An independent show guide not a venue or show. All tickets 100% guaranteed, some are resale, prices may be above face value. We're an independent show guide not a venue or show. We sell primary, discount and resale tickets, all 100% guaranteed prices may be above face value. We are an independent show guide not a venue or show. We sell primary, discount and resale tickets, all 100% guaranteed and they may be priced above or below face value.

Rent Reviews

Broadway ShowsMusicalsTony WinnersTony NomineesYoung Adult

Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 84



1.0 star rating Phill from Calgary, Alberta


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


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


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


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


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.

1.0 star rating KJL from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Terrible audio. Spotlights couldn't find the singers. Singers out of tune and inarticulate. Band WAY TOO LOUD. Terrible experience all around.

1.0 star rating Marie B. from Ottawa, Ontario


I was excited to attend the performance of Rent this evening at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. We had great seats. I had never seen Rent before. I prepared myself beforehand, by reading about the musical earlier in the week, particularly about the plot and important themes that are as important today as they were 20 years ago. Well... I really really did not like it! The songs were terrible, not catchy at all, and I did not feel moved by them as I so wanted to be. The sound was loud and the lyrics difficult to understand. The cast had good voices but did not have good songs to sing. The set was too busy. The choreography was terrible, no fluid movements, more just jumping around. We left at intermission. I would not recommend this musical. I love attending that musical in which the songs are inspiring and you get that pleasant feeling deep in your soul and days afterwards, you want to hear that music over and over again. This is definitely not that musical!!!

What you thought

Seen Rent? Loved it? Hated it?

Help your fellow Philadelphia Theater visitors by leaving the first review. Everyone will love you for it, we promise!

Write a review now


Venue home

Venue home







Additional Information

seating chart
SeatingSeating map

Spread the word

Sound good to you? Share this page on social media and let your friends know about Rent at Merriam Theater.

Keep up to date

I want email news and updates for events in my area! Read how we protect your data.

Please note: The term Merriam Theater and/or Rent as well as all associated graphics, logos, and/or other trademarks, tradenames or copyrights are the property of the Merriam Theater and/or Rent and are used herein for factual descriptive purposes only. We are in no way associated with or authorized by the Merriam Theater and/or Rent and neither that entity nor any of its affiliates have licensed or endorsed us to sell tickets, goods and or services in conjunction with their events.