RENT [Act Two]

“Seasons Of Love”

COMPANY
525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear.
525,600 minutes – how do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.
In 525,600 minutes – how do you measure a year in the life?
How about love? How about love? How
about love? Measure in love.
Seasons of love.

SOLOISTS 1&2
525,600 minutes! 525,000 journeys to plan.
525,600 minutes – how can you measure the life of a woman or man?

SOLOIST 1
In truths that she
learned,

SOLOIST 2
Or in times that he cried.

SOLOIST 1
In bridges he burned,

SOLOIST 2
Or the way that she died….

COMPANY
It’s time now to sing out,
the story never ends let’s celebrate remember a year in the life of friends.
How about love!
How about love! How about love!
Measure in love.
Seasons of love! Seasons of love.

“Happy New Year A”

MARK
Pan to the padlocked door. New Year’s Rocking Eve. The
breaking-back-into-the-building party…

MIMI
How long till next year?

ROGER
Three and half minutes…

MIMI
I’m giving up my vices
I’m going back — back to school
Eviction or not
This week’s been so hot
That long as I’ve got you
I know I’ll be cool

I couldn’t crack the love code, dear
‘Til you made the lock on my heart explode
It’s gonna be a happy new year
A happy new year

MARK
Coast is clear
You’re supposed to be working
That’s for midnight
Where are they?
There isn’t much time

MIMI
Maybe they’re dressing
I mean what does one wear that’s apropos
For a party — that’s also a crime

MAUREEN
Chips, anyone?

MARK
You can take the girl out of Hicksville
But you can’t take the Hicksville out of the girl

MAUREEN
My riot got you on TV
I deserve a royalty

MIMI
Be nice you two
Or no god awful champagne

MAUREEN
Don’t mind if I do
No luck?

ROGER
Bolted plywood, padlocked with a chain
A total dead end

MAUREEN
Just like my ex-girlfriend
[on cellular phone]
Honey…?
I know you’re there …
Please pick up the phone
Are you okay?
It’s not funny
It’s not fair
How can I atone?
Are you okay?
I lose control
But I can learn to behave
Give me one more chance
Let me be your slave

I’ll kiss your Doc Martens
Let me kiss your Doc Martens
Your every wish I will obey

JOANNE
That might be okay
Down girl
Heel…stay
I did a bit of research
With my friends at legal aid
Technically, you’re squatters
There’s hope
But just in case

MARK & JOANNE
Rope!

MARK
We can hoist a line —

JOANNE
To the fire escape —

MARK
And tie off at…

MARK & JOANNE
That bench!

MAUREEN
I can’t take them as chums

JOANNE
Start hoisting…wench

ROGER
I think I should be laughing
Yet I forget
Forget how to begin
I’m feeling something inside
And yet I still can’t decide
If I should hide
Or make a wide open grin
Last week I wanted just to disappear
My life was dust
But now it just may be a happy new year
A happy new year

COLLINS
Bond — James Bond

ANGEL
And Pussy Galore — in person

MIMI
Pussy — you came prepared

ANGEL
I was a boy scout once
And a brownie
‘Til some brat got scared

COLLINS (to MIMI)
Aha! Moneypenny — my martini!

MIMI
Will bad champagne do?

ROGER
That’s shaken — not stirred

COLLINS
Pussy — the bolts

ANGEL
Just say the word!

MIMI
Two minutes left to execute our plan

COLLINS
Where’s everyone else?

ROGER
Playing Spiderman

MARK
Ironic close up: tight
On the phone machine’s red light
Once the Boho boys are gone
The power mysteriously comes on

“Happy New Year B”

MAUREEN
I think we need an agent!

MARK
We?

JOANNE
That’s selling out

MARK
But it’s nice to dream

MAUREEN
Yeah — it’s network TV
And it’s all thanks to me

MARK
Somehow I think I smell
The whiff of a scheme

JOANNE
Me too

MAUREEN
We can plan another protest

JOANNE
We?!

MAUREEN
This time you can shoot from the start… (to MARK)
You’ll direct (to JOANNE)
Starring me!

ALL
5, 4, 3… Open sesame!!
Happy new year
Happy new year
Happy new…

BENNY
I see that you’ve beaten me to the punch

ROGER
How did you know we’d be here?

BENNY
I had a hunch

MARK
You’re not mad?

BENNY
I’m here to end this war
It’s a shame you went and destroyed the door

MIMI
Why all the sudden the big about face

BENNY
The credit is yours
You made a good case

ROGER
What case?

