I have heard of Rent for a long time. I know the songs, I’ve watched clips, I’ve discussed it with friends, but mostly song wise. It has taken me almost a decade to watch the movie, and I’ve not caught the play when there are runs in Manila.
I could almost kick myself for waiting this long to watch it.
It was every bit as exciting as I thought, and the singing amazing. I was so happy to see Jesse L. Martin (doctor Greg Butters from Ally McBeal that I’ve thought sexy since I saw him sing for Calista Flockhart on said show) and Idina Menzel, (the original Elphaba from Wicked) in particular that I just started salivating at the collection of sexy on my screen.
Rent is not for the faint of heart. It deals with poverty, aids, and the culture of New York in 1989-1990. Mostly dealing with the bohemian lifestyle and fighting against selling out, and the pitfalls of living a carefree lifestyle. If you are in any way conservative and do not like seeing images of men kissing, or women kissing, or drugs and art, forget about seeing this musical.
I for one do not have any reservations on any of these subjects, laughed, cried, sang along.
You think your life is crap? Rent will show you the bliss sheltered living gives you.
And did I say yet how utterly sexy Jesse L. Martin’s voice is? Coz it is. I could listen to it all day. And it’s what I’m going to do today.