'Rent' turns 25: How Jonathan Larson's 'unusual' rock musical became a cathartic Broadway phenomenon

It was 1994 and Anthony Rapp was working at a Starbucks when he auditioned for a new musical called “Rent,” a gritty update of Puccini opera “La Boheme” set in New York City’s East Village. “My agent described it as a rock opera based on ‘La Boheme,’ and the phrase ‘rock opera’ didn’t exactly fill …

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