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As 'Rent' closes in New York, fans mourn

NEW YORK -- 5,140 performances. After 12 years, "Rent" is closing in New York. And depending on whom you talk to, it's either the end of a colorful era on Broadway, or the End of Days.Jonathan Larson's rock- fueled fable of AIDS-ravaged friends in New York's East Village will be the seventh longest-running musical in history when it closes Sunday. The edgy, provocative show changed the future of American musical theater, and was a box office bonanza, grossing $280 million at home and $630 million worldwide."Everything comes to an end, especially on Broadway, but 'Rent's' message of tolerance and love goes on," said Allan Gordon, one of the producers. "This is not the end. It's just a new...