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  1. 1. Everything is<br />
  2. 2. HOW DID GET HERE?<br />
  3. 3. HOW BEGAN<br /> Rent was started by Billy Aronson who wanted to create a updated version of La Boheme; basing it on people like himself. He met Jonathan Larson in 1989, where they both wanted the show based on their friends, in 1991 Jonathan won when Billy was asked by Larson whether he could work on Rent solo, and Billy said he could. <br /> While writing RENT Jonathan Larson worked as a waiter at SoHo’sMoondance Diner. While there he dated a girl on and off for four years. Sometimes she left him for a man however the last time she left him for a woman. This incident was written as a plot line for Mark Cohen.<br /> He whittled his waiter job down to three days a week, the other four where spent writing RENT. <br />
  4. 4. ED SPACE<br /> It was in the summer of 1992 that Jonathan Larson rode around New York City, scouting out theatre companies. Trying to find the right one.<br /> At the time the New York Theatre Workshop where being renovated. With the doors open and the sound of construction Jonathan walked inside and knew instantly this would be the perfect play to produce RENT.<br /> In 1993 the New York Theatre Workshop put on a reading of the musical.<br /> After some advice from Stephen Sondheim, Jonathan applied for a Richard Rogers Foundation grant. The workshop production profits increased by the $45,000 prize. <br />
  5. 5. NEW YORK WORKSHOP CAST<br />Anthony Rapp (Mark Cohen)<br />Shelley Dickinson (Joanne)<br />Tony Hoylen (Roger) <br />Daphne Rubin-Vega (Mimi)<br />Pat Briggs (Collins)<br />Michael Potts (Benny)<br />Mark Setlock (Angel) <br />Sarah Knowlton (Maureen)<br />
  6. 6. RE-WRITES<br />La Vie Boheme was toned down because Michael Greif (director) thought it invoking self-congratulatory within the characters<br />Originally the Life Support meetings where seemed to be cheerful, after discussing with his HIV positive friends he added the questioning of the Life Support credo and after attending a Friends In Deed meeting he wrote the song Will I, after hearing someone in the meeting ask “Will I loose my dignity?<br />Originally Mark and Maureen where to get back together, Michael and Jonathan both agreed it had to go<br />Michael suggested minimal props, however the three tables (for the stage show) where a must<br />The workshops where a hit, every night the audience getting bigger and bigger, closing week it was sold out<br />After the holidays the artistic director, Jim Nicola, Michael and Jonathan sat down in Jim’s office. He explained that after talking about with the New York Theatre Workshop’s board members they had decided to stage a full production of RENT the following year. The budget would be $250,000<br />Jonathan was required to refine the story line and work on the characters more. He successfully did this and turned the show into a flashback. The first act began with Mark wondering, “How did we get here?”<br />After sitting down with the cast members he brought a song for the lesbian lovers to sing, entitled Take Me or Leave Me<br />Jonathan’s one sentence sum-up for RENT was: Rent is about a community celebrating life, in the face of death and AIDS, at the turn of the century<br />
  7. 7. SONGS THAT WERE CUT<br /> Three original workshop songs never made the final cut: You’ll Get Over It (a duet between Mark and Maureen), Female to Female A & B (duet between Maureen and Joanne) and Real Estate (a song where Benny tried to convince Mark to quit being a film maker and become a real estate agent)<br />
