Molly from Cleveland, Ohio
I have seen RENT 5 times including tonight. What a huge disappointment! A whole new generation won’t have the ability to fall in love with these characters, the songs, the passion. If you are going to bring back something as amazing as RENT, respect it and do it right! There was zero passion or acting going on. Many actors were off key or Unable to hit the notes at all. I felt no connection or even care for these characters. More so they ruined RENT for me. I will never go see another production of RENT for Fear I would see this again. The story was impossible to follow, characters were soulless and songs were yelled not sung. The end scene with Roger and Mimi was ridiculous. This cast has placed a horrible cloud over RENT and destroyed it for future generations. Lastly the whole thing seemed rushed and glued together.
Cindy Jones from Cleveland, Ohio
CRAPPY PERFORMANCE OF RENT
The entire cast was embarrassingly bad.
Allan Licht/ABL RECORDS from Cleveland, Ohio
VERY SUB-STANDARD PERFORMANCE
It lacked heart, connection, and yes, they all sang well-but the acting and character development was poorly executed. The 2 leads Roger and Mimi had zero chemistry between one another. Jonathon Larson would not be a happy man.
Craig from Spokane, Washington
Saw it last night and left at the break. Could not understand the words in many of the songs. Could not follow the story line. Many people left at the break, as I saw them coming out of the INB onto the street. The actors were very good, I in no way want to put them down, hats off to them.
Larry from Columbus, Ohio
DICTION AND TRANSITIONS
I've seen Rent several times, this version almost seemed unrecognizable, and not in a good way. Re-imagined song arrangements fell flat, odd transitions in areas that seemed highschool-ish. Many of songs lyrics inaudible or rambled through. Just odd.
Keith from Tempe, Arizona
RENT - LEFT AT INTERMISSION- DISAPPOINTED
From the start: Mix of band on stage and vocals were in competition all night Shout singing mixed w sound levels being off - made the story confusing Lack of chemistry between most of the characters A little over acting was to be expected but this was wayyyy over the top Left at intermission feeling that it was more an opportunity for patrons who saw the show 20 yrs ago were to reminisce- but if it was your first time ... you were totally lost and did not appreciate the inside jokes. Most disappointed with the off key shout singing.
L Holbrook from Boise, Idaho
1 STAR IS BEING GENEROUS
The production I saw was worse than a high school production. The music was difficult to understand. The actors were not good. The storyline was difficult to follow. It was not engaging or entertaining in anyway. We ended up leaving during intermission along with half the audience. It was 90 minutes we will never get back. I know this show has won awards and so I am wondering if it was just this touring group or is this just a show I don't like.
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