BENNY
Mimi came to see me
And she had much to say

MIMI
That’s not how you put it at all yesterday

BENNY
I couldn’t s thinking about the whole mess
Mark — you want to get this on film

MARK
I guess

BENNY
I regret the unlucky circumstances
Of the past seven days

ROGER
Circumstance? You padlocked our door

BENNY
And it’s with great pleasure
On behalf of CyberArts
That I hand you this key

ANGEL
Golf claps

MARK
I have no juice in my battery

BENNY
Reshoot

ROGER
I see — this is a photo opportunity

MAUREEN
The benevolent god
Ushers the poor artists back to their flat
Were you planning on taking down the barbed wire
From the lot, too?

ROGER
Anything but that!

BENNY
Clearing the lot was a safety concern
We break ground this month
But you can return

MAUREEN
That’s why you’re here with people you hate
Instead of with Muffy at Muffy’s estate

BENNY
I’d honestly rather be with you tonight than in Westport —

ROGER
Spare us old sport, the soundbite

BENNY
Mimi — since your was are so seductive

MIMI
You came on to me!

BENNY
Persuade him not to be so counterproductive

ROGER
Liar!

BENNY
Why not tell them what you wore to my place?

MIMI
I was on my way to work

BENNY
Black leather and lace!
My desk was a mess
I think I’m still sore

MIMI
Cause I kicked him and told him I wasn’t his whore!

BENNY
Does your boyfriend know
Who your last boyfriend was?

ROGER
I’m not her boyfriend
I don’t care what she does

ANGEL
People! Is this any way to start a new year?
Have compassion
Benny just lost his cat

BENNY
My dog — but I appreciate that

ANGEL
My cat had a fall
And I went through hell

BENNY
It’s like losing a —
How did you know that she fell?

COLLINS
Champagne?

BENNY
Don’t mind if I do
To dogs!

ALL BUT BENNY
No, Benny — To you!

ANGEL
Let’s make a resolution

MIMI
I’ll drink to that

COLLINS
Let’s always stay friends

JOANNE
Tho’ we may have our disputes

MAUREEN
This family tree’s got deep roots

MARK
Friendship is thicker than blood

ROGER
That depends

MIMI
Depends on trust

ROGER
Depends on true devotion

JOANNE
Depends on love

MARK (to ROGER)
Depends on not denying emotion

ROGER
Perhaps

ALL
It’s gonna be a happy new year

ROGER
I guess

ALL
It’s gonna be a happy new year

ROGER
You’re right

ANGEL
It’s gonna be a happy new year

ROGER & MIMI
I’m sorry

ROGER
Coming?

MIMI
In a minute — I’m fine — go

THE MAN
Well, well, well. What have we here?
It’s gonna be a happy new year
There, there…etc.

“Seasons Of Love B”

ALL
In diapers, report cards,
In spoke wheels
In speeding tickets
In contracts
Dollars in funerals and births.
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
How do you figure our last year on earth.
Figure in love
Figure in love
Figure in love
Measure in love
Seasons of love
Seasons of love

“Without You”

MIMI
Without you, the ground thaws, the rain falls, the grass grows.
Without you, the seeds root, the flowers bloom, the children play.
The stars gleam, the poets dream, the eagles fly, without you.
The earth turns, the sun burns, but I die, without you.
Without you, the stars roar the breeze warms, the girl smiles, the cloud moves.
Without you, the tides change, the boys run, the oceans crash.
The crowds roar, the days soar, the babies cry, without you.
The moon glows, the river flows, but I die, without you.

MIMI & ROGER
The world revives, colors renew, but I know blue, only blue, lonely blue, within
me blue.

MIMI
Without you. Without you the hand gropes, the ear hears, the pulse beats.

ROGER
Without you, the eyes gaze, the legs walk, the lungs breathe.

ROGER
The mind churns!

MIMI
The mind churns!

ROGER
The heart yearns!

MIMI
The heart yearns!

BOTH
The tears dry, without you. Life goes on, but I’m gone.

MIMI
Cause I die, without you.

ROGER
Without you.

BOTH
Without you

“Contact”

GROUP A (ROGER, MARK, JOANNE, BENNY)
Hot-hot-hot-sweat-sweet
Wet-wet-wet-red-heat
Hot-hot-hot-sweat-sweet
Wet-wet-wet-red-heat
Please don’t stop please
Please don’t stop stop
Stop stop stop don’t
Please please please please
Hot-hot-hot-sweat-sweet
Wet-wet-wet-red-heat
Sticky-licky-trickle-tickle
Steamy-creamy-stroking-soaking

GROUP B (MIMI, COLLINS, MAUREEN, ANGEL)
Hot-hot-hot-sweat-sweet
Wet-wet-wet-red-heat

COLLINS
Touch!