  8. 8. SONG LIST<br />Act 2 <br />Seasons of Love — Company<br />Happy New Year A — Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Angel, Maureen, and Joanne<br />Voice Mail #3 — Mark&apos;s Mother and Alexi Darling<br />Happy New Year B — Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Angel, Maureen, Joanne, and Benny<br />Valentines Day Crossover — The Band<br />Take Me or Leave Me — Maureen and Joanne<br />Seasons of Love B — Company<br />Without You — Roger and Mimi<br />Voice Mail #4 — Alexi Darling<br />Contact — Company<br />I&apos;ll Cover You (Reprise) — Collins and Company<br />Halloween — Mark<br />Goodbye Love — Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Maureen, Joanne, and Benny<br />What You Own — Roger and Mark<br />Voice Mail #5 — Roger&apos;s Mother, Mimi&apos;s Mother, Mr. Jefferson, and Mark&apos;s Mother<br />Finale A — Company<br />Your Eyes — Roger<br />Finale B — Company<br />Playout (I&apos;ll Cover You) — The Band<br />Act 1<br /> Tune Up #1 — Mark and Roger<br />Voice Mail #1 — Mark&apos;s Mother<br />Tune Up #2 — Mark, Roger, Collins, and Benny<br />Rent — Company<br />You Okay Honey? — Angel, Collins, and Man on Street<br />Tune Up #3 — Mark and Roger<br />One Song Glory — Roger<br />Light My Candle — Mimi and Roger<br />Voice Mail #2 — Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson<br />Today 4 U — Collins, Roger, Mark, and Angel<br />You&apos;ll See — Benny, Mark, Roger, Collins, and Angel<br />Tango: Maureen — Joanne and Mark<br />Life Support — Company<br />Out Tonight — Mimi<br />Another Day — Mimi, Roger, and Company<br />Will I? — Company<br />On the Street — Company<br />Santa Fe — Collins, Angel, and Mark<br />I&apos;ll Cover You — Angel and Collins<br />We&apos;re Okay — Joanne<br />Christmas Bells — Company<br />Over the Moon — Maureen<br />Over the Moon Playoff — The Band<br />La Vie Bohème A — Company<br />I Should Tell You — Mimi and Roger<br />La Vie Bohème B — Company<br />
  9. 9. THE TRAGEDY OF<br />
  10. 10. Jonathan Larson<br />A week before his death Jonathan was watching a rehearsal of Mark and Roger’s duet, “What You Own” with director Michael Greif he felt his first pang of the aneurysm, however he was laughing<br />On 25th January 1996, Jonathan suffered a heart attack a day before the show opened<br />Hours before he died he did his first and last interview for RENT<br />As a tribute they canceled the first show and did a sing through tribute to Larson, opening with Seasons of Love<br />
  11. 11. RENT OPENEDAPRIL 26TH 1996<br />at the New York Theatre Workshop<br />100 Years to the day that La Boheme opened!<br />What a fluke!<br />
  12. 12. THREE WEEKS LATER<br />
  13. 13. It opened to Broadway on April 29th, 1996<br />
  14. 14. ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST<br />Adam Pascal (Roger Davis)<br />Anthony Rapp (Mark Cohen)<br />Jesse L. Martin (Tom Collins)<br />Taye Diggs (Benjamin Coffin III)<br />Fredi Walker (Joanne Jefferson)<br />Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel)<br />Daphne Ruben-Vega (Mimi Marquez)<br />IdinaMenzel (Maureen Johnson)<br />
  16. 16. AUGUST 26th, 1996<br />At the end of the US Convention were Bill Clinton got re-elected to Presidency the cast sung Season of Love <br />
  17. 17. TANGO: MAUREEN<br />Left - Film version: Anthony Rapp and Tracie Thoms<br />Right – Broadway: Fredi Walker and Anthony Rapp<br />AS A MATTER OF FACT<br />HONEY, I KNOW THIS ACT<br />It’s called the…<br />
  18. 18. TOUR DE’ <br />1996 – Broadway<br />1996 – US National Tour<br />1998 – West End<br />1998 – Australia<br />2001 – UK<br />2003 – West End revival<br />2007 – West End revival 2<br />2008 – Buenos Aires<br />2009 – US National Tour 2<br />
  19. 19. September 7th, 2008<br />Broadway RENT finally closed<br />
  20. 20. HOW DO YOU DOCUMENT <br />
  21. 21. RENT: THE MOVIE<br />Anthony Rapp – Mark <br />IdinaMenzel – Maureen<br />Tracie Thoms – Joanne<br />Jesse L. Martin – Collins<br />Wilson Jermaine Heredia – Angel<br />Adam Pascal – Roger<br />Rosario Dawson – Mimi<br />Taye Diggs - Benny<br />
  22. 22. MARK COHEN<br />A film maker<br />Ex-boyfriend of Maureen<br />The peace-maker of the group<br />Works/quits for Buzzline<br />Broke<br />
  23. 23. MAUREEN JOHNSON<br />Bisexual<br />Performance Artist<br />Joanne’s girlfriend<br />Used to live with Mark, Roger and Benny<br />
  24. 24. TAKE ME OR LEAVE ME<br />Left – Film<br />Right - Broadway<br />Women, what is it about them?<br />Can’t live with or without them?<br />Take me for who I am<br />Who I was meant to be<br />And if you give a damn…..<br />
  25. 25. JOANNE JEFFERSON<br />Lesbian<br />Harvard graduate lawyer<br />Represents Mark<br />
  26. 26. ROGER DAVIS<br />Singer<br />Ex girlfriend killed herself after leaving him a note saying “We have AIDS”<br />HIV Positive<br />Ex junkie<br />In denial about AIDS<br />
