Musetta's Waltz will be heard on Broadway in Spring 2002, according to Daily Variety. The brassy free spirit Musetta and her compadres, the poet Rudolpho and the consumptive Mimi - better known to theatre audiences in their more modern Rent guises as Maureen, Roger and Mimi - will sing and dance on the Great White Way in Puccini's original opera. Filmdom's Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge," "Romeo + Juliet") will direct. Ironically, Rent's producers Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller are said to be bringing the opera to Broadway, along with Emanuel Azenberg (The Dinner Party, Stones in His Pockets). Rent used La Boheme, one of the world's most popular operas, as source material. The original story mirrors the Jonathan Larson rock musical with the central plot of a young woman who approaches her artistic upstairs neighbor to light her candle, after which they fall deeply and tragically in love. The opera's Mimi is not an exotic dancer, but a seamstress, and her and Rudolpho's bohemian companions are merely a painter, a musician and a philosopher, not a filmmaker and a cross-dresser. Also, unlike Rent, Mimi dies at the end of her opera, leaving the poet Rudolpho alone.
Luhrmann directed an extremely successful staging of La Boheme, set in the 1950's, at the Sydney Opera House in 1993. Other credits include the dance film "Strictly Ballroom" and the 1999 hit, "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)."