|First appearance||Christmas Bells|
|Last appearance||Finale B|
|Portrayed by||See Actresses|
|Significant other(s)|| Mark Cohen (formerly)|
Maureen Johnson is one of the main characters in RENT. She is based on the character Musetta in La Bohéme.
Maureen is a performance artist. She seems to be popular amongst the crowd, and hosts protests, one of which is to stop the homeless being evicted and mistreated by people like Benny.
Maureen is a former roommate of Mark, Roger, Benny and Collins. She is also Mark's ex-girlfriend, having dumped him for a woman (Joanne). She is quite flirtatious, leading to complications in her relationships with both Joanne and Mark, and can be bossy at times too. However, despite this, she is generally a good person, and is there for her friends in times of need.
- Over The Moon (Act 1)
- Take Me or Leave Me (with Joanne, Act 2)
Solos (In a Group Number)Edit
|Christmas Bells||Coat Vendor, Collins, Angel, Mark, Roger, The Man, Mimi and Company|
|La Vie Bohème||Mark, The Waiter, Benny, Mimi, Collins, Roger, Angel, Joanne, Mr. Grey and Company|
|La Vie Bohème B||Joanne, Bohemian girl, Mark, Angel and Company|
|Seasons of Love||Company|
|Happy New Year||Mark, Mimi, Roger, Collins, Angel and Joanne|
|Happy New Year B||Mark, Mimi, Collins, Angel, Roger, Joanne 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, Joanne, and Benny|
|Finale||Mark, Collins, Roger, Joanne, and Mimi|
Notable actresses who have played the role of Maureen include:
- Idina Menzel (Original Broadway cast and 2005 film)
- Eden Espinosa (Final Broadway performance)
- Nicolette Hart (RENT Tour)
- Nicole Scherzinger (Hollywood Bowl)
- Annaleigh Ashford (Off-Broadway Revival)
- Maureen dreamed of being a famous performance artist like Patti Smith or Laurie Anderson.
- Maureen dumping Mark for Joanne is based on Jonathan Larson's personal life, where one of his girlfriends dumped him for a woman.
- Maureen's role in the 2005 film is slightly altered from the musical. Maureen and Joanne do not break up after La Vie Boheme B, or at all until Joanne catches Maureen flirting with another woman while Joanne and Mark are being interviewed by Alexi Darling. As a compromise, Maureen proposes to Joanne, and at their engagement party, Maureen is caught flirting once again.
- In the musical, Maureen first appears in Christmas Bells, but in the film, she first appears in a dream sequence in the Tango: Maureen number. This also happens in the Hollywood Bowl performance.