Rock Opera Rent with Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye) from Musical Theatre West
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The last date listed for Rent was Sunday December 20, 2009 / 2:00pm.
Currently at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
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One of the best known saxophonists in the world, David Sanborn blends jazz, pop, rock and R&B into a smooth-as-silk sound that no other sax player has quite managed to copy. The career of this multiple Grammy winner was launched in 1975 by his (aptly-titled) debut album, Taking Off, and it hasn't come down since, spanning more than two dozen other albums. Established as both a soloist and a collaborator with the likes of Bowie, the Stones and Clapton, Sanborn now brings his "sweet-tart alto sound" (The New York Times) to Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beachfor an impassioned performance.
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Featured review from Ashley Berns
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Wow. I mean, really, wow! I realize that doesn't cover much, so I will try and be more thorough. I have been a RENT fan since the show came out. I owned the soundtrack before I even knew that much about the show. I would call myself a RENThead, but I honestly haven't had the chance to attend productions of this show like my true RENThead friends. That all said, this may truly be my favorite production that I have ever seen.
Let's begin with the fact that the Carpenter Theatre was a wonderful venue to see a production in. I have never been to this theatre before, but I have to say, even sitting in the very back row, I had a wonderful view. Great raked seating, and I swear not a bad seat in the house.
Now, as far as the production goes, I have to say, I was just totally blown away. Great cast, amazingly talented all of them down to the ensemble. Seeing Jai as Angel was a treat, and I think he did a great job with the role. That said, the cast as a whole just did an outstanding job.
Mark was exactly what I wanted in that character, not overpowering and very true to the roots of being the guy who is just seems to be there as almost only and observer to his life and everyone elses. Roger was highly characterized as a rocker guy with issues, but it worked really well for the role. Mimi's voice may be one of the best I have heard in musical theatre, or anywhere in a long time. She was never afraid to belt out a note and with her talent, I am not surprised. To be honest I think vocally she blew Daphne Ruben Vega out of the water. Collins was done with a reserved sofistication I have not seen before, and it made his scenes in act two just soar and tear at your heart in ways I don't have words for. Joanne and Maureen were realistic, both talented and believable as the rocky road couple. The rest of the supporting roles as well were beautifully acted and sung.
There is so much more I could say about this amazing production, but instead of spoiling it, I would really love to encourage you all to get out and see it yourselves.
Way to go Musical Theatre West, can't wait to see Sweeney Todd in January.
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RENT is an amazing show! It is a little dark, and there is some strong content, but the message and the story is beautiful. I will recommend this to mature individuals with compassionate hearts. Definitely not a show for an extreme far Right...continued
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Rent was amazing. I have never seen the play or watched the movie before so this was a first for me. It was much more than I could of asked for. It was funny, sad and kept my attention the entire time. I would recommend it to everyone. The venue...continued
Rent is one of the most popular musicals in theater history. With a twelve year run on Broadway, the show is an update of the Puccini’s La Boheme, but takes place in late 20th century New York. The gritty subject material and powerful songs of the young creator combined to make the show a new icon of modern musical theater. Writer and composer Jonathan Larson set out to transform the tragic opera into a modern day New York setting, complete with rock music. The story of Rent follows the lives of a group of young artists in New York City’s East Village. In addition to being too poor to pay rent on their apartments, several of the members of the group are HIV positive. The play revolves around three couples, Collins and the cross-dressing Angel, the often-fighting Mimi and Roger, and the always-fighting Joanne and Maureen. The final member of the group is Mark, a filmmaker who spends more time taping the lives of his friends than he spends living his own life. All of the members of the group refuse to live a traditional lifestyle, embracing bohemian concepts and surviving as well as they can.
About the Ticket Supplier: Musical Theatre West
Musical Theatre West is one of Southern California’s oldest and most respected regional musical theatre companies and draws more than 60,000 patrons to Long Beach’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Now in its 62nd season, Musical Theatre West is the fastest growing arts organization in Long Beach and is dedicated to preserving musical theatre as a unique American art form.