Maureen Johnson
General Information
First appearance Christmas Bells
Last appearance Finale B
Portrayed by See Actresses
Gender Female
Occupation Performer
Significant other(s) Mark Cohen (formerly)
Joanne Jefferson

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.


Act 1Edit

Act 2Edit




Solos (In a Group Number)Edit

Act 1
Song Sung with
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
Act 2
Song Sung with
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
Finale B Company


Notable actresses who have played the role of Maureen include:


  • 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.

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