"Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway - the Final Performance" DVD. Color, Dolby, Widescreen, 165 minutes, 1 disc. Released February 3rd, 2009. Music, lyrics, and book by Jonathon Larson. Starring Will Chase as Roger, Adam Kantor as Mark, Michael McElroy as Collins, Tracie Thoms as Joanne, Justin Johnston as Angel, Rene Elise Goldsberry as Mimi, Eden Espinosa as Maureen and original cast members Rodney Hicks, who steps into the role of Benny, and Gwen Stewart as the "Seasons of Love" soloist.
Special features include: - "Rent: The Final Days on Broadway" - A Retrospective documentary featuring cast and crew - "The Final Curtain Call" - Past/present cast members sing "Seasons of Love" on stage one last time - "The Wall" - A rare look at the famous backstage wall - "The Final Lottery" - Hundreds of fans turn out hoping to be one of the lucky few fans chosen to sit in the front 2 rows for the very last show - National Marfan Foundation PSA
RENT, the ground breaking Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical ran for an impressive 12 years on Broadway, and on Sunday, September 7, 2008, Sony Pictures Releasing's new alternative programming division THE HOT TICKET was there to capture the final Broadway performance live on film.
Jonathan Larson's revolutionary rock musical RENT provides a modern interpretation of the iconic opera La Boheme and tells the story of a group of friends struggling to live and pay rent against the gritty background of New York's East Village while holding fast to their bohemian ideals and pursuits. Confronting poverty, addiction, illness and the AIDS epidemic, these young artists strive to get ahead, find acceptance, and above all, establish a connection to their world and each other.
Filmed by Radical Media utilizing the latest in high-definition video and digital audio technology, director Michael Warren takes us on an enhanced journey through the music, lyrics, and images of this historic piece of live entertainment. RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway allows viewers to experience the show like never before, not only from the best seats in New York's famed Nederlander Theatre, but from the stage and wings, where cameras capture the raw emotion of the cast's performance.