MAUREEN
Taste!

MIMI
Deep!

COLLINS
Dark!

MAUREEN
Kiss!

COLLINS
Beg!

MIMI
Slap!

MIMI, MAUREEN & COLLINS
Fear!

COLLINS
Thick!

COLLINS, MIMI & MAUREEN
Red, red
Red, red
Red, red — please

MAUREEN
Harder

ANGEL
Faster

MAUREEN
Wetter

MIMI
Bastard!

COLLINS
You whore!

MAUREEN
You cannibal!

MIMI & ANGEL
More!

MAUREEN
You animal!

MAUREEN, COLLINS & MIMI
Fluid no fluid no contact yes
No contact

ALL
Fire fire burn–burn yes!
No latex rubber rubber
Fire latex rubber latex bummer
Lover bummer

ANGEL
Take me
Take me
Today for you
Tomorrow for me
Today me
Tomorrow you
Tomorrow you
Love
you
Love you
I love
You I love
You!
Take me
Take me
I love you

ROGER’S VOICE
Um

JOANNE’S VOICE
Wait

MIMI’S VOICE
Slipped

COLLINS’ VOICE
Shit

JOANNE’S VOICE
Ow!

ROGER’S VOICE
Where’d it go?

MIMI’S VOICE
Safe

COLLINS’ VOICE
Damn

MAUREEN’S VOICE
I think I missed
Don’t get pissed

ALL
It was bad for me — was it bad for you?

JOANNE
It’s over

MAUREEN
It’s over

ROGER
It’s over

MIMI
It’s over

COLLINS
It’s over

“Goodbye Love”

MIMI (to ROGER)
It’s true you sold your guitar and bought a car?

ROGER
It’s true — I’m leaving now for Santa Fe
It’s true you’re with this yuppie scum?

BENNY
You said you’d never speak to him again

MIMI
Not now

MAUREEN
Who said that you have any say
In who she says things to at all?

ROGER
Yeah!

JOANNE
Who said that you should
Stick your nose in other people’s …

MAUREEN
Who said I was talking to you?

JOANNE
We used to have this fight each night

MARK
Calm down

JOANNE
She’d never admit I existed

MARK
Everyone please!

MIMI
He was the same way — he was always
“Run away — hit the road
Don’t commit” — you’re full of shit

JOANNE
She’s in denial

MIMI
He’s in denial

JOANNE
Didn’t give an inch
When I gave a mile

MARK
Come on

MIMI
I gave a mile

ROGER
Gave a mile to who?

MARK & BENNY
Come on guys chill!

MIMI & JOANNE
I’d be happy to die for a taste of what Angel had
Someone to live for — unafraid to say I love you

ROGER
All your words are nice Mimi
But love’s not a three way street
You’ll never share real love
Until you love yourself — I should know

COLLINS
You all said you’d be cool today
So please — for my sake…
I can’t believe he’s gone
(to ROGER) I can’t believe you’re going
I can’t believe this family must die
Angel helped us believe in love
I can’t believe you disagree

ALL
I can’t believe this is goodbye

MAUREEN
Pookie…

JOANNE
Honeybear…

JOANNE
I missed you…
MAUREEN
I missed your smell…

JOANNE
I missed your mouth…Your…

MAUREEN
Ow!

JOANNE
What?

MAUREEN
Nothing, Pookie.

JOANNE
No, baby, you said ow…What?

MAUREEN
Well, you bit my tongue…

JOANNE
No, I didn’t.

MAUREEN
You did — I’m bleeding.

JOANNE
No, it isn’t…

MAUREEN
I think I should know

JOANNE
Let me see–

MAUREEN
She doesn’t believe me!

JOANNE
I was only trying to…

PASTOR
Thomas B. Collins…

COLLINS
Coming.

MARK
I hear there are great restaurants out west

ROGER
Some of the best. How could she?

MARK
How could you let her go?

ROGER
You just don’t know … How could we lose Angel?

MARK
Maybe you’ll see why when you stop escaping your pain
At least now if you try — Angel’s death won’t be in vain

ROGER
His death is in vain

MARK
Are you insane?
There so much to care about
There’s me — there’s Mimi

ROGER
Mimi’s got her baggage, too

MARK
So do you

ROGER
Who are you to tell me what I know, what to do

MARK
A friend

ROGER
But who, Mark, are you?
“Mark has got his work”
They say “Mark lives for his work”
And “Mark’s in love with his work”
Mark hides in his work

MARK
But from what?

