The recent local theatrical production that is. Unfortunately, I haven’t. I was vaguely aware late last year that there will be a staging of Rent at the RCBC Plaza this year, but by the time I was seriously thinking of seeing it, all the tickets were practically sold out! Today is the last day of the production.
It’s not really a complete loss for me since I managed to catch the limited screening of the film adaptation (featuring most of the original Broadway production cast) back in 2006. But seeing the original play version would’ve been nice since there are differences between the stage and the film versions.
For me, Rent was my #1 best movie of 2006. It’s quite refreshing to hear a story that has themes on homosexuality and HIV/AIDS that were not added to the story for sensational value. In fact, that there are homosexual characters in the plot was dealt as if it was a matter-of-fact. Remember that the play premiered back in 1994 so this was quite significant. It also dismisses the notion that AIDS is a gay disease since two of the homosexual characters in Rent suffer from HIV.
So have you seen Rent, either on stage or on screen? What do you think of it?
I’ll leave you now with these two short but beautiful songs from the movie, “Will I” and “Life Support.” Both songs occur during sessions of an AIDS support group in which some of the characters attend. These two songs are pretty low-key compared to the musical-level productions of the other songs (complete with dancing), but they are among the most poignant.
P.S. Trivia: the first guy singing in “Will I” (the second video above) is Aaron Lohr. He played Dean Portman in the second and third films of The Mighty Ducks series. You might remember him as the very hunky half of the Bash Brothers and he did a mouth-watering strip dance in D3. Who would’ve thought that he could sing very well?