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Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

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With Rent, one of Broadway’s biggest contemporary hits, composer Jonathan Larson took the framework and characters of Puccini’s La Boheme and revamped them around a group of twentysomething East Villagers struggling with adulthood, sexuality, AIDS, and the dashed career expectations of the ‘90s. The 1996 show won a raft of Obies, Tonys, and the Pulitzer Prize for drama – and is memorably skewered in the opening of Parker & Stone’s irreverent pop-culture spoof Team America. If it often seems a collection of dazzling performances in search of genuine emotional and dramatic connections, those set pieces are nonetheless memorable, including the lesbian-themed “Take Me Or Leave Me,” the quasi-rock ballad “One Song Glory,” and the show’s greatest contribution to the American standard songbook, “Seasons of Love,” also featured here in a bonus performance by Stevie Wonder.

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must have for broadway fan!!!!

Ok, well I L.O.V.E. this CD and play and movie! Here is a short review of MAJOR songs on this cd (no tune-ups or voice mails) on a scale of 1-10! Enjoy! ~Rent~9/10 this song is fantastic. however, taye sounds kind of weird in this song. Love Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal in this song! ~You Okay Honey?~10/10 this song makes me cry! I love it and Wilson Heredia and Jesse L. Martin are my fave performers! Great song! ~One Song Glory~9.5/10 well I love adam in this song but i like the movie version better! still great. his voice is just better now! ~Light My Candle~8/10 good, fun, hip song Daphne Rubin-Vega's voice isn't the best in this song but still good! like Rosario's (movie) version better. ~Today 4 U~ 10/10 like I said be4 I love Wilson! his Angel is the best! great song ~You'll See~10/10 unlike some of the other songs reviewed already, I like this version better than the movie. Taye is charming and Anthony, Adam, Wilson, and Jesse deliver great comedy! Love it! ~Tango:Maureen~6/10 love this song. NOT A FAN OF FREDI WALKER'S JOANNE! Love Anthony's Mark though! ~Out Tonight~ 10/10 great song and great fun performance from Daphne! She delivers at one of the highlights of the play! Love it! ~Another Day~9/10 for some reason I am always disappointed when I hear Daphne in this song because she just did great in Out Tonight and in this song she doesn't deliver as much, but she is still good! Adam and Life Support group are amazing! and the lyrics are incredible! ~Sante Fe~7/10 this song is better either in the movie or seen live. still a fun song and jesse delivers! ~I'll Cover You~100/10 (no not a typo) one of my fave parts of the show! like i said love Wilson and Jesse! ~We're Okay~8/10 funny song and fredi actually does a good job on this song! like i said not a fan of her's so that is a MAJOR compliment! ~Christmas Bells~million/10 one of my fave songs in the play. cried when it wasn't in the movie (yes i really did! i'm pathetic!) ~Over the Moon~ PRICELESS! Idina delivers in the turning point of the show. The whole show centers around her performance "Over the Moon" and this is her performance. however, better seen live or in the movie so you can actually MOO with her! ~La Vie Boheme/I Should Tell You/La Vie Boheme B~PRICELESS! this is my three fave parts of both the movie and the play! hence my username! great three songs to end first act! ~Seasons of Love~10/10 great song, but to me it is to well known by people and so I get kind of sick of it and i like the movie version better. tracie thoms (in movie cast) just has a better voice than gwen stewart (soloist in play!) ~Happy New Year A&B~million/10 again cried when wasn't in the movie! nuff said! ~Take Me or Leave Me~9/10 again Idina delivers but don't like fredi as much! see tracie thoms take over her roll in the movie! now Tracie is talented! ~Without You~10/10 great and emotional song. although daphne hits a few bad notes but that's what makes it raw and fantastic. ~Contact~6/10 least favorite song in Rent. to me it is a weird way to spend Angel and Collins' last moments together. still good but Jonathan Larson did better! ~I'll Cover You (Reprise)~10/10 great, sad, cry every time! jesse and cast as whole deliver! great song. saddest part of the play ~Halloween~9/10 sad song, makes me feel bad for Mark beautiful performance by Anthony ~Goodbye Love~9/10 good song, well written but to me the movie version is more emotional. Daphne isn't quite at her best in this song. Rosario, however, delivered in the movie. again just me. ~What You Own~10/10 good, rock 'n' roll moment and song in the play! adam and anthony did great in this song! ~Finale~10/10 Better than the movie version. Whole cast (minus Taye Diggs and Wilson Heredia who aren't a part of this song) deliver and are fantastic. ~Your Eyes~9/10 good, emotional song but I still like adam in One Song Glory better ~Finale B~9/10 like the song but the whole i jumped over the moooooo thing takes away from the beautiful moment. still great and the harmonies are fantastic. overall, great CD. get this one and the movie version. both are fantastic and both have their moments of weakness and greatness. overall great! Adam Pascal is Roger. Anthony Rapp is Mark. Taye Diggs is Benny. Jesse L. Martin is Collins. Wilson Heredia is Angel. Idina Menzel is Maureen. Daphne Rubin-Vega is Mimi. Fredi Walker is Joanne. Tracie Thoms is Joanne in the movie version. Rosario Dawson is Mimi in the movie and the rest are the same in OBC and movie! Enjoy!

Can't touch the original

I love the original and frequently play the entire 2 disc set. As I knew they would, they cut some of the shorter songs for the movie to fit with their re-telling (retailing?) of the story. Originally, most of act I takes place on Christmas Eve. They stretch over several days in the movie. About half way through I finally stopped making comparisons and just enjoyed the movie. I still cried my eyes out at the appropriate moments. The movie is good. I still prefer the opera. The original broadway soundtrack is much better with richer, deeper sound and sounds less over produced. Just my $0.02.

Why Compare?

Wow...so many people hear the Movie Soundtrack and quickly point out flaws to the OBC Recording... BUt, the OBC recording was out first, so the flaws would therefore be in the movie. But im just confusing myself so whatever.. I love BOTH recordings..though to my dismay i only own Highlights of the OBC. I would recommend buying both albums because they are completely different! I love rent, i am going to see it on broadway in 35 days, and as of right now ive seen the movie nine times. Rent is just a moving expirience. If you are clueless to what RENT even is, stop reading and go buy the album =)

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