|Angel Dumott Schunard|
|First appearance||You Okay Honey?|
|Portrayed by||See Actors|
|Gender|| Male (biologically) |
|Significant other(s)||Tom Collins|
Angel Dumott Schunard is one of the main characters in RENT. (S)he is based on the character Schaunard in La Bohéme.
Angel is a young street performer and drag queen, who becomes Tom Collins' love interest. The two meet after Collins is mugged, and Angel takes him home. The two grow close over the course of the musical, and Angel buys Collins a new coat. Like Collins, Angel has AIDS, and attends the local Life Support group. Angel eventually dies from AIDS around the same time as Halloween, her favourite time of year.
Angel is close friends with several characters, including Mark, Roger, Joanne, and Maureen. In the 2005 film, Angel appears to be good friends with Mimi, implying that the two knew each other before Angel met Collins.
Notable actors who have played the role of Angel include:
- Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Original Broadway cast and 2005 film)
- Justin Johnston (Final Broadway performance)
- Telly Leung (RENT Tour and Hollywood Bowl)
- MJ Rodriguez (Off-Broadway revival)
- David Merino (20th Anniversary Tour)
- While it is not made clear whether Angel is a drag queen or transgender, it is strongly implied that they are a drag queen, as they are occasionally seen out of drag (notably in their first appearance) and doesn't seem to mind being referred to by male pronouns.