Musical (1996)

Musique: Jonathan Larson
Paroles: Jonathan Larson
Livret: Jonathan Larson
Production à la création:

Deux amis, Mark et Roger, partagent un appartement à New York. Mark, vidéaste, filme sans cesse son entourage, tandis que Roger, atteint du sida, rêve d'écrire une dernière chanson avant que la maladie de l'emporte. Sa rencontre avec Mimi, jeune toxicomane séropositive, changera sa vie. Se sachant condamnés, les deux amoureux connaîtront un amour aussi fiévreux qu'éphémère.

Synopsis complet

1 Rent peut-être considéré comme un Top musical

2 Rent peut-être considéré comme un musical fondateur, c'est-à-dire ayant marqué l'histoire des musicals.

3 Rent est un musical abordant de manière centrale l'homosexualité.

Larson's inspiration for Rent's content came from several different sources. Many of the characters and plot elements are drawn directly from Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème, the world premiere of which was in 1896, a century before Rent's premiere. La bohème was also about the lives of poor young artists. Tuberculosis, the plague of Puccini's opera, is replaced by AIDS in Rent; 1800s Paris is replaced by New York's East Village in the late 1980s or early 1990s. The names and identities of Rent's characters also heavily reflect Puccini's original characters, though they are not all direct adaptations. For example, Joanne in Rent represents the character of Alcindoro in Bohème, but is also partially based on Marcello. Also, Joanne is the only Rent character whose predecessor in La bohème is the opposite gender.

La Bohème: Mimi, a seamstress with tuberculosis / Rent: Mimi Márquez, an S&M dancer with HIV
Rodolfo, a poet / Roger Davis, a songwriter-musician who is HIV positive
Marcello, a painter / Mark Cohen, an independent Jewish filmmaker and Roger's roommate
Musetta, a singer / Maureen Johnson, a lesbian performance artist
Schaunard, a musician / Angel Dumott Schunard, a gay drag queen percussionist with AIDS
Colline, a philosopher / Tom Collins, a gay philosophy professor (Not full-time) at New York University and anarchist with AIDS
Alcindoro, a state councilor / Joanne Jefferson, a lesbian lawyer, who is Maureen's girlfriend. (Also partially based on Marcello)
Benoit, a landlord / Benjamin 'Benny' Coffin III, the local landlord and a former roommate of Roger, Mark, Collins, and Maureen.

Other examples of parallels between Larson's and Puccini's work include Larson's song "Light My Candle", which is nearly identical to the first scene between Mimi and Rodolfo in La bohème, "Quando me n'vo (Musetta's Waltz)", a melody taken directly from Puccini's opera, and "Goodbye Love", a long, painful piece that reflects a confrontation and parting between characters in both Puccini's and Larson's work.[8] "Quando me n' vo' " is paralleled in the first verse of "Take Me or Leave Me," when Maureen describes the way people stare when she walks in the street. It is also directly referred to in the scene where the characters are celebrating their bohemian life. Mark says, "Roger will attempt to write a bittersweet, evocative song…" Roger plays a quick piece, and Mark adds, "…that doesn't remind us of 'Musetta's Waltz'."

Rent is also a somewhat autobiographical work, as Larson incorporated many elements of his life into his show. Larson lived in New York for many years as a starving artist with an uncertain future. He sacrificed a life of stability for his art, and shared many of the same hopes and fears as his characters. Like his characters he endured poor living conditions, and some of these conditions (e.g. illegal wood-burning stove, bathtub in the middle of his kitchen, broken buzzer [his guests had to call from the pay phone across the street and he would throw down the keys, as in "Rent"]) made their way into the play.[9] Part of the motivation behind the storyline in which Maureen leaves Mark for a woman (Joanne) is based on the fact that Larson's own girlfriend left him for a woman. The Mark Cohen character is based on Larson's friend, documentary filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein.

Playwright Sarah Schulman alleged that Rent bore striking similarities to her novel People in Trouble.

