Review by Monique Thompson
The critically acclaimed musical RENT has landed at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas for the 20th anniversary tour of the award winning musical. RENT tells the story of a group of young artists friends struggling to survive and create a life in NYC’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
The Tony Award winning musical, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème, has been a huge success, leading to several national tours and foreign productions, as well as a motion picture back in 2005.
One thing to know about RENT: it is fast paced! Thankfully, I’ve watched the motion pictures numerous of times and know the story front to back. If you’ve never saw the motion picture, you may become a little lost or find it a little difficult to keep up with. RENT is one of those musical where actual dialog is very limited, with everything being communicated via song. The lyrics are very descriptive and detailed though so as long as you’re able to understand and keep up with the music, you’ll be all good. RENT doesn’t require dramatic stage props and numerous dance numbers to be effective. The band is situated on the stage the duration of the show and there’s really only one stage change which takes place during intermission before act two is underway. The music is captivating and all of the singers are exceptionally talented and articulate the lyrics very well so as long as you brain can keep up, you’ll easily understand why RENT has continued to captivate audiences across the globe for 20 years!