Rock Opera Rent with Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye) from Musical Theatre West
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After dazzling audiences in New York and Boston -- and winning the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical revival -- this exciting new staging of Pippin comes to the Pantages. This updated version of the Broadway classic infuses the production with amazing acrobatics and wondrous magical feats, along with the music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, award-winning composer of Wicked and Godspell. With classic songs "Corner of the Sky," "No Time at All," "Magic to Do" and "Extraordinary," and recreated versions of Bob Fosse's original choreography, this sexy and sophisticated version of Pippin tells the story of the son of Charlemagne, leader of the Holy Roman Empire, who goes on a death-defying journey to find meaning in life. He encounters love, sex, war and politics, and must ultimately choose between a life that's ordinary or a flash of singular glory. Learn More
The parking is very disorganized at MTW. Be sure to allow time going in and getting out. On the Atherton side, they are usually line up into the street. It appears there is only one line, but there is normally two. There is just no sign or person to let you know . You may see someone a block away swing their arms, if anything.'S Wonderful info • Apr 21 2014 star this tip starred
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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.