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A 21st century 'remixed' version. Inspired by Puccini's La Boheme Larson's original musical updated the plot to early 1990's New York where a community of East End squatters battled to fulfil their aspirations against the reality of rent demands and AIDS. Baker's version has been pruned down to a running time of just over two hours, with some Americanisms excised and references to HIV therapies updated.
16 October 2007
Just over ten years ago, Jonathan Larson’s Rent stormed Broadway as the best new rock musical since Hair and it’s still running there. An updated version of Puccini’s La boheme, and set in the East Village in New York around Christmas time, it captured perfectly the feverish excitement of artistic endeavour in a time of the AIDS plague.
Whereas Hair expressed its youthful enthusiasm and disaffection as a howl of protest against the war in Vietnam, Rent stays closer to home, moaning about the cost of living in a property boom and trying to make it in the Big Apple; but the musicals are essentially similar in spirit, and both have really remarkable scores, as well as dual heroes – Rent’s Roger (Luke Evans) is a Kurt Cobain-style songwriter, Mark (Oliver Thornton) a wired and eager wannabe filmmaker – in a tribal community.
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Katie - 5 February 2008:
I went to see Rent Remixed on the 29th Jan. It was awful!!!! I love Rent and I was so disappointed, the actors where all wrong for the parts, the vocals where weak and what was with the arrangements?! The worst part was Jesse Wallace in Take me or Leave me, what was she thinking? Very poor and in a complete different key to the poor girl singing joannes part. Angel was played completely wrong aswell, he is supposed to be loved by the end but I was so glad he was gone! Very disappointed, where was all the grunge?? And did anyone notice how weird Benny was when he sang? What was with all the shaking and moving?...
Jessie Wallace (Maureen)
Siobhan Donaghy (Mimi)
Luke Evans (Roger)
Oliver Thornton (Mark)
Leon Lopez (Collins)
Jay Webb (Angel)
Francesca Jackson (Joanne)
Craig Stein (Benny)
Jonathan Larson (Author)
William Baker (Adaptation)
Ambassador Theatre Group (Producer)
Tulbart Productions (Producer)
Michael Brenner (Producer)
William Baker (Director)
Steve Anderson (music supervisor) (Music)
Mark Bailey (Design)
David Howe (Lighting)
Sebastian Frost (Sound)
Steve Anderson (Musical Director)