Rent Turns 25

March 31, 2021
Rent Turns 25
“525,600 minutes – how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes – how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? …Seasons of love.”

Larson wrote these lyrics for the famous Broadway play "Rent"- a retelling of the opera "La Boheme" – in NYC during the HIV epidemic. Larson, 35, died from an aortic aneurysm the day of the play's first public performance, 25 years ago today. Rent went on to earn international acclaim, a Pulitzer Prize & a Tony Award.

13,140,000 Minutes: It’s Been 25 Years Since The First Performance Of ‘Rent’Listen to an interview with the original cast.

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES ARCHIVE 1996: On the Eve of a New Life, an Untimely Death A timeline of Jonathan Larson’s final days: READ HERE

by Jenna Lee,