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Rent - Vocal Selections

Rent - Vocal Selections

Jonathan Larson, Hal Leonard

ISBN: 9780793572298

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

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: Vocal Selections
(Vocal Selections). 12 vocal selections from this Broadway smash complete with souvenir photos from the production. Songs include: Another Day * I'll Cover You * Out Tonight * Rent * Seasons of Love * What You Own * Your Eyes * and more.
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In the fall of 1992, Larson had a completed first draft, which he dropped off with a demo tape at the office of James Nicola, the Artistic Director of New York Theater Workshop, who agreed to stage a reading of the show. "What drew Jonathan and me together in a philosophical place was the belief in how tragic it was that pop music and theater music had gotten a divorce. I felt he was the first composer I had run into who had the possibility of doing something about it," Nicola said. The first staged reading occurred in March, 1993. Although the response to the music was overwhelmingly positive, it was clear that there were structural problems with the piece. Director Michael Greif was brought on board to begin to address some of these issues. As Greif recalled in The New York Times, "Jonathan had firm ideas and he loved battling them out with us, but there was give and take." In January 1994, Larson was awarded a Richard Rodgers Development Award, which he had applied for on the advice of his mentor and hero, Stephen Sondheim. The $45,000 prized helped finance a two week workshop of RENT that took place in November of that year. Two of the people in the audience were up-and-coming producers Jeffrey Seller and Kevin McCollum. Based on the strength of the workshop presentation, the two agreed to partner with New York Theater Workshop to stage a full production the following year.

ANGEL DUMOTT SCHUNARD The eccentric HIV-positive street drummer. A drag queen with an incredible gift of dance and a magnetic personality. He becomes Tom's lover. Male, 20-30 yrs old Range: C3 - A4

BENJAMIN COFFIN III The landlord of Mark and Roger's apartment building. A former roommate in the loft, Benny traded in his personal morals for power and wealth. Male, 25-35 yrs old Range: Bb2 - F#4


JOANNE JEFFERSON A public interest lawyer and headstrong lesbian. She is smart and purposeful in all her decisions. Carries on a tumultuous relationship with Maureen. Female, 25-40 yrs old Range: G3 - E5

MARK COHEN Filmmaker and video artist. Knee deep in his own soul-searching, Mark is the typical young artist. He and Roger are roommates in the loft. A bit of a nerd. Male, 20-30 yrs old Range: A2 - G4

MAUREEN JOHNSON An unpredictably zany performance artist. Maureen oozes sexuality and used to live in the loft. She has recently dumped Mark for Joanne. Female, 20-25 yrs old Range: C4 - F5

MIMI MARQUEZ An HIV-positive stripper with drug addictions. Slender and sickly, she conceals it all at her job in the local strip club. She lives in the same building as the loft. Female, 18-21 yrs old Range: Eb3 - E5

ROGER DAVIS A struggling musician and former drug addict. He is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain. Roommates with Mark in the loft and battles with being HIV-positive. Male, 20-25 yrs old Range: F2 - A4

TOM COLLINS A computer genius and liberal professor. He is a nurturer with a smooth and relaxed disposition. Used to be a roommate in the loft and is HIV-positive. Male, 25-35 yrs old Range: F#2 - A4

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