The groundbreaking Broadway smash hit ‘RENT’ celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a tour across America

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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It’s been over 10,512,000 minutes since RENT took the world by storm in 1996, well over 525,600. But as Jonathan Larson’s original rock musical readies its 20th anniversary tour, it’s clear that every one of those minutes has indeed been measured in love.

The off-Broadway world premiere of RENT, a re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, took place on February 13, 1996. The hit show transferred to Broadway on April 29 of the same year and went on to captivate audiences worldwide. It even inspired a 2005 film adaptation of the same name, featuring much of the original Broadway cast and earning nearly $30 million domestically.

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09.07.17 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Musical theater is god to me. Yes, I subscribe to the idea that theater is spelled with an er not re at the end. Theatre is like pineapple on pizza. It’s weird. It just doesn’t belong. I digress.

Broadway ranks at the top of the list of my favorite things, right next to Air Supply, of course. I’m holding out for the day I get to see the Broadway show based on Air Supply songs. Can you imagine? My gay heart would explode! Until then, it’s enough for me sit in the park and watch American Stage Theatre Company put on Hairspray, or go to the Calvary Church to see Central Florida Community Arts’ concert version of Titanic: The Musical. Both were incredible, by the way. We are lucky to have such amazing local talent bringing to life Broadway shows that many people don’t get a chance to experience. We are also fortunate to have fabulous venues for Broadway tours to entertain us.

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Watermark Giveaway: RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour at the Straz Center in Tampa

By : Jeremy Williams
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RENT was a more than a Broadway musical, it was a movement. Twenty years after Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking show won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it is back and its themes of life, death and love are still as relevant today as the day it opened on Broadway.

RENT is coming to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts this month and we want to send you to opening night. We are giving away three pairs of tickets to the Sept. 19 show.

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Wilson Cruz and Anthony Rapp reunite for gay ‘Star Trek’ storyline

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Rent” alums Wilson Cruz and Anthony Rapp will reunite on the small screen in a gay storyline for CBS All Access’ upcoming series, “Star Trek: Discovery.”

Rapp announced at San Diego Comic Con over the weekend that Cruz would join him as his love interest in the show.

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The reigning queen of Broadway, Idina Menzel, is on top of the world and she isn’t letting it go anytime soon

By : Jeremy Williams
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Idina Menzel has the billion-dollar voice – that is billion with a “B.” It is in no small part because of that voice singing the hit song “Let It Go” that Disney’s Oscar-winning animated musical Frozen became the highest-grossing animated film of all time with a $1.2 billion worldwide box-office showing. Menzel’s powerful vocals in Wicked also began that Broadway musical’s ascension over the billion-dollar mark, which it crossed in 2016, only the third time that feat has been accomplished on Broadway.

The Tony-winning Broadway icon released her fifth studio album, Idina., in September 2016, starred in Lifetime’s remake of Beaches and will soon begin recording the voice of Queen Elsa for the much anticipated animated sequel, Frozen 2.

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‘Rent’ announced as Fox’s next live musical

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fox’s next live production event will be the Tony-winning musical, “Rent,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The rock musical, loosely based on the Italian opera “La bohème” by Giacomo Puccini, will be adapted for the small screen by executive producer Marc Platt (“La La Land,” “Wicked”) and the estate of the late “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson.

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Watermark’s 2017 Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem – OPENING ROUND

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Last year, we asked you to tell us who the Ultimate LGBTQ Icon is. After four rounds of a knockdown,drag-out brawl and a few surprises (Adam Lambert brought down Lady Gaga!) you named the first openly gay person to be elected to American public office, Harvey Milk, the winner.

This year, we are asking our beloved readers and fans to pick another LGBTQ Ultimate, the Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem.

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FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando 2017-2018 season announced

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ORLANDO – The announcement for the 2017-2018 season at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts took place on Feb. 2.

The season consists of nine musicals including The Book of Mormon, Disney’s The Lion King and Rent.

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Watermark Giveaway: RENT: 20th Anniversary tour, at The Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach

By : Jeremy Williams
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Watermark wants to send you and a guest to see the 20th Anniversary tour of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical RENT at The Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 PM.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us your favorite song from RENT.

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Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project hosts “Love is the Cure” concert to raise money for PWAs

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – Fifteen talented musical performers will donate their time and talents to the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project’s newest fundraiser on April 27. The show, Love is the Cure, is a showcase of love songs from the musical theater stage.

SATP creator Garry Breul has made it his life’s work to raise money for people suffering with HIV and AIDS, and he remains committed to raising money that goes directly to those individuals, not organizations.

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Issue 21.22: We Have The Power

By : Jake Stevens
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We have the power: With the gubernatorial election so close, LGBT voters could very well put Crist back in Tallahassee, COWP boasts 150,000, Sarasota Pride celebrates 25 years, Gay couple keep things spooky in Old Town, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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‘Rent—In Concert’ is the newest offering from the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project

By : Aaron Alper
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Sarasota – Rent is a time-honored musical amongst the LGBT community. It’s a story of a group of impoverished young artists living in Alphabet City in NYC while living under the nightmare of the initial onslaught of AIDS. It’s the perfect musical for the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project to present Nov. 3 and 10 at Florida Studio Theatre.

Rather than being maudlin or prone of victimizing it’s gay characters (as many Hollywood movies are want to do) Rent imparted a message of hope amidst the decimation and that is probably the reason why it continues to be relevant more than 20 years after its debut.

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