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The Seasons of Love End: Rent Says Goodbye to the Big White Way

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And although I've seen the show 10 times, I never saw it on Broadway.

Okay, I admit it, I'm a huge dork for musicals, but especially for Rent.  I remember the first time I heard the music, lying in the dark on the floor of my college apartment.  It felt like they were speaking to me, singing about me.  Yes, me, in my posh small New England college, who grew up privileged outside of Washington DC, actually thought a musical about starving artists in the village of NYC whose main characters had AIDS was about ME.  Yes, I was a little self involved.

My husband hates musicals, but that didn't stop me from making him see it with me.  And he GOT IT.  Got the power, got the magic, got the sheer brilliance of it all.  Actually, I don't know if he got the brilliance of it but I told him 100 times "it revolutionized Broadway.  Broadway wouldn't be where it was today without Rent."  And yes, he rolled his eyes at me also.  Rent spoke so much to both of us, that he walked down the aisle at our wedding to "I'll Cover You."  I walked down to "Seasons of Love."  We took my son to the one of those baby allowed movies when it came out as a movie and yes, I own the DVD and watch it frequently.  And, they filmed one of the last performances in High Definition and it will be released in movie theaters this fall.  I'm so there.

After 12 years and 5,124 performances, the Curtain closed on Rent for the last time Sunday night.  And it began with a standing ovation before the first note was ever sung.  Gotta love the RentHeads. 

The making of Rent had a tragic story in that it's creator, Jonathan Larson, died of an aortic aneurysm after its final dress rehearsal in January 1996, the day before it opened on Broadway. He was only 35 and we can only imagine what else he would have done if he lived.

The show made stars out of his original cast, something that doesn't happen a lot on Broadway.  Taye Diggs is now on Private Practice.  His wife, Idina Menzel, who he met doing the show, won a Tony for Wicked, another favorite of mine.  Anthony Rapp continues to star on Broadway and wrote a great autobiography, Without You, the title taken from a lyric of one of the songs. Jesse L. Martin went on to star on Law and Order.  And of course, Adam Pascal did that Backyardigans movie, as well as continuing on Broadway.

Rent to me will always represent that period in early adulthood where you are just figuring out who you are, apart from your parents. 

Don't forget, always measure your life in love.

For your enjoyment, here is the last curtain call.  It's a little shaky camera work, but the original cast is there, and well, I'm crying.

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