Mimi is a drug-addicted whore. Roger is a rocker. Angel is a drag queen. Perhaps most shocking of all, Angels boyfriend is a former MIT professor. And Mark Cohen is trying to get them all onto film, because Mark is a wannabe filmmaker who hopes to become a famous movie director one day. None of these people can pay the rent. Thus the title of Jonathan Larsons record-breaking Rent, the 90s rock opera based on Puccinis La boheme that has played to millions and introduced the MTV generation to the very notion of musical theater that didnt suck.
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Nearly Naked Theatres energetic new production, now playing at Phoenix Theatres Little Theatre, certainly doesnt. Director Damon Dering has brought together a talented, youthful cast to make one of his all-time favorite musicals really sing.
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