Broadway Bids Rent Adieu

Musical Theater buffs, break out the Kleenex. After nine hundred thirty thousand, one hundred eighty minutes the curtain is closing on Rent. Nearly 12 years ago the rock version of Puccini’s La Boheme opened on Broadway to both critical and mass acclaim — the story about AIDS in the 1990’s deeply resonated with crowds all over the world. Sadly poetic, the musical’s creator, Jonathan Larson, died of the disease just two weeks before the play debuted. It went on to win four Tony Awards, including best musical, and the Pulitzer Prize, and inspired hundreds of tourists to descend upon the East Village on top of tour buses. The final show will be June 1st. So we wonder what iconic yet youthful musical will replace Rent on-stage? Perhaps a Britney-fied musical version of Madame Bovary? [NY Times]