Chez Lindsay’s video essay is 45 minutes long. If that’s too much Rent for you, at least watch the first 10 minutes. The best insights are there.
The one that I really took away from it was this: any art that is funded by wealthy interests, especially something like a Broadway show that is largely patronized by wealthy audiences (who else can afford tickets?), is going to ultimately support the system as it is.
No show with an audience of millionaires will ever be truly revolutionary, no matter how much it claims to be.
That’s not to say such shows can’t have merit outside of pure entertainment: Rent helped humanize the LGBT+ community to its audiences, and humanization is alway good.
You say you a revolution? You won’t find it on Broadway.