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Rent Reviews

Broadway ShowsMusicalsTony WinnersTony NomineesYoung Adult

Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 77



1.0 star rating Lisa Richards from San Francisco, California


Rent at San Francisco Golden Gate Theatre. Wow that was something else. Something bad. It was so loud we had to cover our ears because you could not hear the lyrics anyway unless you looked at the monitor. Acting was bad. Bad casting. There was no real chemistry between Roger and Mimi. Watch some shows from other cultures and learn casting. If there is no chemistry between lovers the show will suffer. You can't fake it audience is too smart. There were times I thought they will turn the show around and it would get better but it never did. I read all the bad reviews but I still went to see it. Don't be making that mistake again.

1.0 star rating Harold from San Francisco, California


Be forewarned- this is a non-Equity, very cheap — and very unsatisfying— production. The acting (if you can call it that) is at the level of a community college production at best. The sound is awful- way over-miked and so poorly mixed as to render the dialogue and singing largely unintelligible. The lighting is pathetically bad — much of the time you can not even see the actors’ faces. SHN should be ashamed of themselves for tricking audiences into thinking this would be a Broadway caliber production.

1.0 star rating from Salt Lake City, Utah


My husband and I attend theatre all over the world. We’ve never left a show...until today. We couldn’t wait for intermission! This production was horrible! Couldn’t understand songs, many vocals off key, no energy with the actors. It was simply dismal! Do not take kids or your Mom!

1.0 star rating Stan from Los Angeles, California


I've been a big fan of Rent. Such a deep and meaningful story, beautiful songs, and the characters that speak to most of us.. But the show in July 2019 in Hollywood was a total disappointment. Too loud music relative to the voices, the actors were mumbling so that you could barely understand them. It seems they took away some parts that made the whole story illogical and not clear. The actors were great and talented - but not for Rent. Disaster. I regret I paid $100 for the ticket.

1.0 star rating Michelle from Los Angeles, California


We have seen Rent in New York, Chicago and LA and cannot believe the production of this show in Los Angeles for the 20th anniversary. The producers must be tone deaf and have no eye for talent. Do not waste your time or money to see it. The entire cast seemed to be singing off key and their choice for Mimi and Roger who are main characters could not have been worse. At intermission several patrons left and as they walked out one couple asked if we wanted their tickets which were third row center. Couldn’t think of anything more painful so we handed those tickets off to a young couple who had never seen the show before. We did stay until the end but ditched out before the applause started for the cast. Couldn't even give them that courtesy. This was my 20 year wedding anniversary and thought it would be nostalgic to take my husband to see the show. What a disappointment. Shame on the producers and directors who put this show on. Such a disappointment. It’s disjointed and awful.

1.0 star rating Sharna Kinsey from Houston, Texas


I have never seen Rent, and was really excited to see it. We are season ticket holders, so we see a lot of musicals. First time walking out of a production at intermission. I had no idea what was happening, couldn’t hear the songs, didn’t connect with any of the characters, and just didn’t care to. I thought that maybe the show didn’t age well, but judging by the other comments, this is just a bad production. I’ve see high school musicals that were better than this.

1.0 star rating Barbara from Houston, Texas


We have season tickets and left at intermission. The play seemed to be about starving artists and their ordeals, but not sure as there seemed to be no story line and the singing was hard to understand. Very disappointing play. The man in charge of valet parking indicated he would need to have more parking attendants at intermission for the rest of the week, as many people were leaving early.

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