Collins is on something throughout the whole movie, or at least on the first Christmas EveNeed proof? Santa Fe. Think about it. He did marijuana on-screen during one throw-away line in "La Vie Boheme," so the weaker version of this theory is true in the film. It's not that farfetched an idea.
Angel is Santa Claus....So Santa died of AIDS? DO NOT WANT.
Mark is Bi
Rent is just Newsies with AIDS.Both are about people refusing to work (some of them with valid reasons), both have a song called "Santa Fe" praising the city that neither singer has been to, and both feature a main character's supposed betrayal that was actually to help the cause. The characters line up, too:
Certain songs were unfinished before Larson died.I steadfastly refuse to believe that "think twice before you pooh-pooh it" is anything but a temporary lyic. It even breaks up the rhyme scheme.
Angel is genderqueer.That's why Mark doesn't know whether to call Angel "he" or "she" during the funeral, and why Angel dresses as both a man and a woman at different times.
Mimi was pretending to have AIDS.AIDS was becoming more sympathizable as drug use was becoming more scorned, and she could take advantage of that if she pretended to have AIDS and downplayed (or outright hid) her heroin addiction. If she met and became involved with someone who actually did have AIDS/HIV, it would give her a way to start a relationship that would feel meaningful and eventually fulfill the death wish that she had until Roger's song and Angel's memory/spirit brought her back) (a death wish which was at least very, very vaguely implied in the play, if I'm not reading too much or too little into parts of her character). Using prescription-grade stimulants (amphetamine-type) under the guise of AZT would help her counteract the more obvious side effects of heroin use and withdrawal while still leaving her to her weakening and wasting away. This would only work on people who walked into it assuming she was telling the truth and didn't know about the heroin use or who assumed she got AIDS as a result of something like needle-sharing (because who would ever lie that they had AIDS?); a former heroin addict and current AIDS sufferer knew and/or assumed that she was a heroin addict didn't realize she (supposedly) had AIDS until she stopped for an "AZT break". Her collapse on Christmas Eve, which I assumed to be an overdose? Was just an overdose. Despite creating and (on a whim) making a case for the guess as an Alternate Character Interpretation, I didn't believe this myself until I came to this point: If she had AIDS, why would Benny sustain a relationship with her? It's not for sex, since nothing was ever given to indicate that he had AIDS/HIV (Yes, I do understand that even back then when treatments weren't as advanced as they now, many people were willing to trust thin, easily-broken latex barriers for long-term protection against this sort of thing). Status? She was a possibly-former stripper- or "[[Insistent Terminology S&M dancer]]"- who last year had the purported best hindquarters in the area but was canonically wasting away. A relationship built on love and mutual respect? Unless they both felt like lying about it in the same way, for some odd and so far obscure reason, this is definitely not the case. Spite? He didn't seem to care enough about Roger in particular to take her away with the sole purpose of causing him pain. The only reason I could figure for their relationship as it was shown (aside from the above parenthetical) was if Mimi didn't have AIDS and Benny knew.
During "What You Own", Mark is considering suicide.Throughout the song, he's been singing about "living in America". Then, in the film version, he's standing on the edge of the roof and declares, "I quit," and switches to singing about dying for the next verse. It might not come across like that in other productions, but the fact he's standing at the edge of a roof in the film suggests he might be thinking about jumping.
Angel is male-identifiedThere seems to be debates about hir gender. It seems like ze only uses female pronouns in drag, which is a common things for drag queens and crossdressers.
Alison (Benny's wife) and Ali (Life Support) are the same person.I know the Life Support names vary by production, and "Ali" can be stand-alone or short for other things, but going by the script it's spelled the same way it would be as a nickname for "Alison"
Mark dies at the end of La Vie BohemeThroughout the show, Mark is probably the most clean character: we never see him drink or smoke, he doesn't have AIDS, he's straight, he does nothing romantically to any character, he's Jewish, etc. So, by "La Vie Boheme," he's realized that his life has no meaning and he's done nothing interesting but film his friends. So he finally snaps and sings "La Vie Boheme," swearing more than he ever does anywhere else in the show. He drinks himself to death in the song, and dies. "Seasons of Love" is his funeral. From that point on, Mark is a ghost only seen by Roger. No one else interacts with Mark except one instance during Mimi's death when Joanne yells up into their apartment, "Mark! Roger!," which could be her correcting herself out of habit. The final Tune Up is Roger playing Mark's unreleased footage for the first time. Buzzline left messages but never got a response from Mark since they didn't know he died.
Angel didn't mean to kill Evita.Angel was paid to play drums outside Alison and Benny's place as revenge for all the noise their dog made. Normally, a dog in this situation would just "join in" by barking. No one expected the dog to "commit suicide" by jumping. Either Evita got so excited by the noise of the drums she didn't realize how close to the edge she was or someone up there (Benny?) got sick of the noise and punted that akita to her death.