Seasons Of Love : The Theme Of Love And Rent

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Most of us faintly remember fables, songs, and even movies that entailed important life lessons that we use throughout life, such as The Three Little Pigs, Romeo and Juliet, and even The Wizard of Oz. Retelling the summary is the easy part; but what about the message the author is trying to convey? Luckily, Broadway has found a solution to this, as well as broadening the audience of interest by diversifying the cast, and "compromising" the script of these original pieces so more of America can relate. Stories told from a new, contemporary, perspective can motivate new and diverse audiences to understand lessons to stories they always overlooked, ultimately changing their entire perspective on life.

One Broadway musical that swept the stage with attention was Rent. Rent takes place in the East Village of New York City from the late 1980's to the early 1990's. Rent targets a more pensive topic: HIV/AIDS. The story efficiently depicts the hardships of poverty, drug abuse, and financial struggle from the perspective of people who were HIV/AIDS positive back when scientists didn't know much about the stigma or how to treat it. In the film, the song, Seasons of Love, was performed. "How do you measure, measure a year"(Seasons of Love; Rent) was the question highlighted in the entire song. The purpose of the song was to help a specific audience cope with the inevitable by emphasizing the fact that the span of a life isn't measured by the physical sense, more so the memories and

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