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'RENT' Live on Fox

The Guzman Law Group is proud to represent the Estate of Jonathan Larson, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize, Award-winning author of "RENT."  The firm and the Larson's agent, Jonathan Mills of Paradigm, have negotiated a deal with the FOX NETWORK for the live presentation of the musical that will be produced by award-winning Marc Platt Productions and Julie Larson.  Read the recent announcement to the entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter.

Lost in a Digital Translation: An inside look at Digital Curating

Doug Reside is the Digital Curator at the New York Public Library. Over the last ten years we have had the pleasure of working with Doug on many occasions. Doug recently wrote a blog post titled, "'No Day But Today': A look at Jonathan Larson's Word Files". His post illustrated some of the challenges that occurred while preserving Larson's digital works. I found it interesting and wanted to share it with you. The following is an excerpt:

"The final draft of RENT on Larson's disks was saved at 12:38 PM on Monday, January 15 using a copy of Microsoft Word 5.1 for the Macintosh.  Opening this file with a vintage copy of the software, it's possible to see the file more or less as Larson saw it in 1996.

When I open the same file with a simple text editor like Text Wrangler, though, the text appears to be somewhat different... [Y]ou can see the line "Before the virus takes hold" appears as "Before you enter the light" looking at the same file!  What's going on? "

Click here to read the post in its entirety

RENT – Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Yes!!!!!!!!  RENT…….AT……….THE………HOLLYWOOD………BOWL.

September of 2008 brought the end of the Broadway run of RENT and in February of this year, the last Broadway company finished its tour.  Yet, we still have some great things to look forward to.

Neil Patrick Harris, who played Mark Cohen in the Los Angeles company of RENT in 1997 has signed on to direct the Bowl performances and the music will be directed by Tim Weil, musical director for RENT for its run of over 12 years on Broadway.  The rest of the cast has yet to be announced, but it’s safe to say that the Bowl productions will attract some excellent talent.

I don’t yet know if the productions are going to include any use of the L.A. Philharmonic, which is common at the Bowl, but it does perk my curiosity a bit.  I mean, RENT doesn’t really lend itself to complicated orchestration, but then again this is a very non-traditional venue and production for Broadway musicals and, well, who knows what they’re planning?

Honestly, I’m just writing this because I’m excited.  When I began working at Guzman Law Group, my only task was to make legal sense of the entire body of work of Jonathan Larson – move rights here and there, assign copyright to this and that – normal lawyer stuff.  It sounded like a simple task, and for the most part it was.

I had seen RENT twice.  It moved me.  That was about all I knew.  I didn’t know that its creator, Jonathan Larson, had passed away only hours before the off-Broadway opening of RENT.  I didn’t know that RENT had gone from off-Broadway to Broadway in three months.  I didn’t know that RENT was in the top 10 longest running musicals in Broadway history.  I didn’t know that, in 1996 (the year RENT opened), Jonathan was posthumously awarded 4 Tony awards (including Best Musical), the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 6 Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Musical) and a Grammy (among others).

There will be three shows at the Bowl – August 6-8 – and en total just over 51,000 people will have the opportunity to see the largest productions of RENT ever undertaken.

Hope to see you there.