  27. 27. LIGHT MY CANDLE<br />Left – Broadway<br />Right - Movie<br />Your smile reminded me<br />I always remind people of… who is she<br />She died, her name was April<br />It’s out again<br />Sorry bout your friend<br />Would you… <br />
  28. 28. MIMI MARQUEZ<br />HIV Positive<br />Heroin junkie<br />Nightclub dancer<br />Roger’s love interest<br />
  29. 29. BENJAMIN COFFIN III<br />Ex room mate of Mark and Roger<br />Landlord<br />Wants to evict them to build a arts studio<br />Mimi’s ex client<br />
  30. 30. TOM COLLINS<br />Philosophy professor<br />Has AIDS<br />Anarchist<br />Gay<br />Angel’s love interest<br />
  31. 31. I’LL COVER YOU<br />Left – Film<br />Right - Broadway<br />Open your doorI&apos;ll be your tenantDon&apos;t got much baggage<br />To lay at your feetBut sweet kisses I&apos;ve got to spareI&apos;ll be there….<br />
  32. 32. ANGEL DUMOTTSCHUNARD<br />Drag queen<br />Has AIDS<br />Forms a friendship with all cast epically Mimi <br />
  33. 33. LA VIE BOHEME<br />Left – Broadway: Mimi – Dafnie Ruben Vega and Mark – Anthony Rapp<br />Right – Movie: Mark – Anthony Rapp, Mimi – Rosario Dawson<br />WHY DOROTHY AND TOTO<br />WENT OVER THE RAINBOW?<br />TO BLOW OFF AUNTY EM!<br />
  34. 34. 525,600 Minutes of Rent<br />Regular performances of Rent including April 24, 2006, gala, as of April 24? 4,157.<br />Number of $20 orchestra seats bought in same-day ticket lottery since the offer began? 141,338. (34 orchestra seats, in first two rows, for each performance.)<br />Number of actors the Broadway production has employed? 139.<br />Number of Broadway Rogers? 13.<br />Number of Broadway Mimis? 10.<br />The actor who played Roger for the most performances on Broadway? Manley Pope. (He also toured.)<br />The cast member who has played the most performances? Owen Johnston II.<br />Number of paper lantern &quot;moons&quot; on the Paul Clay&apos;s set since 1996? Two.<br />Ounces of glitter in Mimi&apos;s hair over the decade? 2,080.<br />Number of Ricola brand herbal cough drops for company members? 123,162.<br />Actor who has played most roles in Rent? Darius de Haas. (He went on as Benny, Tom, Angel and many ensemble parts.)<br />Number of company marriages as a result of Rent? Three. Actor Chad Richardson (an ensemble member, a Mark and a Roger) and actress Cristina Fadale (a Maureen) and prop person Billy Wright and assistant stage manager Kathy Haley and most notably original cast members Taye Diggs and IdinaMenzel, who are now married.<br />Number of engagements? One. Matt Caplan (a Mark Cohen) and Karen Olivo (an understudy, a Maureen, a Mimi, a swing).<br />Yards of spandex for Mimi&apos;s costume? 106.<br />Number of hair extensions for Mimi? 103,925.<br />Number of sound systems used since 1996? Two. (The first one was replaced during the run — this is a rock musical, after all.)<br />Number of kimonos worn by actresses playing Mimi over the years? One. The same costume has been passed down. (Angela Wendt is the production&apos;s costume designer.)<br />http://www.playbill.com/news/article/99239-How_Many_Minutes_Have_Passed_Since_Rent%27s_Broadway_Opening%3F_We_Did_the_Math <br />
  35. 35. FACTS FROM RENT BY JONATHAN LARSON<br />About Life Support<br />The support group depicted in Rentis based on Friends in Deed, a SoHobased support group<br />During a FID meeting Jonathanattended, a member asked &quot;WillI lose my dignity?&quot;, inspiring&quot;Will I?“<br />Gordon,Ali,and Pam were all realAIDS positive friends of Jon, whoappeared by name in the show.<br />&quot;This is a show about my friends, soyou are all playing my friends&quot;---Jonathan Larson<br />Miscellaneous<br />In &quot;biographies&quot; Jonathan wrote for <br />each character, the following things<br />were established:<br />Mark + Benny were roommatesat Brown University.<br />Roger&apos;s band&apos;s name is &quot;WellHungarians“<br />Mimi left home when she was 15<br />Maureen dreamed of being Patti Smith<br />&quot;Without You&quot; was originallyintended for Joanne and Maureen.Then J+M had a song called &quot;Female to Female&quot;. Now, of course, they have TMOLM.<br />
  36. 36. RIP JONATHAN LARSON<br />THANK YOU!<br />by Tansy Bradshaw<br />