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Rent [Original Broadway Cast]

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Album: Rent [Original Broadway Cast]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Tune Up #1 More Info... 0:50
2)    Voice Mail #1 More Info... 0:36
3)    Tune Up #2 More Info... 1:32
4)    Rent More Info... 4:25
5)    You Okay Honey? More Info... 1:41
6)    Tune Up #3 More Info... 0:24
7)    One Song Glory More Info... 2:43
8)    Light My Candle More Info... 4:05
9)    Voice Mail #2 More Info... 0:45
10)    Today 4 U More Info... 3:29
11)    You'll See More Info... 2:57
12)    Tango: Maureen More Info... 3:28
13)    Life Support More Info... 1:58
14)    Out Tonight More Info... 3:48
15)    Another Day More Info... 4:44
16)    Will I? More Info... 2:29
17)    On The Street More Info... 1:32
18)    Santa Fe More Info... 3:12
19)    I'll Cover You More Info... 2:28
20)    We're Okay More Info... 1:22
21)    Christmas Bells More Info... 6:04
22)    Over The Moon More Info... 5:16
23)    La Vie Boheme More Info... 8:00
24)    I Should Tell You More Info... 3:00
25)    La Vie Boheme B More Info... 1:54
  Disc 2
1)    Seasons Of Love More Info... 2:51
2)    Happy New Year More Info... 3:24
3)    Voice Mail #3 More Info... 0:50
4)    Happy New Year B More Info... 3:56
5)    Take Me Or Leave Me More Info... 3:43
6)    Seasons Of Love B More Info... 1:06
7)    Without You More Info... 4:21
8)    Voice Mail #4 More Info... 0:31
9)    Contact More Info... 2:07
10)    I'll Cover You (Reprise) More Info... 2:50
11)    Halloween More Info... 1:48
12)    Goodbye Love More Info... 5:57
13)    What You Own More Info... 3:56
14)    Voice Mail #5 More Info... 0:55
15)    Finale More Info... 5:30
16)    Your Eyes More Info... 2:20
17)    Finale B More Info... 2:53
18)    Seasons Of Love More Info... 4:26
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Music and lyrics written by Jonathan Larson.
  • Principal cast: Adam Pascal (Roger Davis); Anthony Rapp (Mark Cohen); Jesse L. Martin (Tom Collins); Taye Diggs (Benjamin Coffin III); Fredi Walker (Joanne Jefferson); Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel Schunard); Daphne Rubin-Vega (Mimi Marquez); Idina Menzel (Maureen Johnson); Kristen Lee Kelly, Byron Utley, Gwen Stewart, Timothy Britten Parker, Gilles Chiasson, Rodney Hicks, Aiko Nakasone.
  • Additional personnel: Stevie Wonder.
  • Recorded at Sorcerer Sound and Right Track Recording, New York, New York. Includes a 36-page booklet with a plot synopsis and complete lyrics.
  • RENT was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
  • Composer: Jonathan Larson.
  • Lyricist: Billy Aronson.
  • Personnel: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rodney Hicks, Jesse L. Martin , Gwen Stewart, Idina Menzel, Aiko Nakasone, Taye Diggs , Byron Utley, Wilson Jermaine Heredia , Gilles Chiasson, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp (vocals); Anthony Jackson (guitar, contra guitar); Daniel A. Weiss (guitar, synthesizer); Kenny Brescia (guitar); Ira Siegel (electric guitar); Dominic Derasse (trumpet, piccolo trumpet); Tim Weil (piano, synthesizer); Steve Skinner (keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming); Jeffrey Potter (drums, percussion); Kurt Fischer (sound effects).
  • Audio Mixer: Michael O'Reilly.
  • Recording information: Right Track Recording, NY; Sorcerer Sound, NY.
  • Directors: Michael Grief; Michael Greif; Robin Sloane; Tim Weil.
  • Photographers: Joan Marcus; Richie Lee; Amy Guip.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: George Marino; Anthony Jackson; Stevie Wonder; Tim Weil.
  • Arrangers: Arif Mardin; Steve Skinner; Tim Weil.
  • This 43-track set includes in its entirety the unlikely opera about AIDS, drugs, squatters, down-and-out artists and (of course) love that won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for drama and went on to knock Broadway off its feet at a time when the Broadway musical was widely assumed to be dead. Like the climactic love song that seems to magically rescue one of the main characters from near-death, RENT itself may well be responsible for bringing Broadway back to life.
  • RENT was written and composed by Jonathan Larson, who died suddenly hours after the final dress rehearsal. Larson's music is almost seamless in the way it quilts together show-tune tradition with current pop styles, reflecting the story's blend of a classical plot (it's loosely based on Puccini's opera "La Boheme") with a thoroughly modern setting. A tango, in which a man and woman compare notes on a lover they have shared, fits comfortably between an electronic dance tune with rapped vocals ("Today 4 U," sung by the play's drag-queen hero) and a rocking entreaty to come "Out Tonight." The latter is sung by Daphne Rubin-Vega, whose coquettish pop voice and sensual presence help her stand out from a great ensemble cast.
  • The play's unexpectedly optimistic message is spelled out in a breathtaking pop song called "Seasons Of Love," which leads off the second act. As a bonus, Stevie Wonder joins the cast for a reprise that puts a soaring coda of hope on this dark opera.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/26/96, pp.192-194) - "...Composer and librettist Jonathan Larson...was a gifted melodicist with a special knack for exuberant choral interplay and for dosing racy showpieces with beguiling, melancholy interludes...that shake with '60s-Brill Building heartache..."
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