‘Revolution Rent': Doc Traces How a Hit Broadway Play Helped Bridge Cuba and LGBTQ Culture (Video)

‘Revolution Rent': Doc Traces How a Hit Broadway Play Helped Bridge Cuba and LGBTQ Culture (Video)
In December 2014, Andy Señor Jr., a member of the original Broadway cast of “Rent,” staged the beloved musical in his native Cuba. It was the country’s first American production in 50 years and its last since. Señor’s new Neil Patrick Harris-produced documentary, “Revolution Rent,” details the process of preparing the show amid personal and political complications.

A tale of impoverished NYC artists struggling to survive against the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, “Rent” became a generation-defining musical following its 1996 premiere. The show’s rock sound, diverse cast and taboo themes resonated with a whole new audience of theatergoers who did not see themselves in the Disney adaptations and old-school revivals that dominated Broadway in the 1990s.

Señor originated the role of Angel Dumott Schunard, a drag queen percussionist who if you’re familiar with his namesake from “La Boheme” – the opera the Tony-winning musical is loosely based
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