Friday, June 10, 2005

seasons of love

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Let me join the bandwagon (thanks to the Sundial Girl), and gush about how wonderful the upcoming Rent film seems to be, based on the trailer (download it here - you need Quicktime). The film reunites most of the original Broadway cast along with Rosario Dawson and is truly something to look forward to.

This is one of my most favorite musicals ever. Everything about it, from playcraft to lyrics to music is superb. It is a story about identity, desperation, hope, friendship, time, loss, dreams and longing - a celebration of life in the face of everyday deaths. I encountered it first as music, then got to see the play and was utterly, utterly moved. It is rare when words and music and staging attain that elusive and peculiar alchemical truth - and Rent does it in practically every scene.

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