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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 77



2.0 star rating H.Knighten from Boise, Idaho


I was familiar with poem the show was based on as well as the show itself, and am a great fan of all musicals and shows, but this disjointed mess was so difficult to watch I left at intermission. I waited that long to be polite to the people around me. The choreography was stiff, the cast interaction was awkward at best and most of the time it seemed like each cast member was given a different script than everyone else and then they were all gathered on stage to perform at once. The story deserved a far better portrayal. The sound quality was also below the usual standards, I understand it was opening night and final stage rehearsal to an empty theater vs a full theater will change the sound, but their engineers should know how to compensate for that by now. Overall, I was greatly disappointed in this production altogether. Given the mass exodus at intermission, I don't think that my opinion was that far off of the rest of the people that left at the same time.

2.0 star rating Lisa from San Francisco, California


Me and my husband was actually chocked by the low level of the production. The scenery, the lighting, the mixing, the music, the sound system, everything just felt so cheap and not worked through. The ensemble is wonderful and super talented but is left in the dark by the low level of the whole production. Very disappointing.

2.0 star rating Stacey Richards from Salt Lake City, Utah


My husband and I look forward to attending the theater and have done so in many places around the country and in London. This is a big show and must have been wonderful when it first ran but the 20th anniversary production was a big disappointment. The characters were not able to pull out much emotion. Their delivery of the play was disjointed and the vocals unmemorable. I would guess that a fifth of the theater emptied at intermission. These stories rang flat. How sad. We did stay for the whole show and I am glad we did because that was our reward for enduring the first half. Then the cast’s timing was better and we started to care. Unfortunately it was too little too late. Please note that this an adult show.

2.0 star rating Peter Lewis from El Segundo, CA


My wife and I had dearly wanted to love Rent at The Pantages. We had never seen the show so we were newbees. By the intermission we realized how disappointed we were. While the staging and some individual performances were very good, everything else did not succeed as a production. The band was much too loud so that it drowned out the cast. As a result, we could not understand any of the lyrics. What a shame. In effect, the entire plot and points of view of the characters were unavailable to us. The voices of the cast were generally strong. Since we could not understand what they were singing, it was a waste. They might as well have been singing in a foreign language. We were very disappointed that we were so disappointed. We left during intermission.

2.0 star rating Jess from Los Angeles, California


7/14/19 First time seeing Rent and loved the idea and importance of this show. However, aside from Maureen, Angel, Joanne, and was, ahem, really awful. Mimi and Roger in particular were not cast correctly and were too green to carry a show. With the amount of songs and scenes they were in, these two should never have been cast together. Both actors were off every time they sang a song, like out of key and tempo. Each time. And then the duets...painful. We had to look at our programs to See if they were understudies. It actually made the show less enjoyable. When you witness a performance like Maureen and Joanne’s duet and then have to sit thru a painful duet with two sub par actors it just shines a light on their inequity. Both Mimi and Roger were just off, low energy, out of time and out of sync. Angel was fantastic. Maureen was spectacular. Mark was forgettable. Roger and Mimi shouldn’t have been cast in leads. Overall, It was a mismatched cast. Total shame.

2.0 star rating Donna Bell from Vancouver, British Columbia


I first saw Rent 20 years ago and tonight’s performance can’t hold a candle to what I saw then. I was ready to leave after the first number. The acoustics were terrible, the lyrics couldn’t be heard ( I was sitting C row 11) and the band, especially the drums were too loud. I left at intermission. Save your money, don’t go. I’m a season subscriber and if the productions don’t improve, I will not be renewing my subsciption.

2.0 star rating JM from Vancouver, British Columbia


I've seen this show in the past and loved it and know the music well. But the sound at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre was so bad that I could barely make out the words. I had great seats and was very disappointed. Not sure if it was just this particular show, or if it's the theatre in general. I want to go back but I'm nervous to spend the money again if it's always going to sound like that :(

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