Rent (Musical)

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Canal Room Celebrates 10 Years With '80s Tribute Nights Featuring Constantine Maroulis

    On Saturday nights, off the often grimy but consistently pulsating strip that is Canal Street, lives a world of neon, spandex and hairspray. Those evenings, Jessie's Girl, an '80s tribute band, rolls up on stage around 11:30pm to packed crowds at Canal Room to perform a string of nostalgic and spark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    The 10 Best Theater Duets In History

    I just performed a little conversational duet with myself and picked the best of the musical twosomes. We both agreed that these are the finest: (10) "Bosom Buddies" from Mame Such a zippy campfest between two drag queens! I mean two women! The fun of this Jerry Herman number is that in pretendi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Say Goodbye to Life Cafe, Manganaro

    Life Cafe, the Alphabet City hangout that inspired Jonathan Larson's musical "Rent," is set to close. [NY Daily News] Veronica People's Club, "a weird, wonderful little bar with some of the best and most unassuming cocktails in Greenpoint" is shutting down. [Flavorpill]

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Life Café (Birthplace of Rent) Shutters

    Life CafeLife Café, now lifeless ​A bit of sad news for East Village residents. Yesterday evening, Kathy Kirkpatrick shuttered her longstanding Life Café "until further notice." According to a note posted on her website, building repairs that were supposed to be completed a year ago need to ... More >>

  • Theater

    August 17, 2011

    Rent Gets a New Lease on Life

    Revived Off-Broadway, Jonathan Larson's famous musical gives reason for some tears, and some cheers

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Rent Is Back: My Review

    ​Remember when shows used to move to a larger theater? Well, they still do that, but then after they shut down, they move back to a smaller theater. This provides some kind of economic closure, I guess. So the award winning Jonathan Larson musical Rent is now at New World Stages.

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Michael Greif, Director, and Angela Wendt, Costume Designer, Revisit Rent

    Joan Marcus​Since 1996, the musical Rent has entered the musical theater pantheon, won a Pulitzer, and been praised, parodied, and panned (when it made its way to the screen). Now, three years after the show closed its Broadway run after 12 years in 2008, a revival is in previews at New World ... More >>

  • Theater

    May 18, 2011
  • Voice Choices

    March 2, 2011


    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas turns 40

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Drag Takes Over Broadway!

    ​The Great White Way has become the the Great White Gay, with heels on! Next month, the great Harvey Fierstein will take over the role of Albin in La Cage aux Folles (the show he wrote the book for), and Wilson Jermaine Heredia, who once donned drag for Rent, will play the cross-dressing maid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    2010 Pulitzer Prizes: The Breakdown!

    ​It's that magical time of year again when the uppity nerds of Columbia University bestow upon the people their picks for this year's Best Writing Stuff. And we're going to attempt to add some context to these proceedings as they happen. So, here, we're live-blogging the Pulitzer Prizes. Unfor ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 16, 2010


    Green Day does showtunes

  • Music

    November 17, 2009

    West Africa Story: Fela! on Broadway

    A fantastic new musical will soon find out just how fantastic it has to be to survive

  • Voice Choices

    January 28, 2009


    National Tour hits Newark

  • Voice Choices

    October 1, 2008


    Taye Diggs's latest explores the election season

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    '[title of show]' Targets the 'Mos

    Musical Mondays at the gay club Splash was extra packed with theater queens this week because actual Broadway stars—the cast of [title of show]—were set to work their magic onstage at midnight. Before they went on, the crowd sang along to numbers from Rent, Wicked, and anything else with Idina M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008

    Rent Star Lives La Vie Boheme

    Daphne Rubin-Vega at Joe's Pub, photo by Broadway World The probing and lively Theater Talk is the go-to show for Broadway buzz, with your yin-yang hosts Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel serving as your proverbial ushers. I just shot a segment for them with Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rent's original Mimi, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008

    The Color Purple in the Red?

    The cast of Broadway's The Color Purple have been told the show is closing on Feburary 24, according to a poster on's allthatchat messageboard. Can an anonymous Broadway queen actually be a good source? Absolutely—in fact, one of them broke the story about Rent closing by postin ... More >>

  • News

    September 26, 2006

    This Is Constantine Maroulis. He Wishes You Knew That.

    In which an American Idol runner-up tops it all by blow-drying his chest

  • News

    April 25, 2006
  • Specials

    November 22, 2005
  • Film

    November 15, 2005

    Rent Stabilized

    Columbus's movie version is stiff, stolid, and stuck in an excruciatingly detailed past

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
  • Columns

    July 27, 2004
  • NYC Life

    November 4, 2003
  • Art

    August 26, 2003

    Open Admission

    High Culture on a Low Budget

  • Columns

    June 17, 2003
  • Theater

    April 22, 2003

    The Beautiful Noise

    The Expanding Role of Theater Sound Design

  • Columns

    February 5, 2002
  • News

    June 26, 2001


    Munchausen by Internet Breeds a Generation of Fakers

  • Theater

    June 19, 2001
  • Columns

    June 6, 2000
  • Theater

    December 21, 1999
  • News

    August 10, 1999

    B Is For Bistro

    The Bittersweet Transformation of Avenue B

  • Specials

    November 17, 1998
  • Theater

    October 20, 1998
  • Books

    October 6, 1998