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No Day But Today

Updated on April 23, 2014

My Love For Musicals.

On one fine day in the city of Manhattan, my family and I went to see Chorus Line, the Broadway musical that captivated audiences over its course. This was back in the 80's and it was the first time I was exposed to live musical theater. I guess you could say that was the day I became a fan of live theater.


Years later, I had another opportunity to visit New York. There were at least three musicals that I wanted to see and fortunately for me, my group of friends who tagged along also enjoyed them as well. We enjoyed every single show during the trip but I became obsessed with one in particular- it was a rock musical that was known as Rent.

Rent-The Musical

RENT, loosely based on Puccini's La Boheme, follows the story of a group of friend's in New York. Each character played brilliantly by the cast, is colorful, alive and unique. The story celebrates art, ,music, sex and the bond of friendship. Rent was written in the 80's, and inspired by real life, the writer puts the spotlight on some of his closest friends who he's lost to AIDS. Despite the serious theme, RENT is ultimately about the celebration of love and life itself.

Rent especially touched a nerve in me because I myself had lost a couple of my best friends to AIDS back in the day before medication. The show brought back painful memories that had been pushed to the back of my mind and I was practically drowning in tears by the end of the show. However the story is not all about tragedy. Rent made me laugh and cry, reminding me of my own younger days of innocence past. In the end, I felt ecstatic to be alive and reminded once again, that there truly is "No Day But Today".

So how was the movie?

When I first heard that they were making a movie version with the original cast I was naturally excited but, at the same time, afraid that the movie would be ruined. It's like movies based on books-they usually disappoint. While nothing could replace the actual live show, they did a rather good job with this one and is a good representation of the stage show.

If you've seen the Broadway show, you'll notice a few changes to the movie-changing some of the minor songs into dialogue and filming on location and using bigger sets-to name a few, but this works and it's probably for the best for a 2-hour movie. If you're a fan of musicals or ever have been a "Renthead", I truly recommend adding RENT-The Movie to your DVD collection.

The Two-DVD Special Edition

This two-disc special edition includes some interesting goodies. In the nearly 2-hour documentary, we learn about the story behind the creation of RENT as well as interviews with friends and family of Jonathan Larson, the writer of RENT, who tragically died before opening night. The special DVD also includes three powerful numbers that were deleted from the movie ( they were included in the stage version ), making the special edition a must-have for any Renthead.

I Love My RENT

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Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway

Rent saw it's last performance of Broadway on September 7, 2008 but you can relive it again at home. Filmed live on its last performance in New York.

 
Rent (2005 Movie Soundtrack)
Rent (2005 Movie Soundtrack)

I like to pop this CD into the player while I clean the house. Another great addition to your music library.

 

If you've never seen RENT, check out these videos to some of my favorite songs including Seasons of Love, Rent Life Support Song and No Day But Today.

Seasons Of Love performed live on Broadway. This is the song RENT is famous for.

One of my favorite scenes from the movie. This scene is at an AIDS support group.

Even if you're not a fan of RENT, this is a beautiful and uplifting song. The show ends with this song called No Day But Today.

Have you ever seen RENT the Broadway show or the movie? Please feel free to leave your thoughts.

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      bpratt lm 3 years ago

      This is hands down my favorite movie ever! I haven't seen the Broadway version but I would absolutely die if I got the opportunity to. Thanks for the outstanding review!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I haven't seen it, but certainly know of it - I haven't seen many musicals but love them! Great review as well :)

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice review, I don't know this one at all but it certainly looks like a goodie. Just seen it on Squidoo Reviews on Tumblr, click the link and here I am, looking good.

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      bdkz 3 years ago

      Love this! We just put you on Tumblr: http://squidooreviews.tumblr.com/.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I haven't seen this one. Great review though. You do make me think it should be on my wish list!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: Chorus Line was good too.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @flinnie lm: I urge you to watch it.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I am not familiar with this. I have seen A Chorus Line, though.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi no I have not seen it yet. Thank for the review, it sound like a great movie.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: The music is really what makes this show.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Yeah, I still love it even after the umpteenth time!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Yes , I loved it and saw it several times.

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      VinnWong 4 years ago

      I like this musical. It really is something that everyone should do a favour for themselves and watch.

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Rent had a long run in Toronto - I loved the music I heard played often on radio (I didn't see the show, though).

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ayannavenus: yay! Thank you

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      ayannavenus 4 years ago

      Love it!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: I love RENT for being it's rawness and honesty. Hope you have a chance to watch it at least once.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: I'm glad you liked the music. One of the reasons why I loved it so much.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyleather: In that case, I urge you to watch it pronto! :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Rent pieces in the trailers I've seen are so enlivening, but it's not something I've viewed yet.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I've not yet seen this musical, but oh how I love the music you shared here. Wow. I'd give anything to be able to sing like that. Awesome! Can see why you like it so much.

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Never seen it I'm afraid! never even heard of it, to be honest!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @aka-rms: Me too! Thank you for reading.

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      Loved the musical!