Song:Seasons Of Love
Album:Rent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Rent was a hit Broadway musical in the 90s and it was turned into a film in 2005. The signature song that opened the film Seasons Of Love was a top 40 pop hit. The music for Rent was written by Jonathan Larson based on the opera La Boheme. He had written other shows but Rent made him famous. Then he died in 1996. Rent opened on Broadway in 1996. It was a huge hit and won several Tonys. Then there was talk about turning it into a film. Robert DeNiro's company Tribeca produced the film. The director was Chris Columbus who did some Harry Potter films among other things. Columbus wanted to use as many of the original cast as possible. Jesse L. Martin, Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal and Idina Menzel all reprised their roles from the original cast. Fredi Walker played Joanne in the original show. She turned down the movie because she thought she looked too old. Tracie Thoms played Joanne in the film. Seasons Of Love leads off the film and the single reached #33 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tracie Thoms and Jesse L. Martin are the soloists. Martin is best known for his work on TV especially his long run on the TV series Law & Order. He is currently set to play Marvin Gaye in a biopic to be directed by Julien Temple. Tracie Thoms is best known for her run on the TV cop drama Cold Case. She has appeared in films like The Devil Wears Prada and Death Proof and is currently working on a remake of the musical Annie starring Jamie Foxx set for 2014 release. The film Rent got mixed reviews and did OK at the box office. The soundtrack is available in a 2CD package. Here's Tracie Thoms, Jessie L. Martin and company performing Seasons Of Love on Ellen Nov. 2005.