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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

We Raise Our Glass, You Bet Your Ass...

The NYTimes headline that jumped off the screen at me this morning was the news that the Broadway production of Rent will close on June 1, a little over 12 years (or "Nine  hundred thirty thousand, one hundred eighty minutes," as the Times lede appropriately points out) after it opened in February 1996.

I've written before about my myriad issues with the Hollywood-diluted, sugar-coated film version of the play, but the play itself remains today one of the most powerful things I've ever seen. I was fortunate enough to see the entire original Broadway cast in April 1996, about two months after it opened, when I was 16, and can still remember how wonderful and remarkable a show it was (and is).

Of course, all good things must come to an end. I guess this is just one good thing I wish didn't have to end quite so soon...

Posted by Steve Vladeck on January 16, 2008 at 09:01 AM in Culture, Current Affairs, Steve Vladeck | Permalink


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Hello Steve,

Just found your site after receiving a Google alert. Like you, I was struck by the groundbreaking nature of this show when I first saw it in 1996. While I don't think the show could affect me now the way it did back then, I will always remember how powerful it was in connecting with its audiences at its peak.


Posted by: Steve On Broadway (SOB) | Jan 16, 2008 3:53:55 PM

Steve, it must be a generational thing. By my calculation that puts you at 27 or 28 now. I went with my daughter, now 23, to see it in Detroit some time in the late 90s, had absolutely had no clue what was going on, and thought the whole thing was over-amped and over-volumed! And I saw (and liked) Hair (the stage version) in the 60s! But I also don't get Facebook and Twitter.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Jan 16, 2008 11:19:09 AM

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