Stacey Richards from Salt Lake City, Utah
My husband and I look forward to attending the theater and have done so in many places around the country and in London. This is a big show and must have been wonderful when it first ran but the 20th anniversary production was a big disappointment. The characters were not able to pull out much emotion. Their delivery of the play was disjointed and the vocals unmemorable. I would guess that a fifth of the theater emptied at intermission. These stories rang flat. How sad. We did stay for the whole show and I am glad we did because that was our reward for enduring the first half. Then the cast’s timing was better and we started to care. Unfortunately it was too little too late. Please note that this an adult show.
Peter Lewis from El Segundo, CA
My wife and I had dearly wanted to love Rent at The Pantages. We had never seen the show so we were newbees. By the intermission we realized how disappointed we were. While the staging and some individual performances were very good, everything else did not succeed as a production. The band was much too loud so that it drowned out the cast. As a result, we could not understand any of the lyrics. What a shame. In effect, the entire plot and points of view of the characters were unavailable to us. The voices of the cast were generally strong. Since we could not understand what they were singing, it was a waste. They might as well have been singing in a foreign language. We were very disappointed that we were so disappointed. We left during intermission.
Jess from Los Angeles, California
7/14/19 First time seeing Rent and loved the idea and importance of this show. However, aside from Maureen, Angel, Joanne, and Collins....it was, ahem, really awful. Mimi and Roger in particular were not cast correctly and were too green to carry a show. With the amount of songs and scenes they were in, these two should never have been cast together. Both actors were off every time they sang a song, like out of key and tempo. Each time. And then the duets...painful. We had to look at our programs to See if they were understudies. It actually made the show less enjoyable. When you witness a performance like Maureen and Joanne’s duet and then have to sit thru a painful duet with two sub par actors it just shines a light on their inequity. Both Mimi and Roger were just off, low energy, out of time and out of sync. Angel was fantastic. Maureen was spectacular. Mark was forgettable. Roger and Mimi shouldn’t have been cast in leads. Overall, It was a mismatched cast. Total shame.
Donna Bell from Vancouver, British Columbia
I first saw Rent 20 years ago and tonight’s performance can’t hold a candle to what I saw then. I was ready to leave after the first number. The acoustics were terrible, the lyrics couldn’t be heard ( I was sitting C row 11) and the band, especially the drums were too loud. I left at intermission. Save your money, don’t go. I’m a season subscriber and if the productions don’t improve, I will not be renewing my subsciption.
JM from Vancouver, British Columbia
TERRIBLE ACOUSTICS AT THE QUEEN E
I've seen this show in the past and loved it and know the music well. But the sound at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre was so bad that I could barely make out the words. I had great seats and was very disappointed. Not sure if it was just this particular show, or if it's the theatre in general. I want to go back but I'm nervous to spend the money again if it's always going to sound like that :(
Tom from Cincinnati, Ohio
Went to the 12/14 performance in Cincinnati. This could have been so much better... not sure anyone advised the cast of what AIDS was like in the '80s and '90s. There was no chemistry on stage, especially during Act 1. Roger and Mimi - take some voice lessons! Off key was more frequent than on-key. And Angel needs to go to a few drag shows to see what a real drag queen is like. Act 2 was a bit better, but overall, I've seen better high school productions. This is the second poor show we've seen in the Broadway series this year (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the other). Seems like casting for these shows is becoming increasingly difficult. For the current high prices for tickets, we will be reconsidering our choice for 2019/2020. Sure hope Hamilton has a worthy cast.
E. Sack from Cincinnati, Ohio
Oh my.....left at intermission and have NEVER done that before in my life! Kiddos, your sound was bad. Couldn't understand a word. Mark and Roger needed enthusiasm for your characters. Benny, you need to play in JesusChrist Superstar; your voice can handle it because near as I could tell you have the range. Mimi, you tried, but it's a hard demanding part. Angel, you were my delight! And Maureen? There's a difference between enthusiasm and over acting. You accomplished the later. Joanne, Light My Candle....it's a hard song. Look y'all, you're young and RENT is big. And this time you just didn't knock the ball out of the park.
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