The line, "I'm more of a man than you'll ever be… and more of a woman than you'll ever get!", attributed to Angel Dumott Schunard at his funeral, was previously used by the character Hollywood Montrose, who appeared in the films Mannequin (1987) and Mannequin Two: On the Move (1991). Like Angel, Hollywood is a flamboyantly homosexual man who performs a song and dance number and sometimes wears women's clothing; however, the line was originally in the film Car Wash (1976), delivered by Antonio Fargas as a flamboyant homosexual cross dresser.

The earliest concepts of the characters differ largely from the finished products. Everyone except Mark had AIDS, including Maureen and Joanne; Maureen was a serious, angry character who played off Oedipus in her performance piece instead of Hey Diddle Diddle; Mark was, at one point, a painter instead of a filmmaker; Roger was named Ralph and wrote musical plays; Angel was a jazz philosopher, while Collins was a street performer; Angel and Collins were both originally described as Caucasian; and Benny had a somewhat enlarged role in the story, taking part in songs like "Real Estate", which was later cut.

Many actual locations and events are included in, or are the inspiration for, elements of the musical. The Life Café, where the "La Vie Boheme" numbers are set, is an actual restaurant in the East Village of New York City.[12][13] The riot at the end of the first act is based on the East Village conflicts of the late 1980s that arose as a result of the city-imposed curfew in Tompkins Square Park.

"Will I?", a song which takes place during a Life Support meeting and expresses the pain and fear of living a life with AIDS, was inspired by a real event. Larson attended a meeting of Friends in Deed, an organization that helps people deal with illness and grief, much like Life Support. After that first time, Larson attended the meetings regularly. During one meeting, a man stood up and said that he was not afraid of dying. He did say, however, that there was one thing of which he was afraid: Would he lose his dignity? From this question stemmed the first line in the single stanza of this song. The people present at the Life Support meeting in the show, such as Gordon, Ali, and Pam carry the names of Larson's friends who died of AIDS. In the Broadway show, the names of the characters in that particular scene (they introduce themselves) are changed nightly to honor the friends of the cast members who are living with or have died from AIDS.

The scene and song "Life Support" was also based on Friends in Deed, as well as on Gordon, Pam, and Ali. Originally, the members of Life Support had a solid block of the "forget regret" refrain, and they talked about remembering love. When Jonathan's HIV positive friends heard this scene, they told him that having AIDS was not so easy to accept: it made you angry and resentful too, and the song did not match that. Jonathan then added a part where Gordon says that he has a problem with this "credo…my T-cells are low, I regret that news, okay?" Paul, the leader of the meeting, replies, "Okay…but, Gordon, how do you feel today?" Gordon admits that he is feeling the best that he has felt all year. Paul asks, "Then why choose fear?" Gordon says, "I'm a New Yorker. Fear's my life."

In 1988, playwright Billy Aronson wanted to create "a musical based on Puccini's La Bohème, in which the luscious splendor of Puccini's world would be replaced with the coarseness and noise of modern New York."
In 1989 Jonathan Larson, a 29-year-old composer, began collaborating with Aronson on this project, and the two composed a few songs together, including "Santa Fe", "Splatter" (later re-worked into the song "Rent"), and "I Should Tell You". Larson made the suggestion to set the play in the East Village, the artsy avant-garde neighborhood of Manhattan down the street from his Greenwich Village apartment, and also came up with the show's ultimate title (a decision that Aronson was unhappy with, at least until Larson pointed out that "rent" also means torn apart.). In 1991, he asked Aronson if he could use Aronson's original concept and make Rent his own. Larson had ambitious expectations for Rent; his ultimate dream was to write a rock opera "to bring musical theater to the MTV generation." Aronson and Larson made an agreement that if the show went to Broadway, Aronson would share in the proceeds.