ROGER
From facing your failure, facing your loneliness
Facing the fact you live a lie
Yes, you live a lie — tell you why
You’re always preaching not to be numb
When that’s how you thrive
You pretend to create and observe
When you really detach from feeling alive

MARK
Perhaps it’s because I’m the one of us to survive

ROGER
Poor baby

MARK
Mimi still loves Roger
Is Roger really jealous
Or afraid that Mimi’s weak

ROGER
Mimi did look pale

MARK
Mimi’s gotten thin
Mimi’s running out of time
Roger’s running out the door

ROGER
No more! Oh no!
I’ve gotta go

MARK
Hey, for somebody who’s always been let down
Who’s heading out of town?

ROGER
For someone who longs for a community of his own,
Who’s with his camera, alone?

I’ll call
I hate the fall

You heard?

MIMI
Every word
You don’t want baggage without lifetime guarantees
You don’t want to watch me die
I just came to say
Goodbye, love
Goodbye, love
Came to say goodbye, love, goodbye

MIMI
Just came to say
Goodbye love
Goodbye love
Goodbye love
Goodbye!

ROGER
Glory
One blaze of
Glory
Have to find…

MIMI
Please don’t touch me
Understand
I’m scared
I need to go away

MARK
I know a place — a clinic

BENNY
A rehab?

MIMI
Maybe — could you?

BENNY
I’ll pay

MIMI
Goodbye love
Goodbye love
Came to say goodbye, love, goodbye
Just came to say
Goodbye love
Goodbye love
Goodbye love
Hello disease

PASTOR
Off the premises now, we give no handouts here!

MARK
What happened to Rest In Peace?!

PASTOR
Off the premises, queer!

COLLINS
That’s no way to send a boy to meet his maker!
They had to know we couldn’t pay the undertaker.

BENNY (To COLLINS)
Don’t you worry ’bout him.
(To PASTOR) Hey, I’ll take care of it!

MARK
Must be nice to have money.

ALL THREE
No shit!

COLLINS
I think it’s only fair to tell you, you just paid for the funeral of the person who killed your dog.

BENNY
I know… I always hated that dog…
Let’s pay him off, and then get drunk.

MARK
I can’t… I have a meeting.

BENNY & COLLINS
Punk! Let’s go.

MARK
Hi. Mark Cohen here, reporting for Buzzline.
Back to you, Alexi! Coming up next,
vampire welfare queens who are compulsive bowlers…
Oh my God, what am I doing?

“What You Own”

Don’t breathe too deep
Don’t think all day
Dive into work
Drive the other way
That drip of hurt
That pint of shame
Goes away
Just play the game
You’re living in America
At the end of the millennium
You’re living in America
Leave your conscience at the tone
And when you’re living in America
At the end of the millennium
You’re what you own

ROGER
The filmmaker cannot see

MARK
And the songwriter cannot hear

ROGER
Yet I see Mimi everywhere

MARK
Angel’s voice is in my ear

ROGER
Just tighten those shoulders

MARK
Just clench your jaw till you frown

ROGER
Just don’t let go

BOTH
Or you may drown

You’re living in America
At the end of the millennium
You’re living in America
Where it’s like the Twilight Zone
And when you’re living in America
At the end of the millennium
You’re what you own
So I own not a notion
I escape and ape content
I don’t own emotion — I rent

MARK
What was it about that night

ROGER
What was it about that night

BOTH
Connection — in an isolating age

MARK
For once the shadows gave way to light

ROGER
For once the shadows gave way to light

BOTH
For once I didn’t disengage

MARK
Angel — I hear you — I hear it
I see it — I see it
My film!

ROGER
Mimi I see you — I see it
I hear it — I hear it
My song!

MARK
[On the phone]
Alexi–Mark
Call me a hypocrite
I need to finish my own film
I quit!

ROGER
One song–glory
Mimi
Your eyes…

BOTH
Dying in America
At the end of the millennium
We’re dying in America
To come into our own
And when you’re dying in America
At the end of the millennium
You’re not alone
I’m not alone
I’m not alone

“Finale A”

ALL SEVEN HOMELESS
Christmas bells are ringing
Christmas bells are ringing
Christmas bells are ringing
How time flies
When compassion dies
No stockings
No candy canes
No gingerbread
No safety net
No loose change
No change no

ONE HOMELESS MAN
“Santy Claus is coming”

ALL
Cause Santy Claus ain’t coming
No room at the Holiday Inn — again
Well, maybe next year —
Or — when

MARK
December 24th, ten p.m. Eastern standard time
I can’t believe a year went by so fast
Time to see what we have time to see
Turn the projector on
First shot Roger
With the fender guitar he just got out of hock
When he sold the car
That took him away and back

ROGER
I found my song

MARK
He found his song
If he could just find Mimi

ROGER
I tried — you know I tried

MARK
Fade in on Mark
Who’s still in the dark

ROGER
But he’s got great footage

MARK
Which he’s cut together

ROGER
To screen tonight

MARK
In honor of Benny’s wife

ROGER
Muffy

MARK
Alison
Pulling Benny out of the East Village location

ROGER
Then again, maybe we won’t screen it tonight.

