Robert Singer from Los Angeles, California
We are Rent fans and have seen the play over 20 times.Many of the productions were amateurish but we took a chance anyway because we love the show so much. This (20th anniversary Pantages) production is the best in over 10 years. The cast tore the house down last night (Jan 25) We are going back Sunday and it aint cheap..but that's how good it is. They are sold out but if you can find a ticket..go...go...go!! P.S. Not a good play for kids..eat at Delphines across the street before play!
from Louisville, Kentucky
We saw it Saturday afternoon and really enjoyed it! Angel, Maureen, Joanne and the girl who sang the solo in Seasons of Love have amazing voices! Mimi was a huge disappointment voice wise since Out Tonight is a favorite and she butchered it!! We were top balcony, so we really couldn’t see faces. Will get closer seats next time.
Diane from St. Louis, Missouri
SOME STOOD OUT; SOME NOT-SO-MUCH; OVERALL GREAT SHOW!
I love Rent! As a Chicago native, I saw it when it first came to Chicago oh, so many years ago. I bought the CD by the original cast, saw the movie numerous times in theaters and bought the DVD. I know every song and line by heart - note for note. I was impressed by the cast, Maureen (a joy to watch), Joanne (her vocals are amazing), Mark (perfectly cast), Collins (man, can that guy sing!), and a female member of the ensemble who has a solo in the Seasons of Love song (that girl has pipes on her that you would not believe!). My only not-so-good takeaways were Roger (screams during most songs, and seemed tired), Mimi (couldn't hold the notes all the way through; dancing was great, but seemed unconvincing; Maureen stole the show from Mimi), (I hate to say this, but...) Angel was dynamic, but lost his breath throughout the numbers. So some of the lines came out rushed. The music itself seemed rushed, with blunt transitions between scenes. But I still gave a standing ovation! Worth it!
Haley from Seattle, Washington
The performance was overall awesome! Mark, Angel, Collins, Maurine, and Joanne were that stars of the show. Mimi was a huge disappointment in every aspect, and roger was a bit over the top with his acting and got a little screamy when he sings. The show its self was just like the movie and the production was breath taking!!!! I have been such a huge fan and that was a huge highlight in my life was being able to see it on broadway! I loved it!!!!
Cindy from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
OVERALL GREAT! ... BUT MIMI?
We are Rent fans from wayyy back, and although the rest of the cast went BEYOND our expectations (especially Angel, Collins, and Joanne), we were so disappointed in the casting of Mimi. Her voice was sub par, but beyond that, she lacked grace and rhythm. Her dancing was awkward and uncomfortable. I'm sorry if this review is harsh, but it really affected our enjoyment of the show.
Don from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
RENT AT HEINZ HALL REVIEW 3/27/2018
Saw rent tonight, sorry but for the 20 year anniversary, it just didn't quite hit the mark. The orchestra was way too loud and at times it seemed the cast were screaming their lines. It was hard to understand the majority of the songs. I know it was the opening night here, but to my wife and I we were very disappointed. Would not take children under 15. I didn't remember it being quie that vulgar. The price was a bit high for the evening.
R-D from Las Vegas, Nevada
Music was great. Performance lacked quality. Some singers very loud, hurt the ears. The odd signers off key! Very crude in many scenes. Some overacting. Director should take a second look at his performers. I gave the stars for music and a great set not for performance. A little rough? Perhaps... Many of us left during intermission....
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