What they say is true, every single word. "Rent" came to mean something very special for audiences who could so identify with the world it depicted. Afterwards, on walls inside and outside the theatre, they would write their heartfelt tributes. No longer did they feel alone, but uplifted - on stage there had been evidence others UNDERSTOOD.
After twelve such years, here we have the emotionally charged final performance. Actually it helps to explore the excellent bonuses before watching it - all the better to appreciate the strain the cast was under, everyone determined to do full justice to Jonathan Larson's memory. He, who created the show, never lived to see it performed. His parents were there on that last night, they visibly overwhelmed by the love that abounded. For years there had been another moving tribute to Jonathan. He himself had been too poor to afford theatre prices. There were so many others like him. The show's organizers before each performance would thus hold a lottery, lucky winners allowed in at a greatly reduced cost. Yes, here was a man to whom the cast owed everything. Now was the last chance to pay tribute.
The performance itself? Suffice it to say, they do him proud - even the hardest of hearts can scarcely fail to be moved.
"I can't believe this is goodbye." It isn't. Believe it!