BWW TV Video Op: Closing Night of RENT

Last Sunday evening, September 7, 2008 the curtain fell on Broadway for the final performance of the landmark musical Rent. BWW TV brings you one last chance to say 'goodbye love' to Rent and to celebrate the powerful lasting message of Jonathan Larson's words and music and how it will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of the people it touched.

Rent opened off-Broadway in January 1996 before moving to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre in April of the same year. The musical tells the 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.

Video shot and edited by E. Matthew Cady

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