MARK
I wonder how Alison found out about Mimi?

ROGER
Maybe a little bird told her.

COLLINS
Or an angel.
I had a little hunch that you could use a little flow

ROGER
Tutoring again?

COLLINS
Negative

MARK
Back at N.Y.U.?

COLLINS
No, no, no
I rewired the ATM at the food emporium
To provide an honorarium to anyone with the code

ROGER & MARK
The code —
Well…?

COLLINS
A-N-G-E-L
Yet Robin Hooding isn’t the solution
The powers that be must be undermined where they dwell
In a small, exclusive gourmet institution
Where we overcharge the wealthy clientele

ALL THREE
Let’s open up a restaurant in Santa Fe
With a private corner banquette in the back

COLLINS
We’ll make it yet, we’ll somehow get to Santa Fe

ROGER
But you’d miss New York before you could unpack

ALL
Ohh–

MAUREEN
Mark! Roger! Anyone — help!

MARK
Maureen?

MAUREEN
It’s Mimi — I can’t get her up the stairs

ROGER
No!

MAUREEN
She was huddled in the park in the dark
And she was freezing
And begged to come here

ROGER
Over here
Oh, God —

MIMI
Got a light — I know you — you’re shivering…

JOANNE
She’s been living on the street

ROGER
We need some heat

MIMI
I’m shivering

MARK
We can buy some wood and something to eat

COLLINS
I’m afraid she needs more than heat

MIMI
I heard that

MAUREEN
Collins will call for a doctor, honey

MIMI
Don’t waste your money on Mimi, me, me

COLLINS
Hello — 911?
I’m on hold!

MIMI
Cold…cold… would you light my candle?

ROGER
Yes — we’ll — oh God — find a candle

MIMI
I should tell you
I should tell you

ROGER
I should tell you
I should tell you

MIMI
I should tell you
Benny wasn’t any–

ROGER
Shhh–I know
I should tell you why I left
It wasn’t cause I didn’t —

MIMI
I know
I should tell you

ROGER
I should tell you

MIMI
I should tell you
I love you–

ROGER
Who do you think you are?
Leaving me alone with my guitar
Hold on there’s something you should hear
It isn’t much but it took all year

“Your Eyes”

ROGER
Your eyes
As we said our goodbyes
Can’t get them out of my mind
And I find I can’t hide
From your eyes
The ones that took me by surprise
The night you came into my life
Where there’s moonlight I see your eyes

How’d I let you slip away
When I’m longing so to hold you
Now I’d die for one more day
‘Cause there’s something I should have told you
Yes there’s something I should have told you
When I looked into your eyes
Why does distance make us wise?
You were the song all along
And before this song dies
I should tell you I should tell you
I have always loved you
You can see it in my eyes

Mimi!

“Finale B”

MIMI
I jumped over the moon!!

ROGER
What?

MIMI
A leap of mooooooooooooooo–

JOANNE
She’s back!

MIMI
I was in a tunnel. Heading for this warm, white light…

MAUREEN
Oh my god!

MIMI
And I swear Angel was there — and she looked GOOD! And she said,
“Turn around, girlfriend, and listen to that boy’s song…”

COLLINS
She’s drenched

MAUREEN
Her fever’s breaking

MARK
There is no future — there is no past

ROGER
Thank God this moment’s not the last

MIMI & ROGER
There’s only us
There’s only this
Forget regret or life is yours to miss

ALL
No other road no other way
No day but today

WOMEN
I can’t control
My destiny
I trust my soul
My only goal is just to be

MEN
Will I lose my dignity?
Will someone care?
Will I wake tomorrow
From this nightmare?

WOMEN
Without you
The hand gropes
The ear hears
The pulse beats
Life goes on
But I’m gone
‘Cause I die
Without you
I die without you
I die without you
I die without you

MEN
There’s only now
There’s only here
Give in to love
Or live in fear
No other path
No other way
No day but today
No day but today
No day but today
No day but today

ALL
No day but today