January 19, 2008
Here is what Adam (RENT's original Roger, for those who don't know) posted on his blog in response to the announcement that the show will be closing in June:
"Hello everyone. I feel I should address the closing of Rent on Broadway. I know there are many people who are very upset, and I understand. This show has changed many lives, mine included. However that fact, is what is important. Going to see the show over and over again only allows one to remain longer in a fantasy world. What Jonathan would have wanted is for people come away from the show with a renewed spirit, and take that feeling into the real world! To live YOUR OWN LIFE the way the characters in the show, the words and the music have inspired you to. It means nothing to come and sit in a theater night after night and immerse yourself in fantasy, only then to walk out the door and be unchanged in reality. This show will live on in our hearts. But where it truly must survive is in our actions, our compassion and our generosity of spirit towards one another. It is time for the next chapter in this story. I'm excited to see how this story continues to change lives through regional productions, High school productions, small community theater productions and eventually when my kids are old enough, THE BROADWAY REVIVAL starring LENNON AND MONTE as Mark and Roger. That would be something....
long live Rent!
It gives me such comfort and makes me feel so much better to hear how Adam feels about this situation. I agree with everything he says. Also, there's a rumor going around that Tony award winner John Gallagher Jr. has auditioned for the role of Mark Cohen, and that he'll be starting in March... Update: This is in fact just a rumor and not true.