"Rent" still wowing 'em


The revival of the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical "Rent" returned home to New York in an off-Broadway production at New World Stages earlier this year.

And the entire cast stopped by "The Early Show on Saturday Morning" for a special holiday performance in our "Second Cup Cafe."

They sang two classic numbers from the show: the title song, "Rent," and "Seasons of Love."

And "Rent"'s two leads, Matt Shingledecker and Adam Chanler-Berat, chatted with co-anchors Russ Mitchell and Rebecca Jarvis.

The breakthrough musical tells the story of a group of young artists struggling in Manhattan's East Village in the early '90s, as they attempt to overcome and understand various obstacles, including AIDS, homelessness, poverty, lack of healthcare and homophobia.

Matt plays Roger Davis, a struggling musician who is HIV-positive and hopes to write one last meaningful song before he dies. Adam portrays Mark Cohen, a filmmaker and video artist, and Roger's roommate.

"Rent" originally opened in February 1996 and had a 12-year run.

"Rent" is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama. In all, "Rent" garnered four Tonys, six Drama Desk Awards, two Theatre World Awards, and Obie Awards for its creator, director, and entire cast.

The "Seasons of Love" performance:

The "Rent" performance:

The interview:

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