Jonathan Larson focused on composing Rent in the early 1990s, waiting tables at the Moondance Diner to support himself. Over the course of seven years, Larson wrote hundreds of songs and made many drastic changes to the show, which in its final incarnation contained forty-two songs. In the fall of 1992, Larson approached James Nicola, artistic director of New York Theatre Workshop, with a tape and copy of Rent's script. When Rent had its first staged reading at New York Theatre Workshop in March 1993, it became evident that, despite its very promising material and moving musical numbers, many structural problems needed to be addressed including its cumbersome length and overly complex plot.

As of 1994, the New York Theatre Workshop version of Rent featured songs that never made it to the final version, such as "You're A Fool", "Voice Mail #4","Come To The Meeting","Open Road", "He Says","On The Street #1-3", "You'll Get Over It", the predecessor of "Tango: Maureen," featuring Mark and Maureen; "Right Brain", the predecessor to "One Song Glory," featuring Roger; "Do A Little Business", the predecessor of "You'll See," featuring Benny, Mark, Roger, Collins, and Angel; "Female to Female A & B," featuring Maureen and Joanne; and "Real Estate", a number wherein Benny tries to convince Mark to become a real estate agent and drop his filmmaking. This workshop version of Rent starred Anthony Rapp as Mark and Daphne Rubin-Vega as Mimi. Larson continued to work on Rent, gradually reworking its flaws and staging more workshop productions.

On January 24, 1996, after the musical's final dress rehearsal before its off-Broadway opening, Larson enjoyed his first (and only) newspaper interview with music critic Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times, attracted by the coincidence that the show was debuting exactly 100 years after Puccini's opera. Larson would not live to see Rent's success; he died from an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm (believed to have resulted from Marfan syndrome) in the early morning of January 25, 1996. The first preview of Rent was canceled and instead, friends and family gathered at the theater where the actors performed a sing-through of Rent in Larson's memory. The show premiered as planned and quickly gained popularity fueled by enthusiastic reviews and the recent death of its composer. It proved extremely successful during its off-Broadway run, selling out all its shows at the 150-seat New York Theatre Workshop.
Due to such overwhelming popularity and a need for a larger theater, Rent moved to Broadway's previously derelict Nederlander Theatre on 41st Street on April 29, 1996.

Act 1
"Tune Up #1" — Mark and Roger
"Voice Mail #1" — Mark's Mother
"Tune Up #2" — Mark, Roger, Collins and Benny
"Rent" — Mark, Roger, Benny, Collins, Joanne and Company
"You Okay Honey?" — Preachers, Angel and Collins
"Tune Up #3" — Mark and Roger
"One Song Glory" — Roger
"Light My Candle" — Mimi and Roger
"Voice Mail #2" — Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson
"Today 4 U" — Collins, Roger, Mark and Angel
"You'll See" — Benny, Mark, Roger, Collins and Angel
"Tango: Maureen" — Joanne and Mark
"Life Support" — Gordon, Paul, Mark and Company
"Out Tonight" — Mimi
"Another Day" — Mimi, Roger and Company
"Will I?" — Steve and Company
"On the Street" — Preachers, Squeegee Man, Mark, Collins, Angel and homeless woman.
"Santa Fe" — Collins, Angel, Mark and Company
"I'll Cover You" — Angel and Collins
"We're Okay" — Joanne
"Christmas Bells" — Company
"Over the Moon" — Maureen
"Over the Moon Playoff" — The Band
"La Vie Bohème A" — Mark, the waiter, Roger, Benny, Mimi, Collins, Angel, Maureen, Joanne, Mr. Grey and Company
"I Should Tell You" — Mimi and Roger
"La Vie Bohème B" — Maureen, Joanne, Boheme girl, Mark, Angel and Company

