Bohemianism and Counter-Culture

Musical Depictions

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From left to right, these people are: Jonathan Larson, the composor and writer of Rent, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, the creators of Les Miserables, and Giacomo Puccini, the composer of La Boheme.

Bohemia is alive and well in musical theate. Beginning with Puccini's La Boheme, an adapatation of Murger's Scenes de la vie de Boheme bohemia has been portrayed on stage, through music. Unlike La Boheme, the placement of Les Miserables on stage is not for the sake of celebrating the bohemian aspects of life, but more for French nationalistic reasons, as Hugo has gone from being the Prince of Youth and leader of the Romantic Army, to being a symbol of all of France. But to prove that Bohemians sing on stage to this day, Rent, opening just in 1996, continues the ideals of the youth movement, but set in modern day America, with modern day issues.