan Larson's hit rock musical Rent is about marginalized members of society: homosexuals, people of color, artists, and other folks who, for whatever reason, just don't fit in, and who eventually learn to cherish their individuality within the warm embrace of their families of choice. Director Chris Columbus (the first two See more details below

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Jonathan Larson's hit rock musical Rent is about marginalized members of society: homosexuals, people of color, artists, and other folks who, for whatever reason, just don't fit in, and who eventually learn to cherish their individuality within the warm embrace of their families of choice. Director Chris Columbus (the first two Harry Potter films) opens his major motion picture vision of the musical with the exhilarating, life-affirming backdrop of Manhattan's artsy Lower East Side, giving the sonorous voices of the film's stars -- including original Broadway cast members Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Taye Diggs (How Stella Got Her Groove Back), and Wicked star Idina Menzel (who is coincidentally married to Diggs), as well as screen siren Rosario Dawson, in her musical debut -- even more room to charm the listener. Larson's melodic, sentimental songs -- notably the goose-bump-inducing "Seasons of Love," featuring newcomer Tracie Thoms -- are gorgeously realized by producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls), and this disc is a must-have for all Rentheads, as well as the perfect gift for romantics with a penchant for la vie bohème.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In their transfers from stage to screen, Broadway musicals usually suffer from extensive cast changes and sometimes from major alterations in their scores. Rent, the rock-oriented update of La Vie Boheme with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, was taken to film by director Chris Columbus with much of the cast and all of the score intact. The only caveat may be time; the show opened in 1996, the film in 2005, and that means, for instance, that when Roger (Adam Pascal) guesses that Mimi (Rosario Dawson) is 16 years old and she admits to being 19 in the song "Light My Candle," it's not quite believable. But that's a problem only onscreen, not on the soundtrack album. Arranger and album producer Rob Cavallo has been faithful to Larson's writing, so here the real question is how the new recording measures up to the original Broadway cast album. In his liner notes, Columbus makes a case for the new one by stating, "This time around, the songs were recorded over several months, with much time and care." He is referring to the tendency to record Broadway shows in a rush, shortly after opening, usually in a single day, in fact, with only as much care as can be achieved in that time. Of course, it's also true that a cast fresh from the theater has an immediacy that's hard to reproduce nearly a decade (and hundreds of performances) later. The veteran cast members do a good job here, with Pascal, Dawson, Anthony Rapp, and Idina Menzel in particular working hard to re-create the passion that infused their initial performances. Still, this version takes a close second to the first one. (One extra song has been added at the end, the excellent "Love Heals," which Larson wrote for an AIDS benefit, not for the show.)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624945529
catalogNumber:
49455
Rank:
608

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Performance Credits

Jonathan Larson   Primary Artist
Paul Bushnell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Greg Curtis   Organ
Aaron Lohr   Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Suzie Katayama   Accordion,Cello
Tim Weil   Piano
Taye Diggs   Vocals
Wilson Jermaine Heredia   Vocals
Anthony Rapp   Vocals
Gregory Curtis   Organ
Greg Suran   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Idina Menzel   Vocals
Dorian Crozier   Percussion,Drums
Jesse L. Martin   Vocals
Adam Pascal   Vocals
Rosario Dawson   Vocals
Tracie Thoms   Vocals
Wayne Wilcox   Vocals
Tim Davis   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Campbell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Daniel Chase   Digital Editing
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Doug McKean   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Tim Weil   Arranger,Vocal Conductor
Dann Thompson   Engineer
Dorian Crozier   Programming
Jonathan Larson   Composer,Lyricist,Book
Elan Trujillo   Engineer
Matt Beckley   Digital Editing
Brian Cometa   Engineer
Chris Columbus   Liner Notes,Soundtrack Executive Producer
Dan Chase   Digital Editing

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