At the time, Taye admitted that he and his castmates “had no idea” how the musical — about a group of impoverished young artists in Lower Manhattan’s East Village — would turn out. However, he said, he knew there were “talented and good people” involved.
“Rent” ended up becoming a massive success, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996.
“When it hit, we all felt special,” Taye said. “Now, [‘Rent’ is] something different; [it] is historical.”