|Date(s):||1996 (off-Broadway, Broadway); 2005 (film)|
|Medium:||musical theater, film|
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Rent (or sometimes RENT) has won four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards, one Pulitzer Prize, and the hearts of millions of theater-goers all over the world. It ran for 12 years on Broadway and has toured pretty much continually since its opening. It was also adapted into a film in 2005.
Fans of the show are often called Rentheads. They see the show as often as they can, wherever they can, and like to share stories of their experiences at the show and of meeting the cast. While the show was on Broadway, a number of front-row tickets would be sold day-of for $20. Fans would camp out for hours - sometimes overnight - in hopes of obtaining one of these tickets. As this was a new phenomenon for Broadway at the time, it attracted media attention.
A fan who was a member of a Rent mailing list and met up with other fans to attend Broadway shows was revealed to be faking a terminal illness for attention and sympathy from fellow Rentheads as well as the Broadway cast members.
- A Quiet Sort of Revolutionary by eudaimon, a Tom Collins character essay for idol_reflection (June 2006)
- Emotion, Devotion: Connection in an Isolating Age by harmonyangel, a Mark/Roger essay for ship_manifesto (June 2005)
- "I Should Tell You ..." by emilystarr1, a later Mark/Roger essay for ship_manifesto (May 2009)
Links & Resources
- Rent Slash comm at Livejournal
- Rent comm at LJ
- RENT for BASTARDS at LJ
- THE RENT SPEED CONTEST at LJ
- RENT fic at FanFiction.net
- works tagged Rent at the AO3
- STOMP, a former fansite for trading audio recordings of the show
- Anna's Page, fansite
- Anthony Alley, Fansite for original cast member Anthony Rapp
- New York Daily News, Every Day a "Rent" Party: Hardcore Fans of the Musical Form a Squatters Camp at the Box Office, 3 March 1997
- Philadelphia Gay News, Time for ‘Rent’, 14 August 1998; and Philadelphia Inquirer, `Rentheads' faithfully do the Line, 23 August 1998
- Playbill, Rent Changing "Rush" Policy, 10 July 1997
- Francine Russo for The Village Voice. Cybersickness: Munchausen by Internet Breeds a Generation of Fakers. 26 June 2001. (Archived by the Wayback Machine 01 December 2008.)
- This American Life, Episode 155: Hoaxing Yourself (transcript). 17 March 2000. Anthony Rapp is among those interviewed.