Act 2
"Seasons of Love" — Company
"Happy New Year A" — Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Angel, Maureen, and Joanne
"Voice Mail #3" — Mark's Mother and Alexi Darling
"Happy New Year B" — Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Angel, Maureen, Joanne, and Benny
"Take Me or Leave Me" — Maureen and Joanne
"Seasons of Love B" — Company
"Without You" — Roger and Mimi
"Voice Mail #4" — Alexi Darling
"Contact" — Angel and Company
"I'll Cover You" (Reprise) — Collins and Company
"Halloween" — Mark
"Goodbye Love" — Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Maureen, Joanne, and Benny
"What You Own" — Roger and Mark
"Voice Mail #5" — Roger's Mother, Mimi's Mother, Mr. Jefferson, and Mark's Mother
"Finale A" — Preachers, Mark, Roger, Collins, Maureen, Joanne, and Mimi
"Your Eyes" — Roger
"Finale B" — Company
"Playout (I'll Cover You)" — The Band

Main characters
Mark Cohen : A struggling Jewish documentary filmmaker and the narrator of the show. He is Roger's and Collins's roommate until Collins moves out; he is also Maureen's ex-boyfriend.
Roger Davis : A once successful but now struggling musician who is HIV positive and an ex-junkie. He hopes to write one last meaningful song before he dies. He is having a hard time coping with the fact that he, along with many others around him, knows that he is going to die. His girlfriend, April, killed herself after finding out that she was HIV positive. He is roommates with Mark.
Mimi Márquez: A club dancer and drug addict.[17] She lives downstairs from Mark and Roger, and is Roger's love interest who, like him, has HIV. She is also Benny's ex-lover.
Tom Collins : A gay anarchist with AIDS. He is described by Mark as a "computer genius, teacher, and vagabond anarchist who ran naked through the Parthenon." Collins dreams of opening a restaurant in Santa Fe, where the problems in New York will not affect him and his friends. He was formerly a roommate of Roger, Mark, Benny, and Maureen, then just Roger and Mark, until he moves in with Angel.
Angel Dumott Schunard : A young Drag Queen, street percussionist with AIDS. He is Collins's love interest.
Maureen Johnson : A lesbian [7] performance artist who is Mark's ex-girlfriend and Joanne's current girlfriend. She is very flirtatious and cheated on Mark a lot.
Joanne Jefferson : An Ivy League-educated public interest lawyer[17] and a lesbian. Joanne is the woman for whom Maureen left Mark. Joanne has very important parents (one is undergoing confirmation to be a judge, the other is a government official.)
Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III : Landlord of Mark, Roger and Mimi's apartment building and ex-roommate of Mark, Collins, Roger, and Maureen. Now married to Alison Grey of the Westport Greys, a very wealthy family involved in real estate, and he is considered a yuppie scum and a sell-out by his ex-roommates. He is also Mimi's ex-lover, although he considers himself her ex-boyfriend.

[edit] Minor characters
Mrs. Cohen: Mark's stereotypical Jewish mother. Her voicemail messages are the basis for the songs Voicemail #1, Voicemail #3, and Voicemail #5.
Alexi Darling: The producer of Buzzline who tries to employ Mark after his footage of the riot makes primetime. Sings Voicemail #3 and Voicemail #4.
Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson: The wealthy parents of Joanne Jefferson, they leave her Voicemail #2. Mr. Jefferson is also one of the a cappella singers in Voicemail #5. Mrs. Jefferson usually sings the female solo in Seasons of Love.
Mrs. Davis: Roger's confused mother who calls in Voicemail #5, asking continuously, "Roger, where are you?"
Mrs. Marquez: Mimi's Spanish-speaking mother who sings in Voicemail #5, wondering, in Spanish, where she is.
Mr. Grey: Benny's father-in-law who wants to buy out the lot.
The Man: The local drug dealer whom Mimi buys from and Roger used to buy from.
Paul: The man in charge of the Life Support group.
Gordon: One of the Life Support members. Usually doubles as "The Man"
Steve: One of the Life Support members. Usually doubles as "The Waiter"
Ali: One of the Life Support members
Pam: One of the Life Support members
Sue: One of the Life Support members. As notated in the script by Larson, the roles of all of the Life Support members are encouraged to take on the name that someone in the cast (or production) knows or has known to have succumbed to AIDS. In the final Broadway performance, Sue is renamed Lisa.
Squeegee Man: A homeless person who chants "Honest living!" over and over.


