RENT Filmed Live on Broadway Coming to DVD/Blu-Ray 2/3
The final curtain fell on Broadway for the landmark musical Rent on September 7th, 2008. But there is still more Rent performance to explore and enjoy! Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced that they will bring 'Rent Filmed Live on Broadway' to Blu-ray on February 3rd along with the DVD release. For this musical based in New York City's East Village, video will be presented in 1080p AVC accompanied by a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack.
Extras for this release include:
The Final Curtain
The Final Lottery
Rent: The Final Days on Broadway
Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation PSA
National Marfan Foundation PSA
The final cast of Rent included Tracie Thoms who starred as Joanne in the movie of Rent and came to the Broadway company in the same role as well as Will Chase as Roger, Renee Elise Goldsberry as Mimi, Eden Espinosa as Maureen, Michael McElroy as Collins, Adam Kantor as Mark, Justin Johnston as Angel, Rodney Hicks as Benny with Shaun Earl, Andrea Goss, Marcus Paul James, Telly Leung, Tracy McDowell, Jay Wilkison, and Gwen Stewart ("Seasons of Love" soloist). Rodney Hicks and Gwen Stewart were both in the original company of Rent and rejoined the final cast to close the show.
Rent opened off-Broadway in January 1996 before moving to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre in April of the same year. The musical tells a story of a group of destitute artists and musicians struggling to survive and be heard in New York's Lower East Side. RENT was one of the first Broadway musicals to feature an ethnically diverse cast, including homosexual and bisexual characters.
Rent, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre, on April 29, 1996 following a history making, sold out, extended limited engagement at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Rent is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history.