Took a few friends to go see a live, touring production of Rent yesterday in Vegas. It's the 10 year anniversary since it first opened on Broadway. We were a little disappointed b.c we were hoping to see the original cast, many of who are in the movie. Yet the performance was still amazing, you would be surprised by what they can do with such a small and simple set.
Rent is a modern musical which takes place in New York and follows a group of young adults as they protest consumerism and homelessness, and struggle with many of their peers dying from AIDS. Jonathan Larson, the creator, lived for Rent for several years, making several rewrites and changes and writing hundreds of songs for the show- 44 are in the final version. Even as the show solidified, it proved insanely popular. Unfortunately, Larson would not live to see its true success: he died from an undiagnosed aortic dissection, just a few hours after the musical had its final dress rehearsal.