It was announced today that Rent, now the seventh longest running show in broadway history, will close June 1, 2008 after 5,012 performances. The show is championed for reviving musical interests in a younger generation and for giving paychecks to a few that needed it at the time: Scary Spice, Joey Fatone, Frenchie Davis, Drew Lachey, Neil Patrick Harris, Jai Rodriguez and Caprice. For me, it was the first musical I ever saw on Broadway (in Spring 2002), and since that happened to be an overdramatic teen-angsty gayfest time for me, you can bet I was all over it. “One Song Glory”‘s repeated playings while I belted it out in my room must have been one of the final nails in the “yep, he’s gay” coffin of my mother’s mind. Either way, I’m not particularly sad to see it go. Its made its mark, its grown very outdated, and I’m sure a 2030 revival will fill my lifetime “Rent” needs. But either way, I’ll leave it with this clip I can’t even watch fully due to really gross nostalgia:
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