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Review on the musical play Rent.

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I am going to be giving a play review on the musical play Rent. Rent was the first play I had ever been to. With having a certain conception on plays and their whole premise, after seeing Rent I became enthralled with theater and its whole production. Rent a musical play by Jonathan Larson is a modern musical about life and death that takes place in New York's East Village, populated by drug dealers and society's forgotten, which is loosely based on Puccini's La Boheme. Rent is part Broadway musical, part performance art, part rock concert. These three seemingly different elements are entertainingly merged in Rent. Rent chronicles the lives, loves and deaths of its major characters from December 24th through the next Christmas and into the following year. Rent deals with AIDS, drugs, homosexuality, and loss. Loss of innocence, loss of life, loss of work, loss of hope, you name it. Rent is as gritty as its subject matter. ...read more.


The cast of Rent brought professionalism to the table and for most of the cast it was there first play production. I believe the key to Rents success was the remarkable intensity and enthusiasm with which the young cast performed. There was this instance in the play where they had a dance number; the vibrant cast members were jumping around flying from one area of the stage to the next in a ballet like manner. The actors undoubtedly motivated the crowd to sing along while hitting their cues and projecting with the utmost clarity. Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and the New York Theatre Workshop produced the play. Rent features musical direction by Tim Weil, Tony Award-winning choreography by Marlies Yearby, set design by Paul Clay, costume design by Angela Wendt and lighting design by Blake Burba. Tony award winning should mean something to those of use who don't frequent plays on a regular basis. ...read more.


It wasn't the ordinary Douglas fir with ornaments; it was a conglomerate of steel and iron towering above the cast. The props vibrant in color amidst a dreary backdrop added life to an already eventful stage. The appeal that Rent has had is not surprising. The show hits many young people where they live. It would have been interesting to see what the show would be like had Jonathan Larson (Rent's creator) not died of an aortic aneurysm the night before the show's first Broadway preview. As for the audience at the Wilshire Theater, I can attest that most if not all walked out entertained and elated on the performance the cast gave. Rent has made theatrical history, and it deserves most of the praise it has gotten, it is quite worth seeing this groundbreaking musical. You will learn something about yourself, if not you'll have a fun time enjoying some really good performances. I walked out of the theater with a positive attitude towards the performing arts and will continue to enjoy the arts from here on out. ...read more.

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