Bril show or what some of the scenes was funny and some was moving.
All the cast was amazing especially Adam Rickitt. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
14 Apr 03
Bril show or what some of the scenes was funny and some was moving.
All the cast was amazing especially Adam Rickitt. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
14 Apr 03
i have never walked out of the theatre before until Rent. It was a mess, no form, inaudible and trashy. It was the worst theatre production of any genre I have ever seen and was a total waste of time and money. I cannot understand why anyone would give it one star let alone four. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
21 Jan 02
I can't see what people have against this musical!!! It is about life in our own generation, and shows (a based on real life) story. Most people that don't like this argue that it isn't your typical musical like Les Mis, Phantom etc.. that is true, however why try to compare these of such difference!! What do see wrong with the show? The songs aren't suited for elevator music! Thanks to people here who are giving RENT, a score it deserves, 5, it os a new musical, meant to be different, and this is what makes it special, so what if they have a soap star in it!! He can still sing (although not the best, he is still very good). All I can say is that although we all are biased by our own views I disagree with everyone who thinks RENT, is just a 'dissapointing' musical! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
24 Dec 01
I went to Rent thinking it was a modern day musical which was to speak to the younger gneration and be genuinely original in comparison to so many of the well known old favourites out there. I was left extremely dissapointed. It is not a play which talks about real life issues in a genuine way, it rather tackily pretends to understand such issues as AIDS and homosexuality by dancing around the topics and proclaiming that the only way to understand such issues is to have a good old sing song about them with some appaulingly cheesy songs such as 'season's of love' which is the sort of tune you expect to find playing in a department store lift. And as for the woman's cow bit, most of the audience were embarrased and baffled. Adam Rickett was better than I expected (his coronation street routes leaving me slightly tentitive) on the singing front but a well toned body can't make up for real acting talent. If your looking for a good night out, go and see an old favourite like My Fair Lady or Chicago. You may know what to expect on the storyline/song front but if this little surprise is anything to go by, you'll be thanking god that you do... - USER: Whatsonstage.com
19 Dec 01
The plot can’t be described as straightforward it took a while to work out exactly what was going on. My advice is get their early go to the bar and study the ‘Who’s who?’ in the programme before the show starts.
The show tackles tough issues and makes you stop and think left me questioning my own life…
The whole cast shine Mykal Rand as Collins has an amazing voice and Lucy Williamson’s portrayal of Maureen is outstanding and of course Debbie Kurup is wonderful as Mimi…
What more can I say but congratulations to Paul Kerryson and everyone involved in RENT...
I've seen RENT in Leicester, Northampton and Nottingham each time the cast have received a standing ovation so if you won't take my word for it!!! Can't wait to see it in London...
I JUMPED OVER THE *MOOOOOON*!!! Mark - USER: Whatsonstage.com
16 Dec 01
Let's see..what did i like about Rent? Well they did have mint ice cream in the interval! Alright, we like musicals, so off we go, £20 in hand, and we buy very nice seats for Rent. Then we discover that Adam Rickett is in it. Tut tut, a soap star! Oh well, says I, let's give him a chance, and we would have, only he wasn't in it, so I can't comment on his performance. But it's the musical itself I have argument with, not the actors, and 'tis a big argument. I did like one of the songs: it had a good harmony line, but everthing else was very poor. I found it hard to follow the plotline, hard to understand the irritating squawks of the telephone users, (were they meant to be singing there?) and hard not to cringe at the obviously forced political correctness of the whole facade. "Hey guys, let's do a show about young people struggling with life issues and emotions!! Yeah, yeah, it'll be cool, the critics'll love it!"
As a young person, I can say that Rent is trash. The way they sung a song about a character (Maureen) before we even knew who she was or what she was meant to be doing was stupid: we had no way of connecting with the song or with the character, and when she did appear, and started talking about cows, well! I didn't know where to look. The audience didn't know whether she was joking or not when she asked them to "moo" with her and so an embarrassingly small smattering of audience members joined in. I'm glad I saw it though: it was a learning curve. We can't accept all entertainment presented to us as a quality product. We do have to use our own brains and opinions to make educated decisions. I was sucked in by reviews but ended up firmly deciding that Rent is not a night out you want to spend £20 on. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
12 Dec 01
While Rent may be applauded by some for dealing with, as Adam Rickett put it the other day, 'life oriented issues', to me, it just felt like they were going down a checklist - AIDS! Homosexuality! Interracial relationships! - and doing 'raw' and 'real' theatre by numbers. Consequently, none of the characters are engaging (many are simply annoying) and the story carries no emotional resonance. When yet another sketchily drawn, ill-developed character reached their inevitable death, I found myself totally unmoved.
Rent's comic moments, as well as its 'moving' ones, fall flat. One scene involving a supposedly kerazeee cow impression was embarrassing and painful to watch, as none of the audience seemed to get this or many other jokes.
This said, some of Rent's songs are pleasant enough, though hardly memorable. Unfortunately the cast only seem to have two modes of singing - shouting and shouting louder, which ruins what good melodies there are.
The Rent hype will tell you that audiences have been inspired by this show, and I must say I was too - inpsired to leave the theatre as soon as possible and tell everyone I know never to see this show! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
11 Dec 01
Absolutely brilliant, go see this show it is a wondeful piece of theatre, I certainly will be going again. I laughed and cried so much. Debbie Kerrup was fantastic as was Mikal Rand. What a powerful company. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
08 Dec 01
An absolutely brilliant show. Go see it just for Mykal Rands "I'll cover you" reprise - which is worth the ticket price itself!! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
07 Dec 01
Having seen the original London production, I was wondering how this one would compare.
Very well, is the answer.
The story line seems more simple and easy to understand. It's slicker and there are some new talents which we're bound to see again.
I particularly liked the lead dancer, Debbie Kurup I think. She's got a great voice, dances like a dream and uses her agility to really get the audience moving. The black girl also had a great voice. Tina Turner great. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
06 Dec 01
This show is truly amazing. I saw it in Leicester back in February, and I have never been that affected by anything in my life. The young company are superb, still performing with enthusiasm and energy 10 months after they began to tour! I am going to come to London to see them again in January, don't miss it! My favourite character is homosexual with AIDS Tom Collins (played by Mykal Rand), his "I'll Cover You - Reprise" in Act 2
reduced me to tears. As a Leicester resident I am proud to say that this fantastic musical experience originated in my home town. Go and see it if you get the chance! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
05 Dec 01
What more can I say? Any other show would not have gotten that high a score in my review, but this is truly inspiring. I've seen it twice already and I'm planning to come to the West End, I was that impressed.
To choose a favourite character would be impossible, they are all extremely good. Lucy Williamson brings the essence of Maureen to life (if you're lucky enough to catch her, she only performs 6 shows a week)
, Damien Flood as struggling musician Roger, struggling to find his "one song glory" is another high point for me, as are Mykal Rand (Tom Collins) and Neil Couperthwaite (Angel). DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! The
hype is all true! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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