I used to have a copy of this but wore it out, literally. I went to the library to check it out, but it was spoken for. The clerk, though, loves the movie too and offered to lend me her own copy! So, that shows the kind of devotees this opera turned Broadway show turned movie has.
A group of artists in 80s New York is put out because they suddenly owe a year of rent. (Some of this is genuine social criticism and some of it is whining twenty somethings with no sense of reality. I mean, darlings, did you REALLY think you were gonna get a whole year without rent?)
That being said, this is one of the few musicals with topical social issues that you can sing and dance along to. How often do you get that? And, the cast is diverse. It’s not just “the gay guy,” or “the black guy,” there are gay couples and a wide range of incredible singers and actors.
I’ve rewatched it I think three times in the past three days. It’s like the Sound Of Music for adults. Don’t just watch it, buy two. One for you and one for someone else or for when you destroy this copy from overuse.