  Jonathan Larson et l'histoire de RENT   

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant Rent

1) À sa sortie, Rent était une des rares comédies musicales de Broadway à comprendre des personnages principaux ouvertement gays et lesbiens sur scène. Bien qu'un stéréotype courant soit la grande proportion de personnages gays dans le milieu du théâtre, presque toute production antérieure en rapport avec ce sujet a généralement été reléguée aux théâtres off-Broadway (l'exception la plus connue étant La Cage aux folles).

2) During the NYTW, a dramaturg named Lynn Thomson was brought on board and she did approximately 6 months of work on the show. Later, claiming she had written large portions of the revised libretto and lyrics, she sued Larson's estate for $40 million USD and 16% of the royalties earned off of the show.
However, during the course of the trial, she was unable to remember any lyrics or dialogue that she had written and both the original judge and the federal appellate judge ruled in favor of the family. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, however, she does retain a credit (that is included alongside Billy Aronson's additional lyric credit) as dramaturg in all official materials.

Version 1

Rent (1996-01-New York Theatre Workshop-Off Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: New York Theatre Workshop (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 mois
Nombre : 49 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 26 janvier 1996
Première : vendredi 26 janvier 1996
Dernière : dimanche 31 mars 1996
Mise en scène : Michael Greif
Chorégraphie : Marlies Yearby
Producteur :
Avec : Mark ... Anthony Rapp / Roger ... Adam Pascal / Mimi ... Daphne Rubin-Vega / Collins ... Jesse L. Martin / Angel ... Wilson Jermaine Heredia / Maureen ... Idina Menzel / Joanne ... Fredi Walker / SOLoist #1 ... Gwen Stewart / Benny ... Taye Diggs / SOLoist #2 ... Byron Utley

Version 2

Rent (1996-04-Nederlander Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Nederlander Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 12 ans 4 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 16 previews - 5123 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 16 avril 1996
Première : lundi 29 avril 1996
Dernière : dimanche 07 septembre 2008
Mise en scène : Michael Greif
Chorégraphie : Marlies Yearby
Producteur :
Avec : Mark ... Anthony Rapp / Roger ... Adam Pascal / Mimi ... Daphne Rubin-Vega / Collins ... Jesse L. Martin / Angel ... Wilson Jermaine Heredia / Maureen ... Idina Menzel / Joanne ... Fredi Walker / Benny ... Taye Diggs / SOLoist #1 ... Gwen Stewart / SOLoist #2 ... Byron Utley

Version 3

Rent (1998-04-Shaftesbury Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Shaftesbury Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 5 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 614 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 21 avril 1998
Première : mardi 12 mai 1998
Dernière : samedi 30 octobre 1999
Mise en scène : Michael Greif
Chorégraphie : Marlies Yearby
Producteur :
Avec : Anthony Rapp (Mark Cohen), Adam Pascal (Roger), Krysten Cummings (Mimi), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel), Jess L Martin (Tom), Jessica Tezier (Maureen), Jacqui Dubois (Joanne), Bonny Lockhart, Angela Bradley.
Commentaires : This show had opened with a six-week off-Broadway try-out in February 1996. Sadly its composer, Jonathan Larsen died of a heart attack, aged 35, on the night of its final dress rehearsal. He did not live to see its Broadway premiere in April, followed by rave reviews, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, three Tony and several other awards. The show ran for 5,124 performances. The London production received very mixed notices ... “saccharine, ghoulish stuff’, “ moments of a yearning, tentative, lyrical love”, “the finale and the musical itself will haunt me beautifully”, “a cracking good show with some terrific songs”, “Being rude about “Rent” is a bit like drowning a cuddly kitten, for the show is so desperately determined to be cute and winning, with every sexual minority slickly catered for”. The London production ran for a year and a half.
Commentaires longs: Upon closing in October 1999, the production went on a UK tour before transferring to the Prince of Wales theatre last Dec 2001 to January 26, 2002.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH of THE EVENING STANDARD says the musical will "haunt me beautifully".

