What's Inconsistent about Rent?
I ponder this important mystery.
I Don’t Hate Everything.
My friend, composer/lyricist Christie Baugher, shared this article with me: Can ‘Candide,’ ‘Rent’ and ‘Spamalot’ Ever Truly Be Revived? [gift link], and pointed out this section to me:
An author should be so lucky as to have that problem, but it nevertheless is a problem. So is the meta-tragedy surrounding “Rent,” whose author, Jonathan Larson, died at 35 in the hours just before the show’s scheduled premiere. The work has essentially been frozen as he left it that day in 1996. Thom Allison, who directed Stratford’s production, told me that permission for even the tiniest change in the script, to correct an acknowledged inconsistency, was denied by the estate’s representatives.
Readers, I asked myself: what is the acknowledged inconsistency? The comments offer no firm answers. Here are some theories I’m putting forth:
If there’s anything that doesn’t offer a break from the grind of New York life in one’s twenties, it’s the infamously risky and time-consuming restaurant industry, regardless of location.
A completed song should not sound better than a song trying to complete a song.
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