"Take Me or Leave Me"
Song by Idina Menzel and Fredi Walker
from the album Rent (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
GenreShow tune
Length3:43
Songwriter(s)Jonathan Larson
Producer(s)

"Take Me or Leave Me" is a song from the musical Rent, written by American composer Jonathan Larson. In the original 1996 Broadway production, the song was performed by Idina Menzel as Maureen and Fredi Walker as Joanne.[1]

Film version

"Take Me or Leave Me"
Single by Idina Menzel and Tracie Thoms
from the album Rent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2005 (2005-09-23)
Studio
GenreShow tune
Length3:51
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Jonathan Larson
Producer(s)Rob Cavallo
Rent soundtrack singles chronology
"Seasons of Love"
(2005)
"Take Me or Leave Me"
(2005)
Idina Menzel singles chronology
"Seasons of Love"
(2005)
"Take Me or Leave Me"
(2005)
"Defying Gravity"
(2007)

In the 2005 film adaptation, "Take Me or Leave Me" is performed by Menzel, reprising her role as Maureen, and Tracie Thoms as Joanne, since Walker-Browne was considered too old for the role.[2] Remixes of the song were released on April 11, 2006.[3]

Track listings

Remixes digital EP[3]
No.TitleLength
1."Take Me or Leave Me" (Tracy Young Radio)3:36
2."Take Me or Leave Me" (Tracy Young Mixshow)6:44
3."Take Me or Leave Me" (Jackie and Jorio Club Mix)7:17
4."Take Me or Leave Me" (Gabriel D. Vine's Big Band Disco Remix)6:19
5."Out Tonight" (performed by Rosario Dawson) (Mark!'s Redux Club Remix Edit)4:55
6."Light My Candle" (performed by Rosario Dawson) (Monkey Bars Remix)6:29
Remixes CD maxi single[4]
No.TitleLength
1."Take Me or Leave Me" (Tracy Young Radio)3:35
2."Take Me or Leave Me" (Tracy Young Remix)8:35
3."Take Me or Leave Me" (Gabriel D. Vine's Big Band Disco Remix)6:16
4."Take Me or Leave Me" (Jackie and Jorio Club Mix)7:09
5."Take Me or Leave Me" (Tracy Young Dub)9:55
6."Out Tonight" (performed by Rosario Dawson) (Mark!'s Redux Club Remix)8:30
7."Light My Candle" (performed by Rosario Dawson) (Monkey Bars Remix)6:27
Remixes 12"[5]
No.TitleLength
1."Take Me or Leave Me" (Tracy Young Remix)8:35
2."Take Me or Leave Me" (Tracy Young Dub)9:55
3."Take Me or Leave Me" (Gabriel D. Vine's Big Band Disco Remix)6:16
4."Take Me or Leave Me" (Jackie and Jorio Club Mix)7:09
5."Out Tonight" (performed by Rosario Dawson) (Mark!'s Redux Club Remix)8:30

Charts

Chart (2005–06) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[6] 25
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[7] 32
US Hot Dance Singles Sales (Billboard)[8] 10

Performances and covers

Menzel has performed the song on a few concerts and tours, including the Barefoot at the Symphony Tour, Idina Menzel: Live at Radio City, Idina Menzel: World Tour, as a duet with randomly-chosen audience members.[9] She also performed the song at the end of a curtain call for If/Then in 2014.[10]

The song has been covered numerous times, with The Atlantic calling it a "modern musical theatre staple".[11] Darren Criss and Aaron Tveit covered the song on a Skype conversation to promote Elsie Fest.[1] In 2016, Anika Larsen and Keala Settle performed the song for From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando, in support of the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.[12] It was covered on the TV series Glee, by the characters Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley) in the episode "Comeback". Kevin Fallon of The Atlantic praised the cover as the highlight of the episode.[11]

Charts (Glee version)

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[13] 60
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 51

References

  1. ^ a b Nussbaum, Danielle (August 28, 2015). "See Darren Criss and Aaron Tveit duet 'Take Me or Leave Me' from 'Rent'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Billey, Catherine (September 4, 2005). "Nine Years in the Life". The New York Times. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Take Me or Leave Me - EP by Rent on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Take Me or Leave Me" Remixes (CD booklet). Warner Bros. Records. 2006. 42922-2.
  5. ^ "Take Me or Leave Me" Remixes (CD booklet). Warner Bros. Records. 2006. 42922-0.
  6. ^ "Idina Menzel Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Idina Menzel Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dance Singles Sales: May 13, 2006". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Foundas, Scott (June 17, 2014). "Concert Review: Idina Menzel at Radio City Music Hall". Variety. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Schlossberg, Mallory (April 22, 2014). "Idina Menzel Sings "Take Me Or Leave Me" With the 2 Luckiest 'Rent' Fans Ever — VIDEO". Bustle. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Fallon, Kevin; Brown, Meghan; Burns, Patrick (February 16, 2011). "'Glee': When Cancer, Cattiness, and Justin Bieber Combine". The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Dale, Michael (July 25, 2016). "VIDEO: Anika Larsen and Keala Settle Belt RENT's 'Take Me Or Leave Me' For FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "Glee Cast Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "Glee Cast Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 3, 2018.