A mainstream musical posing as revolutionary with excellent melodies and dance and sound, but cliche, hackneyed, ridiculously abstract lyrics, interwoven with a few good songs. A good show, but terribly overrated. A good message, but relayed in a terribly melodramatic way. Interesting characters, but terribly underdeveloped. Glorifies neediness and the misuse of condoms leading to AIDS. Appeals to drama freaks who are often preppies in disguise. The great irony of the year (2006) is seeing girls in their Billabong shirts and Abercrombie and Fitch mini-skirst singing "La Vie Boheme." As a wise man once said, "Rent is worse than AIDS."
Ok, so, I went to American Eagle Outfitters and bought the CUTEST DRESS and I'm gonna borrow my friend's combat boots from Hot Topic so I can sing "Take Me Out Tonight" from Rent, my favorite musical, with a bunch of attention whores.
by shubawop June 12, 2006
Broadway musical written by the late, great Jonathan Larson — who, for the record, was neither HIV-positive nor gay. Debuted in 1996 and still going strong. Essentially a modern re-write of Giacomo Puccini's beloved opera La Boheme, but with a happier ending and a score influenced heavily by pop, rock, and techno.

The main differences between La Boheme and Rent:

Setting:
Paris in the early 19th century becomes New York in the early 90s

Characters:

Rodolfo the playwright becomes Roger Davis the HIV-positive musician, former heroin junkie, looking to write one hit song before succumbing to the virus he contracted from his dead girlfriend (first played by Adam Pascal)

Marcello the painter becomes Mark Cohen the filmmaker, trying to make it big (first played by Anthony Rapp, once played by Joey Fatone of N'Sync)

Benoit the landlord becomes real estate mogul Benjamin Coffin III, former roomate to Mark and Roger and a symbol of the coming gentrification of the neighborhood and the eventual death or commercialization of Bohemia (first played by Taye Diggs)

Colline the philosopher becomes Tom Collins the HIV-positive anarchist, a computer geek who sabotaged MIT's virtual reality software and teaches part-time at NYU (first played by Jesse L. Martin of Law & Order fame)

Shaunard the violinist becomes Angel Dumot Schunard the street musician, an HIV-positive sometimes-transvestite and lover to Collins (first played by Wilson Jermaine Heredia, and more famously by Jai Rodriguez from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy)

Mimi, the rhematosis-infected, dying courtesan, becomes Mimi Marquez the Latina bondage performer, HIV-positive, nineteen years old and a junkie, Roger's love interest and former girlfriend of Benjamin (first played by Daphne Rubin-Vega)

Musetta becomes hipster homeless advocate and performance artist Maureen Johnson, a lesbian, Mark's former girlfriend who left him for her stage manager (first played by Idina Menzel, who later played the Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked)

Alcindoro, Musetta's wealthy benefactor, becomes Joanne Jefferson, Maureen's new girlfriend and stage manager, whose role is significantly expanded compared to in Boheme to suit her relationship with Maureen and love-triangle with Mark (first played by Fredi Walker, at one point played by Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls)

Tuberculosis and rheumatism, the diseases which plagued crowded urban centers in the 19th century, are replaced by AIDS, the scourge of the artistic community in the 80s and early 90s
A movie version of the musical, starring the entire original cast save for Daphne Rubin-Vega (who has been replaced by Rosario Dawson), is currently being filmed.

Much like how Puccini died before he could finish his last opera, Turandot, Jonathan Larson died the day before Rent debuted, of an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm stemming from his Marfan's syndrome.
by Shreve Lamb and Harmon July 28, 2005
The best Broadway musical that exists. It debuted in 1996, and is still running today.
"Rent is about being young in New York; being brave and being scared; being in love and being in trouble; viewing hope for today and faith for tomorrow."
by Kristen October 20, 2003
Your Biological parents, or care takers.

Mom and Pop.
The Damn rents are home this weekend so the party can't be here.
by BillyGoat November 14, 2002
Awesome Broadway musical about love, AIDS, life... very touching. Kind of depressing. Inspiring... has an obsessive fan base known as the "RENTheads."
RENT the movie is coming out later this year. *dies happy*
by Meredita May 31, 2005
Life-changing musical. It's not one of those chorus-line, "let's do the can-can" musicals AT ALL. It will make you embrace life, and the music is pretty cool, too.
"How we gonna pa-a-ay last year's rent? This year's rent? Next year's rent? Rent, rent, rent, re-ent, rent..."
by Tango Maureen March 23, 2004
when in script form, the Bible itself.
You can light my candle, Adam Pascal!!
by Nicole Renthead August 30, 2004
The greatest musical i have ever seen. I dont really know how to explain it but it made me cry. But i would cry during the happy parts and the sad parts. I saw it with the original cast and the cast that is touring right now and it is still amazing. It is like nothing you will ever see.
um my favorite scene is the La Vie Boheme scene and the Christmas Bells scenebut i adored them all
by cristina March 15, 2005

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