No Day but Today: What RENT the Musical Means to Me

 
“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year? – Seasons of Love
 
 
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Do you sing along when you starting to read my blog? I know you did! All the RENT fans know Season of Love is the most iconic, inspiring song that defined a generation in Broadway musical history.

 I was having coffee with a friend of mine and the conversation came up about our favourite musicals and when spoke about RENT my friend had never seen the musical “I know right! I was shocked as well.

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 I said to myself that I needed to write this blog as I want to educate you about RENT the musical. I want to inspire you to either go and see the musical in your city or watch the feature film and fall in love with the characters, the story line, and the soundtrack.

RENT is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in lower Manhattan’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. RENT opened on Broadway in 1996 and closed on Broadway in 2008 after 12 years, making it one of the longest-running shows on Broadway.

I have seen RENT many times when it toured in my city Toronto, Canada. I can watch the feature film over and over again. I can sing along to the whole soundtrack word by word. Growing up back in high school was a struggle for me to by my full self, I was in closet and didn’t have the courage to come out to my friends and family. RENT was a place I can go to and relate with the characters and escape to a world that being gay was okay.

I came out to my friends and family in my late twenties and they were all so supportive, caring and loving. They were all so proud and happy for me and I have RENT to thank for that!  RENT was my inspiration growing up and still to this day, I watch, listen, and sing along with so much pride.

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I want you to have your own story when it comes to RENT. I would be thrilled to hear from you and tell me, how RENT inspired you?

 Thank you for reading my blog and I hope I inspired you to see RENT and fall in love with the musical as much I did.

Being Unique is always Fabulous!

Matty