Awesome / RENT

  • "Hey mister..." (beat) "She's my SISTER!"
  • The Bag Lady's reaction to Mark filming her in "On The Street".
  • "Santa Fe"; all that dancing 'round on the streets of New York?
  • Maureen's first appearance in "Christmas Bells".
    Company: And it's beginning to- and it's beginning to- and it's beginning to-!
    Maureen: [Taking off her helmet] Joanne, which way to the stage?
    Company: SNOWWWW!
    • Followed by a Crazy Awesome song showcasing Maureen's wackiness. The difficulty of the song "Over the Moon" and the amount of energy needed to pull it off makes the whole sequence a CMOA for any given actress who plays her.
  • Mimi's not-so-subtle ways of flirting with Roger in "Light My Candle" and his subsequent reactions.
  • Angel's story of how she got the money in "Today 4 U".
  • Mark's quitting Buzzline near the end of 'What You Own' sends shivers down this troper's spine every time, for as relatively subtle a moment as it is.
    Mark: Alexi? Mark— call me a hypocrite— I need to finish my own film— I quit!
  • Mimi recounts Angel's epic Take That against someone who was harassing her: "I'm more of a man than you'll ever be, and more of a woman than you'll ever get."
  • "Dearly beloved, we gather here to say our goodbyes..." evolving into "Is anyone out of the mainstream? Is anyone in the mainstream? Is anyone alive with a sex drive? Tear down the walls! Aren't we all? The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation! La vie boheme... Viva La Vie Boheme!"
  • Benny gets one by footing the bill for Angel's funeral.
  • May be more of a Real Life crowning moment, but Daphne Rubin-Vega's "Out Tonight" at the RENT 10th Anniversary deserves mention. Like her or not, you have to admit that actually climbing onto the bars and doing all the original choreography - which includes back bends, a split, and high kicks - in skintight pants and high heels, with barely any preparation (the entire cast had expected to be just sitting and singing, like a concert, not actually performing) is pretty darn impressive. Not to mention that this was after she'd had a kid.
  • The Stage version of RENT. Finale B (which is Crowning Music of Awesome in itself), at the very end. Singing along, and then suddenly, everyone looks stage-right... and on runs Angel, who joins in singing. When this troper saw RENT, he knew perfectly well that it was coming, and he still burst into hysterically joyful tears.
    • At the very end of the final Broadway performance, the original cast coming out and singing "Seasons of Love" with the final cast is worth the price of the DVD alone.
  • For anyone singing Roger's part, his heartbroken "Mimiiiiiiiii" at the end of "Your Eyes" lasts twelve seconds, ending in a howl of pain. That takes serious lung power.