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Rent Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 70



1.0 star rating Michelle from Los Angeles, California


We have seen Rent in New York, Chicago and LA and cannot believe the production of this show in Los Angeles for the 20th anniversary. The producers must be tone deaf and have no eye for talent. Do not waste your time or money to see it. The entire cast seemed to be singing off key and their choice for Mimi and Roger who are main characters could not have been worse. At intermission several patrons left and as they walked out one couple asked if we wanted their tickets which were third row center. Couldn’t think of anything more painful so we handed those tickets off to a young couple who had never seen the show before. We did stay until the end but ditched out before the applause started for the cast. Couldn't even give them that courtesy. This was my 20 year wedding anniversary and thought it would be nostalgic to take my husband to see the show. What a disappointment. Shame on the producers and directors who put this show on. Such a disappointment. It’s disjointed and awful.

2.0 star rating 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 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.

1.0 star rating Sharna Kinsey from Houston, Texas


I have never seen Rent, and was really excited to see it. We are season ticket holders, so we see a lot of musicals. First time walking out of a production at intermission. I had no idea what was happening, couldn’t hear the songs, didn’t connect with any of the characters, and just didn’t care to. I thought that maybe the show didn’t age well, but judging by the other comments, this is just a bad production. I’ve see high school musicals that were better than this.

1.0 star rating Barbara from Houston, Texas


We have season tickets and left at intermission. The play seemed to be about starving artists and their ordeals, but not sure as there seemed to be no story line and the singing was hard to understand. Very disappointing play. The man in charge of valet parking indicated he would need to have more parking attendants at intermission for the rest of the week, as many people were leaving early.

1.0 star rating Rob from Calgary, Alberta


What I watched was a watered down expression of a musical that once had an impact on society. Two of the three male lead singers were brutally bad particularly the gentleman who played Mark. The sound was not good and the fact that the actors sing every line in the musical was not only irritating but hard to follow. For anyone who has seen a true grand performance you would know this was not it! A disappointment with some very stirring numbers such as “light my candle” . The ladies were outstanding as was “Tom and Angel”. Any standing ovation was because it’s what your supposed to do.....not deserved.

1.0 star rating Marie B. from Calgary, Alberta


Wow - where do I even begin? Terrible production, music too loud, sound was so terrible I needed to cover my ears multiple times, couldn’t understand the lyrics to properly follow the story, singing sounded more like screaming at times, lack of chemistry between characters (Mimi and Roger), overacting (Maureen), sad excuse for a leading role (Mark)... overall a very junior crew giving it their best shot, but failing miserably. The positives? Outstanding, touching performance by Angel, and solid mastering of singing by Tom Collins. We thought about leaving at intermission, but decided to stay for the (shorter) second act. 3 hours of our lives we will never get back. We sure hope the next 2 events we’ve purchased tickets for will be better than this one.

1.0 star rating Phill from Calgary, Alberta


We were sadly disappointed by the casts ability to make this a good performance. Pitchy singing that was more screaming.

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