Let’s go back to: "December 24th, 9PM. Eastern Standard Time." Jonathan Larson's Tony Award winning musical Rent opens on Mark Cohen beginning work on his documentary on Christmas Eve. The show transports Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème to 1980s New York City. With its gripping characters struggling in ways previously unseen on the Broadway stage and a modern sounding rock soundtrack, Rent would become a special kind of Broadway phenomenon that is rarely seen.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: Rent was the musical that truly got me into Broadway after seeing Adam Pascal perform "One Song Glory" on PBS. The music captured me in a way I hadn't felt before. It showed me for the first time how the musical form was something always moving forward and changing. This is why even as other amazing musicals come along, my heart will always draw me back to Rent.
Where can you find it now? The OBC album is available basically wherever music is sold, and the film adaptation is available on DVD and Netflix.