Rent FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Broadway's Blaze of Glory

Rent FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Broadway's Blaze of Glory

by Tom Rowan
Rent FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Broadway's Blaze of Glory

Rent FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Broadway's Blaze of Glory

by Tom Rowan


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(FAQ). After opening in a small Off-Broadway theater, Rent , a modern adaptation of Puccini's La Boheme , quickly became a worldwide phenomenon with a more zealous and devoted fan base than had any musical in history. Rent FAQ includes biographical info on the musical's brilliant creator, Jonathan Larson, who tragically passed away at age 35 the night before the show began preview performances. Other chapters focus on the creative team and original cast; the development of the script and score from early drafts and workshop performances to the version we know and love today; the movie version, tours, and much more. The section " Rent Cultural Literacy" is a guide to all the titles and real people referenced in the show and the East Village and Alphabet City locations that Rent helped make famous; another chapter provides clues to the characters and tips for anyone thinking about auditioning for the musical, or putting on a production! A final chapter provides a rundown, with numerous photos, of revivals and local productions all over the country, including regional, community, and dinner theaters, and high school and college versions. Rent FAQ is a treasure trove of information, background, and fun facts for the show's devotees as well as anyone who might be lucky enough to be discovering the musical for the first time!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495051456
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Series: FAQ
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 493,586
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tom Rowan is a playwright and director. He grew up in Colorado and studied theater at Trinity University and the University of Washington. His produced plays include Kiss and Cry, The Second Tosca, Faye Drummond, and The Blue Djinn. Rowan is the author of A Chorus Line FAQ. Check out his website at He lives in New York City

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Introduction xvii

1 "One Song to Leave Behind": Jonathan Larson, Creator of Rent 1

2 "That Doesn't Remind Us of 'Musetta's Waltz'": The Opera That Inspired a Musical 20

3 "The Beauty of a Studio": From Conception to Workshop 42

4 "Our Benefactors on This Christmas Eve": The Producers and the Creative Team 59

5 "Who I Was Meant to Be": The Cast of Characters 67

6 "To Days of Inspiration": The Original Off-Broadway Production 83

7 "Being an Us for Once": The Original Cast 100

8 "How Did We Get Here?": A Synopsis of the Story of Rent 119

9 "Wanna Hit the Street?": Rent Makes It to Broadway 142

10 "Making Something Out of Nothing": The Designers and What They Brought to Rent 159

11 "Who's Pleading Out of Town?": Rent on Tour 171

12 "Another Time-Another Place": Rent Crosses the Pond 187

13 "Adventure, Tedium, No Family, Boring Locations": Rent and Its Journey to Film 196

14 "But He's Got Great Footage": The Movie 213

15 "Seasons of Love": The Long Broadway Run and the Closing Performance 227

16 "Ginsberg, Dylan, Cunningham, and Gage": Rent Cultural Literacy 242

17 "Don't Look Back or You May Drown": The Return of Rent to Off-Broadway 282

18 "It'd Be Another Play": tick, tick … BOOM! 292

19 "I Escape and Ape Content": Spoofs and Imitations 300

20 "For Someone Who Longs for a Community of His Own": The Larson Legacy 305

21 "Anywhere You Could Possibly Go After New York": Rent in a Town Near You 310

Appendix 1 Rent Timeline 351

Appendix 2 Cast List (with All Replacements) for Original Broadway Production, 1996-2008 353

Appendix 3 Opening Cast Lists for Touring and International Productions, 1996-1998 355

Appendix 4 Opening Cast Lists for Tours and Revivals, 2001-2016 357

Bibliography 359

Index 367

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