I love today's conversation but I hope it isn't an entirely a self-serving time for me to geek out about something I love. When I was 8 years old I became obsessed with Rent, the musical by Jonathan Larson that became a super hit in the mid 90s. Meanwhile across the state another kid, today's guest Danny Kornfeld also knew every word to the original broadway cast recording and fell in love with the show. Cut to 2016 and that young Renthead is playing the staring role in the show's 20th anniversary tour and today he's talking to me all about how that dream came true. Danny Kornfeld is a talented actor and his staring role in Rent comes after extensive performance experience, studying theater at Syracuse University, and moving to New York City to pursue a career in the theater. It was incredible to get to hear about what led Danny this role as well as explore the reflections that art have on his life and how they've inspired him to be himself more fully in real life. He is so thoughtful around his approach to his work and what it brings to the world. One of his favorite lines from Rent is “Give in to love, or live in fear". In my latest newsletter where I sent my recent reflections on love. The relevance of this line now in our current world shows the relevance Rent still has socially and politically 20 years later. I'm grateful the podcast allows me to connect with interesting people with similar interests like Danny and I'm real excited to see him perform tonight (on the day this is published I'm going to the show here in Detroit). I know regardless of your relationship to the piece you'll enjoy this tangental conversation, but warning, it might make you a new Renthead too...
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Notes from the show:
-RENT soundtrack — how we were both first introduced to and fell in love with RENT... La Vie Boheme is one of our favorite numbers
-We talk about Jonathan Larson, the original playwright and composer for RENT
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