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Rent Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 77

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1.0 star rating Rob from Calgary, Alberta

A GRADE 12 PRODUCTION AT BEST

What I watched was a watered down expression of a musical that once had an impact on society. Two of the three male lead singers were brutally bad particularly the gentleman who played Mark. The sound was not good and the fact that the actors sing every line in the musical was not only irritating but hard to follow. For anyone who has seen a true grand performance you would know this was not it! A disappointment with some very stirring numbers such as “light my candle” . The ladies were outstanding as was “Tom and Angel”. Any standing ovation was because it’s what your supposed to do.....not deserved.

1.0 star rating Marie B. from Calgary, Alberta

3 HOURS OF OUR LIFE AND $250 WE WILL NEVER GET BACK 🤷🏻‍♀️

Wow - where do I even begin? Terrible production, music too loud, sound was so terrible I needed to cover my ears multiple times, couldn’t understand the lyrics to properly follow the story, singing sounded more like screaming at times, lack of chemistry between characters (Mimi and Roger), overacting (Maureen), sad excuse for a leading role (Mark)... overall a very junior crew giving it their best shot, but failing miserably. The positives? Outstanding, touching performance by Angel, and solid mastering of singing by Tom Collins. We thought about leaving at intermission, but decided to stay for the (shorter) second act. 3 hours of our lives we will never get back. We sure hope the next 2 events we’ve purchased tickets for will be better than this one.

1.0 star rating Phill from Calgary, Alberta

ONLY BROADWAY ACROSS CANADA DISAPPOINTMENT WE’ HAD

We were sadly disappointed by the casts ability to make this a good performance. Pitchy singing that was more screaming.

1.0 star rating Disappointed from Calgary, Alberta

SINGERS WHERE FABULOUS

Disappointed with the acting however the singers where extremely talented and had amazing voices. Having never seen the show before - the program did not prepare us for what was going on. Judging by the number of people who left at half way - they did not get it either.

1.0 star rating from Calgary, Alberta

COUDLN'T WAIT FOR IT TO BE OVER

The singers were very talented but the overall production was lacking. We hadn't seen rent before and there wasn't really any storyline to the musical. We have been broadway across Canada members for 5 or 6 years and this was our first disappointment. We had friends who left at intermission and at the end of the show we were wishing we had left too.

1.0 star rating from Vancouver, British Columbia

LEFT AT INTERMISSION

Went with three others and at intermission we all looked at each other and asked “what was that???” We couldn’t understand any of the words. The actors all shouted. There was no chemistry between them. We had no idea what the story line was and bailed. Brutal. Wish we could get our money back. Never left a broadway musical before - this production should never have been part of the BAC. Really, really bad!

1.0 star rating Katy from Vancouver, British Columbia

RENT - DISAPPOINTING

So disappointed! As others have said, I couldn’t make out the lyrics at all! I could barely piece together a storyline. No idea why the audience was encouraged to ‘moo’ along with the cast member. None of us had seen Rent before, and yet my party of four enthusiastically and unanimously agreed to leave at intermission. Very unfortunate to have been subject to this production of Rent considering its long and successful history on stage. I feel like I missed an opportunity to become a fan as so many others have through the years.

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