MICHAEL COVENEY of THE DAILY MAIL says Michael Greif's production "will appeal to anyone who treasures freshness and spontaneity".

CHARLES SPENCER of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says the "production is performed with real heart and vitality by an exceptionally accomplished cast."

MICHAEL BILLINGTON of THE GUARDIAN said, "Rent undeniably has musical talent and energy".

ROBERT GORE-LANGTON of THE DAILY EXPRESS was luke-warm about the show saying, "In a small New York fringe theatre I bet it was strikingly original. In this plush West End barn it's hip credentials have got lost somewhere."

So too was DAVID BENEDICT of THE INDEPENDENT saying, "If you go determined to succumb to the cast and their all American heart, you'll love it. Yet as soon as the pace begins to flag (halfway through the first act), you begin to feel the flaws."

Version 4

Rent (2000-10-Nederlandse Tour)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Nederlandse Tour ( - Pays-Bas)
Durée : 7 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 03 octobre 2000
Première : mardi 03 octobre 2000
Dernière : dimanche 20 mai 2001
Mise en scène : Ivo van Hove
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
Producteur :
Commentaires longs: Roger Davis: Jim de Groot, Tino Bos / Benjamin Coffin III: Gino Emnes / Joanne Jefferson: Casey Francisco, Karina Mertens / Tom Collins: Edwin Jonker, Stephen Stephanou / Mimi Marquez: Nurlaila Karim, Cyrille van Hoof / Mark Cohen: Tom van Landuyt, Jurgen Stein / Angel Dumott Schunard: Stefan Swinkels, Kok Hwa Lie / Maureen Johnson: Ellis van Laarhoven, Saskia Kikkert

Version 5

Rent (2001-02-UK Tour)

Type de série: UK Tour
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée : 9 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 09 février 2001
Première : vendredi 09 février 2001
Dernière : samedi 24 novembre 2001
Mise en scène : Paul Kerryson
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Commentaires longs: 19 Nov 01 to 24 Nov 01 Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool
12 Nov 01 to 17 Nov 01 Churchill Theatre, Bromley
5 Nov 01 to 10 Nov 01 Corn Exchange, Cambridge
29 Oct 01 to 3 Nov 01 Theatre Royal, Nottingham
22 Oct 01 to 27 Oct 01 New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London
15 Oct 01 to 20 Oct 01 Theatre Royal, Brighton
24 Sep 01 to 29 Sep 01 Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
23 Aug 01 to 8 Sep 01 Haymarket Theatre, Leicester
23 Jul 01 to 28 Jul 01 Venue Cymru (formally - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno
17 Jul 01 to 21 Jul 01 Hippodrome, Bristol
9 Jul 01 to 14 Jul 01 Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
2 Jul 01 to 7 Jul 01 Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
25 Jun 01 to 30 Jun 01 Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
18 Jun 01 to 23 Jun 01 New Theatre, Cardiff
11 Jun 01 to 16 Jun 01 Grand Opera House, Belfast
4 Jun 01 to 9 Jun 01 New Victoria Theatre, Woking
28 May 01 to 2 Jun 01 Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
21 May 01 to 26 May 01 Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
14 May 01 to 19 May 01 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
7 May 01 to 12 May 01 King's Theatre, Glasgow
30 Apr 01 to 5 May 01 Theatre Royal, Bath
23 Apr 01 to 28 Apr 01 Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
16 Apr 01 to 21 Apr 01 Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne
9 Apr 01 to 14 Apr 01 Palace Theatre, Manchester
2 Apr 01 to 7 Apr 01 The Hexagon, Reading
26 Mar 01 to 31 Mar 01 Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
19 Mar 01 to 24 Mar 01 Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
12 Mar 01 to 17 Mar 01 Theatre Royal, Plymouth
12 Mar 01 to 17 Mar 01 Theatre Royal, Plymouth
5 Mar 01 to 10 Mar 01 Royal & Derngate, Northampton
26 Feb 01 to 3 Mar 01 Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds
9 Feb 01 to 24 Feb 01 Haymarket Theatre, Leicester

