Feb 28, 2010

Who has seen Rent?

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? :-)


Manech wrote on March 3, 2010 at 3:03 AM:

I love Rent, at least the film. I have the whole soundtrack on my ipod.

Will I, I'll Cover You and I'll Cover You (Reprise) are some of my favorites. :)

Alesandor wrote on March 4, 2010 at 1:18 PM:

i saw it. with a friend. I posted it on my shout out on FB :)

uap manila wrote on March 4, 2010 at 11:20 PM:

saw it.. bobby garcia handled it much better.

Anonymous wrote on March 6, 2010 at 10:05 PM:

Saw it last february. The best production since the first rent here in the philippines, gets even better everytime.

Walk wrote on March 7, 2010 at 9:21 PM:

Hi there,

I've seen the play at RCBC. There were great scenes (Maureen's "Over the Moon" performance was hilarious) and there were some that lacked impact (the death of Angel was forgettable). I think the P1,700 ticket price is too much, and has to do more with the limited seats at RCBC theater rather than the caliber of artists.

I'm planning to watch the original Broadway version so I can compare.

Also, I think you meant to say that there were two heterosexual characters instead of homosexual.

"It also dismisses the notion that AIDS is a gay disease since two of the homosexual characters in Rent suffer from HIV."


Mac Callister wrote on March 11, 2010 at 5:56 AM:

i donwloaded this movie at torrentz last week heard many things about this movie,but after they sang the opening song which is good by the way,the rest of the movie bored me!LOL

maybe im not into it.love other musicals but this one made me sleepy hehe

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Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on March 14, 2010 at 8:50 PM:

@Manech, I plan to buy the 2-CD movie OST. If I can find it. :-)

@Alesandor, I'm not surprised. :-)

@uap manila, that's good to hear.

@Anon, I hope there will another staging soon.

@Walk, oops, you're right. Corrected now. :-)

@Mac Callister, to each his own.

@Marky Boy, I don't mind. Thanks!