A to Z: Rent

Groundbreaking in 1996. Almost quaint now. Rent changed the theater landscape forever.



A set of folding chairs and tables mostly! A rock soundtrack, with several darn catchy anthems. No tap dancing. Characters with AIDS. A man who lives dressed as a woman (and Santa!). Gay people, before they were all over TV! And a story all about artists living la via boheme.

I was a writer. I imagined myself funkily dressed, singing and dancing along with them in the Life Cafe. And as a metaphysical type (an old soul?), hearing lyrics like 525,600 minutes… how do you measure a year? — these were my people.

Again, I found myself on stage in the theater. In a world where and at an age when you’re encouraged to be like everyone else, it was nice to find a group of people who were insistent on being themselves.

Five and counting. That’s how many times I’ve seen this show. I’ll see it again and again. It’s the second-favorite musical of all-time. Want to see the first? Tune in tomorrow.


This post is part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge. My theme is Musical Memoir. Each Monday through Saturday, I explore personal memories through my love of music, inspired and coordinated by the letters of the alphabet. Join in the fun and participate in the challenge, or leave a comment and enjoy some conversation. Thanks for reading. Peace.

4 thoughts on “A to Z: Rent

  1. It must be so exciting to see a play with actors on stage. I might have seen one or two ever, and they were put on by a local church that my niece was acting in. Oh, wait, I did see a couple more that were not from the church. They were “Greater Tuna”, and “A Tuna Christmas”. I liked those a lot. 🙂

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    • I love all theater — wee ones, community, professional. It’s just amazing what actors, signer, writers, etc. can do! I’m intrigued by A Tuna Christmas and Greater Tuna. I’ve never heard of those!

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      • Well, these are really funny. There are only two men, who act out quite a few characters, with fun costume changes. It is sort of a spoof on small town life and the people in the tiny TX town of Tuna. If you type in ‘greater tuna’ you can see some short videos of it. 🙂 Now you got me thinking of stage plays, we did see something many years ago (don’t remember what it was), but we had a place called the Hayloft Dinner Theater. It was in an old barn type building, and semi famous actors would do a play, while we got to eat a nice dinner. 🙂

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