Version 6

Rent (2001-04-Prince of Wales Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Prince of Wales Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 04 décembre 2001
Première : mardi 04 décembre 2001
Dernière : samedi 26 janvier 2002
Mise en scène : Michael Greif
Chorégraphie : Marlies Yearby
Producteur :
Avec : Adam Rickitt (Mark Cohen), Damien Flood (Roger), Debbie Kurup (Mimi), Neil Couperthwaite (Angel), Mykal Rand (Tom), Helen York (Maureen), Wendy Mae Brown (Joanne), Jason Pennycooke, Jane Doyle, Gilz Terera, Tracy Kashi, Delroy Atkinson, Tom Kavanan, Zeph, Yildiz Hussein.
Commentaires : This was a production from the Leicester Haymarket which was playing an eight week West End engagement prior to a UK tour.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for the EVENING STANDARD says, “I am still hooked by the high, sad romance of Rent. This famous, mid-Nineties American musical that makes a song and dance affair of Aids and drug addiction… has not lost its pulling-power. He goes on to say, “Rent, despite some escapist, pretentious and absurd elements, speaks convincingly to and about young American outsiders.”

LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says , “The plot is so underdeveloped, and relationships so scanty “ And goes on to say, “In some ways the old-fashioned, fake-smiles posturing of shows such as Kiss Me Kate seems more honest than this emotionally manipulative and undistinguished evening.”

Version 7

Rent (2002-12-Prince of Wales Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Prince of Wales Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 05 décembre 2002
Première : jeudi 05 décembre 2002
Dernière : samedi 08 mars 2003
Mise en scène : Michael Greif
Chorégraphie : Marlies Yearby
Producteur :
Avec : Dougal Irvine (Mark Cohen), Damien Flood (Roger), Debbie Kurup (Mimi), Mig Aseya (Angel), Mykal Rand (Tom), Caprice (Maureen), Wendy Mae Brown (Joanne)
Commentaires : This was the same production that had played the Prince of Wales exactly a year earlier, playing an 8 week limited run prior to a UK tour. Because of the early closure of “The Full Monty” the Prince of Wales was empty and at the same time the “Rent” tour was off the road because most provincial theatres were playing pantomime. It made sense for “Rent” to return for a 14 week season. There had been some cast changes over the past year.

Version 8

Rent (2007-10-Duke of York's Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Duke of Yorks Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 02 octobre 2007
Première : lundi 15 octobre 2007
Dernière : samedi 02 février 2008
Mise en scène : William Baker
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Mark Cohen ... Oliver Thornton / Roger Davis ... Luke Evans / Benjamin Coffin III ... Craig Stien / Tom Collins ... Leon Lopez / Joanne Jefferson ... Francesca Jackson / Angel Dumott Schunard ... Jay Webb / Mimi Marquez ... Siobhán Donaghy / Maureen Johnson ... Denise Van Outen / SOLoist #1 ... Lydia Perrow / Ensemble ... Ruth Augilera
Commentaires longs: Il s'agit ici d'une toute nouvelle version, appelée d'ailleurs "Rent remixed". Pathétique. Rent Remixed (or Rent Reduced as the guardian called it)didnt even seem like a good idea on paper.Take one hugely successful rock opera, Take out the Rock and Replace with disco beats and computerized synthesizers, add director whos only experience is making Kylie's shows extra glittery and what do you have....Shiny Rent.All the points were missed, the remixed music was in large dreadful and the cast went from Brilliant (Luke Evans and Leon Lopez) to horrific (Siobhan Donaghy), Performances canceled and some nights 50 people sat in the 600 seater theatre asking "erm where is the rest of the audience".Critics laughed, Rent Heads cried and the whole thing was put out of its misery before its 1st booking date was even up.Talks of a tour seem to be just that.Rent Remixed did succeed in one made you want to buy the ORIGINAL Broadway cast recording.
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "A strangely disappointing makeover or remix by director William Baker...Enjoy Rent Remixed for its exquisite songs, not its vacuous story. " MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "They call this "Rent Remixed". I'd dub it "Rent Reduced", in that the late Jonathan Larson's reworking of La Bohème, while never a great musical, has been turned into a grisly, synthetic, pseudo pop concert with no particular roots or identity." SAM MARLOWE for THE TIMES says, "The songs, apart from a few numbers — notably Seasons of Love and Take Me or Leave Me — are forgettable. The characterisation is slight and the plot lacks focus...Still, Anderson has done a cracking job of funking up Larson’s score, replacing overweening guitar rock with pumping gay club anthems and diva pop, flavoured with rippling keyboards and electronica...Overall, this is a flawed product stylishly repackaged" CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "This clinical, cynical, underpowered revival makes its shortcomings all too apparent...But while the singing is strong, most of the acting is abysmal."

