Joanne Jefferson is one of the main characters in RENT. She is based on the character Alcindoro in La Bohéme, but is also partially based on Marcello who Mark is based on.

Joanne is an Ivy League-educated public interest lawyer. Her parents are a judge and a government official, meaning that Joanne had a strict upbringing. Joanne has no nonsense when it comes to Maureen's bossiness and flirtatiousness, and will not hesitate to dump her on multiple occasions, leading to a rocky relationship between the two. However, she is easily forgiving when Maureen apologizes for and admits her mistakes.


Act 1[]

Act 2[]




Solos (In a Group Number)[]

Act 1
Song Sung with
Rent Mark, Roger, Benny, Collins and Company
La Vie Boheme Mark, The Waiter, Benny, Mimi, Collins, Roger, Angel, Maureen, Mr. Grey and Company
La Vie Boheme B Maureen, Bohemian girl, Mark, Angel and Company
Act 2
Song Sung with
Seasons of Love Company
Happy New Year Mark, Mimi, Roger, Collins, Angel and Maureen
Happy New Year B Mark, Mimi, Collins, Angel, Roger, Maureen and Benny
Seasons of Love B Company
Contact Angel and Company
I'll Cover You (Reprise) Collins and Company
Goodbye Love Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Maureen and Benny
Finale Mark, Collins, Roger, Maureen and Mimi
Finale B Company


  • Unlike the other main characters, Joanne is based on two characters from La Bohéme (Alcindoro and Marcello) rather than one. The Marcello characteristics are divided between Joanne and Mark. Joanne is also the only RENT character whose predecessor is a different gender.
  • Joanne is the complete opposite to her predecessor: she is a young female lesbian lawyer while Alcindoro is an elderly straight man.
  • Maureen dumping Mark for Joanne is based on Jonathan Larson's personal life, where one of his girlfriends dumped him for a woman.

Joanne Jefferson is one of the main characters in the film RENT .Joanne is a An Ivy League-educated public interest lawyer. Joanne is the woman for whom Maureen left Mark. Joanne has very important parents (one is undergoing confirmation to be a judge, the other is a government official.)    

Differences from the Original[]

  • Joanne's role in the 2005 film is slightly altered from the musical. In the film, she accompanies Mark to an interview with Alexi Darling, where she catches Maureen flirting with another woman. As a compromise, Maureen proposes to Joanne, and she accepts. At their engagement party, Joanne catches Maureen flirting once again