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Angel Dumott Schunard (Wilson Jermaine Heredia) and Tom Collins (Jesse L. Martin) -- Rent (Broadway Musical, 1996-2008; Film, 2005)

Whether you experienced "I'll Cover You" on Broadway or in the movie theater, we're pretty confident that you were moved -- some of you to tears. In Rent, Jonathan Larson's modern-day adaptation of the opera La Bohème, Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Jesse L. Martin were absolutely electric playing Angel Dumott Schunard and Tom Collins -- a couple (one trans woman, one gay man) living in Manhattan's bohemian East Village. This Tony-winning musical tells an emotional tale of love, loss, addiction, AIDS and, of course, the hardship of paying one's rent.

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