New York City 's East Village

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“How do you measure a year in the life? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee, in inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.” This is the song from the Broadway musical hit Rent. The play is a perfect mix of catchy rock songs, real life problems and experiences with exciting characters and storylines that made the show destined to be a hit. And a hit it became, as it is a winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama. The play is set in New York City’s East Village during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s. The story focuses on eight impoverished young artists whom are struggling with addiction, AIDS and hope. The play was written in 1993 by Jonathan Larson, whom based it loosely off of Puccini’s La Boheme. The production was initially performed in an Off-Broadway theatre until it was moved in 1996 to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre. With its success, director Chris Columbus transitioned the play into a film in 2005. The film has proven to be an even bigger success and even became an important part of American culture. The storyline with its breakthrough themes have shed a light into the struggles and life during this time period. The musical and film have important comparisons and differences throughout, which this paper will highlight, along with its elements. Rent follows eight impoverished friends struggling to stay alive such as Mark. Mark is an aspiring filmmaker struggling to find his place in the world and his

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