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Idina Menzel.

Maureen Johnson is one of the main characters in RENT. She is an outrageous, bisexual performance artist. She dated Mark Cohen before the events in RENT, but is in a relationship with Joanne Jefferson, at the beginning of the musical. It is assumed that she left Mark for Joanne, though this is never explicitly stated.

Maureen is known for her inability to stay faithful to her lovers, including flirting with a number of other women while still dating Joanne, as well as taking advantage of Mark's remaining feelings for her. She is first engaged to Joanne before breaking it off in "Take Me or Leave Me". Afterwards, they decide to get back together in the song "Goodbye Love," in which Joanne expresses her longing to have the wonderful love Collins and Angel shared. She used to be roommates with Mark, Tom Collins, Benny Coffin, and Roger Davis, but she hates Benny. She mocks him in her metaphorical performance "Over the Moon", mocking his ignorance of his tenants' suffering.

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Idina Menzel (on table) as Maureen Johnson in the "RENT" film. She originated the role of Maureen on Broadway.

Idina MenzelEdit

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Idina Menzel.

Idina Menzel initially portrayed the role of Maureen Johnson on Broadway. She was nominated for a Tony for the role (Featured Actress in a Musical). She reprised the role in the film version.

She married Taye Diggs, who first played the role of Benny (and who also played him in the film version), in 2003. In March 2009 the couple announced they were expecting their first child together. Their son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, was born on September 2nd of that year. In 2014, the couple announced their separation.

Eden EspinosaEdit

Eden Espinosa is the last Maureen that has ever been played in the Broadway show of RENT, and was featured in the film RENT: Filmed Live On Broadway

Nicole ScherzingerEdit

Nicole Scherzinger played Maureen in the Hollywood Bowl version of RENT.

Laura Rollinson Edit

Laura Rollinson played Maureen in the Ending HIV Season of RENT in The Playhouse Theater, 2018.

Song List Edit

  • Over the Moon
  • La Vie Boheme - with Company
  • La Vie Boheme B - with Company
  • Seasons of Love - with Company
  • Happy New Year A - with Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Angel, and Joanne*
  • Happy New Year B - with Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Angel, Joanne, and Benny*
  • Take Me or Leave Me - with Joanne
  • Seasons of Love B - with Company
  • Contact - with Company *
  • I'll Cover You (Reprise) - with Collins and Company
  • Goodbye Love - with Mark, Roger, Mimi, Collins, Joanne, and Benny**
  • Finale A - with Company ***
  • Finale B - with Company

(*=Removed from film version, **=Beginning of song only in film version ***=Her part/s removed from the movie, if still in movie)