Rent has single-handedly reinvigorated Broadway and taken America by storm. Sweeping all major theater awards, including the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for drama, as well as four 1996 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best B...more
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"Stay true to yourself and to your dreams and know they can come true."-JL
-"At some point in their lives, most creative people have to decide whether to apply their talents to a moneymaking career, or pour them purely into artistic en devours and pay their bills with a day job."
-"Art is about love-the love you never got as a child, the love you can't give as an adult-the love you can only give your work."-JL
-"Does anyone really appreciate life when they're living it?"- ...more
Like, this play actually deeply hurts and offends me.
Sure, the music's nice and all (well, some of the time) but honestly its attempts at updating Puccini's La Boheme to fit AIDS crisis-era New York are actually seriously surface level and are (I hate to be that person) actually kinda simplify the whole issue to the point that it's basically rewriting a VERY ugly part of history to be this horribly sanitised piece of fluff. This musical is to the AIDS p ...more
Or maybe I'm just too hopelessly bourgeois? As a creative myself, I find the idea of people refusing to get real jobs to support their artistic careers to be... just to ...more
There is no true characterization in this book. It allows the reader to learn more about the actors, writer and crew.
There is no setting for this book. It was ...more
It is very sad in my opininon that Jonathan Larson the creator of the show did not get a chance to see all of the success that Rent has had over the years.
No Day but Today!
A criticism is that, while the plot is strong, the characterisation is rather weak. Mark's character's plot line, being the main character and narrator, is only vaguely touched upon in the first act, in La Vie Boheme w ...more
This versio ...more
The book has wonderful photos of Jonathan Larson and the original Broadway cast as they progressed through the workshops and eventually brought the show to the Broadway stage. It contains the full libretto of the musical, so it's fun to listen to the cast recording while readin ...more
I decided to listen to RENT while I read this and when I got to the lyrics part I listened to it again and it was really awesome to see how some songs p/lines changed a bit and see the stage note ...more
I don't recommend this book. It's a shame. I really do love the musical. I just wish I could play the music in fond remembrance. Oh well.
It deals with subjects, such as drug addiction, homosexuality, cross dressing and AIDS/HIV, that many people tend to shy away from. The only reason why I am giving this a 4/5 is because, since it is play, the book is just a screen play, and like Shakespeare, it's better performed, but it's still a fun little read through. It's a must have for all RENT lovers.
Curiosa l'edizione Kindle vettorizzata che rende le liriche gradevoli per schermi di diversa grandezza: il risultato finale, nonostante in alcuni casi il testo risulti molto piccolo, è buono.
Sul libretto c'è poco da dire, Rent _è_ e questo basta. :)
Interviews and other text tells the story of how Jonathan Larson created Rent and details about the casting and productions.
The book ends with the libretto.