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Rent (2011-08-New World Stages-Off Broadway)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: New World Stages Stage I (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 1 mois
Nombre : 32 previews - 450 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 14 juillet 2011
Première : jeudi 11 août 2011
Dernière : dimanche 09 septembre 2012
Mise en scène : Michael Greif
Chorégraphie : Larry Keigwin
Producteur :
Avec : Mark ... Adam Chanler-Berat / Roger ... Matt Shingledecker / Mimi ... Arianda Fernandez / Collins ... Nicholas Christopher / Angel ... Michael Rodriguez / Maureen ... Annaleigh Ashford / Joanne ... Corbin Reid / Benny ... Ephraim M. Sykes / SOLoist #1 ... Tamika Sonja Lawrence / SOLoist #2 ... Marcus Paul James

Version 10

Rent (2015-10-La Mirada Theatre-La Mirada)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: La Mirada Theatre (La Mirada - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 23 octobre 2015
Première : vendredi 23 octobre 2015
Dernière : dimanche 15 novembre 2015
Mise en scène : Richard Israel
Chorégraphie : Dana Solimando
Producteur :
Avec : Devin Archer (Roger), Mark Whitten (Mark), John Devereaux (Tom), Cooper Howell (Benjamin), Amber Mercomes (Joanne), Lawrence Cummings (Angel), Cassie Simone (Mimi), Emily Goglia (Maureen), Chassey Bennett, Daniel Dawson, Chanel Edwards-Frederick, Aaron Gordon, Craig Michael Lucas, Luke Monday, John Pinto Jr, Alyssa M. Simmons
Commentaires : A brand new production!
Presse : "WOW! sensational a regional Rent as you’ll ever see." StageSceneLA (Click here for full review)

"La Mirada delivers a slick staging..." OC Register (Click here for full review)

"Rent still resonates." San Gabriel Valley Tribune (Click here for full review)

"What makes Rent so wonderful is not its hipness quotient, but its extraordinary spirit of hopeful defiance and humanity." The New York Times

"RENT is the best show in years, if not decades." Variety

Version 11

Rent (2016-12-St James Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: The Other Palace (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Main Theatre
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 08 décembre 2016
Première : mardi 13 décembre 2016
Dernière : samedi 28 janvier 2017
Mise en scène : Bruce Guthrie
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Ross Hunter (Roger Davis), Billy Cullum (Mark Cohen), Ryan O’Gorman (Tom Collins), Shanay Holmes (Joanne Jefferson), Layton Williams (Angel Schunard), Philippa Stefani (Mimi Marquez) and Lucie Jones (Maureen Johnson), Kevin Yates, Jordan Laviniere, Christina Modestou, Bobbie Little, Jenny O’Leary and Katie Bradley.

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