Just saw it. Moved to tears several times.
My favorite line–

The opposite of war is not peace,
it is creation.


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  1. abbyladybug on November 24, 2005 at 1:28 am

    OOoooo. My mom and I are thinking about going to that tomorrow. I loved the stage version. Glad it was so moving. I can’t wait.

  2. Peterson Toscano on November 24, 2005 at 1:48 am

    I lived in NYC from 1985-1995, so it felt nostogic to see the city how they portrayed it when many humans who were homeless lived in tent cities in places like Thompkins Square Park (until the mayor “cleaned up” the city) and we would eat at the Life Cafe.

    The movie brings up HIV/AIDS up a lot. This moves me because of the many family members and friends lost to complications due to the AIDS virus. My cousin Madeline, from Puerto Rico, died three months after she received Jesus. A lesbian and a long time heroin addict, she lived in the South Bronx. I remember how sweet the love of Jesus felt as we sat together on her hospital bed and prayed or read or just cried.

    I worked in the Lower East Side’s Alphabet City for years and would return every day to my West 81st Street apartment by Central Park. Living in NY gave me a glimpse of so many worlds. Having a mixed raced family (my cousins are all half-Italian and Puerto Rican or Black or Irish or Filipino) gave me an opportunity to experience many New Yorks.

    I’m not sure how non-New Yorkers respond to Rent, but I remember the days when everyone loved someone who was dying and living with AIDS.

    The musical for me is so much about loving well the people in our lives for the limited time we have them.

  3. Jennifer on November 24, 2005 at 2:17 am

    I’m planning on going to see it eventually. I have been waiting for it to come out since I first heard about it. I loved the play, so hopefully the video is just as good. This summer I watched “Angels in America” after reading the script in film class this past spring and then buying a copy of it. I’m so excited that “Rent” got made into a video. Yay!

  4. David W. Shelton on November 25, 2005 at 10:17 pm

    I saw Rent last night, and it was a delightful story. I’ve never seen the stage version, and I wasn’t sure how it’d be because of its VERY mixed reviews.

    But once the first note started, I knew I was in for something special. Boy was I right! Someone said to me that I needed to have my “homo card” revoked since I had never seen it. This should count!

    Thanks for all you do, Peterson. Talk with you soon!


  5. christine on November 27, 2005 at 8:45 pm

    not seen it but i love the music. I was persuaded to listen to it by a gay friend. Seems to me that the music is too good and the story too pertinent for gay people to have all the pleasure!

  6. morgan on December 6, 2005 at 9:08 pm

    that’s pretty.

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