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Transposing Puccini's 100-year-old opera La Bohème into modern day Bohemia (19th-century Paris's Left Bank becomes late-20th-century New York's East Village where the scourge of tuberculosis becomes the plague of AIDS) Rent celebrates life among the young, sick, and unconventional. While Broadway shows are hardly the place for authentic portrayals of the latest marginalized hipsters, composer Jonathan Larson (who died at age 36, days before his musical opened) managed to sculpt vivid characters and scenes that bring Avenue A as close as it will ever come to 42nd Street. And by telling a socially relevant story of living without the guarantee of a future (renting, that is), Larson does his own little bit to define an X'ed generation. At worst, Rent is the Hair of the '90s.
For the majority of us who won't be seeing Rent anytime soon, the Original Cast Recording is more than just an after-show souvenir. Well-packaged with a complete libretto, the two-CD set is a worthwhile album separate of live performance. Full of songs that are funny and catchy, inspiring and touching, smart and hip and not overly sentimental, Rent mixes showtune pop with elements of rock, R&B, dance, gospel, and tango to make one of the best albums of the year--certainly the best rock opera in decades. La vie bohème, indeed. --Roni Sarig
The music, written by Jonathan Larson, is phenomenal!
Listening to the 'Rent' cd, I can really feel all the emotions tied into each and every song because they were all written from the heart of one truly great man.
This soundtrack is a must have for anybody who loves music and if you get a chance to see it live do not hesitate just go!
Favorite Broadway musical ever. Now I can listen to the extra songs that the movie doesn't include! Scratches in case barely noticeable.Published 8 months ago by Caleb J.
For the most part, an excellent recording of (what can be) a very powerful show. Some of the voices here (for example, Mimi's and Roger's) are a bit too grating to listen to for... Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Naber
I love the show. Was recommended by a friend. See the show and then buy the cd for endless entertainment.Published 16 months ago by twony