Rent In Concert - Kerry Ellis/Rory Taylor
Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:03 AM
Rent is my favourite musical and I've seen it a few times, this wasn't one of the best. The cast said the show had been put together in 8 days and you could tell: fluffed lines, poor lighting/ sound etc. Kerry as Mimi was an interesting cast choice given the age of Mimi. Pairing her up with Rory made the age more noticeable!!
The show wasn't all bad, there were some excellent performances: Take Me or Leave Me- outstanding, Leon as Collins- brilliant, Seasons of Love- gave me goosebumps (especially when the entire theatre joined in at the end!)
Rory has a great voice but he seemed to have a smile on his face during the whole show which was saying "how did I get here?!" (Could have been because Brian May was in the audience!)
On the whole it was a good show which just needs tweaking/ fine tuning. If rumours are true and it is going to tour other theatres later in the year then hopefully these issues will be dealt with.
If people haven't seen Rent then I would recommend this tour, for those that know the show off by heart then it may disappoint a bit!!
If it does tour again which cast would people like to see??
Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:38 PM
(And I'd like to see Rachel Tucker as Maureen if it ever toured again... maybe Oliver Tompsett as Roger?)
Planned: Once (London)
Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:49 PM
Enjoy the show- Rent is a great musical.
Posted 29 April 2013 - 06:18 PM
Planned: Once (London)
Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:47 PM
Didn't really know the songs, except for Seasons of Love before going as never seen Rent before but I did have an idea of the story as I read a synopsis on the web before booking. The whole cast was great. Especially Niki (and her Mooing). But there was not really a weak link anywhere in my opinion.
They had a few technical problems, which meant they actually stopped briefly in the first act to fix the lighting but it did not disrupt the flow too much.
I would advise people who even have a remote interested in the show to catch it this week if they can.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 10:40 AM
Nikki DJ was fabulous and the stand out performance for me. Her "Over the moon" was hilarious and perfectly sung, and her "Take me or Leave me" with Jemma Alexander (who also was brilliant) was great. These two ladies need to return to the West End pretty fast.
Rory Taylors singing was fine, but I thought his acting lacked a bit.
Special mention to Tim Prottey-Jones and Beth Humphreys for their amazing soli in "Seasons of Love".
Didn't like Kerry Ellis' Mimi too much though - and it wasn't her age, as she didn't look that old as I expected, but Mimi isn't just her role. Was also quite disappointed by her "Out tonight"
For my taste the music was too loud (or the cast too quiet), as it drowned the cast from time to time. Some ensemble members were sometimes quite hard to understand.
I thought that the tiny bits of merchandise they were offering were quite overpriced. £5 for that thin leaflet (some may call it programme) and £20 for a t-shirt is way too expensive for my taste (and then only black t-shirts - I don't wear black when no-one's dead ).
If I lived in the UK, I'd probably see this again before its end, but unfortunately I've got to be back in the office tomorrow morning...
Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:24 PM
Ultimately it was great hearing the music live again. The five piece band only very occasionally felt underpowered, normally when the arrangement overused keyboards, but it sounded gorgeous otherwise. It needed to be fully staged or just a concert....the odd hybrid nature meant it could never quite reach it's potential to blow your socks off.
Posted 04 May 2013 - 10:11 PM
Posted 04 May 2013 - 11:01 PM
No, of course it's not.
It's meant to be some sort of hope to end on, and some sort of positivity. In my opinion Finale B is the best part of the whole score.
Posted 05 May 2013 - 06:16 AM
It was full of 'young uns' when I saw it in Cardiff so great to know that it has the power to excite further generations, but this habiit of whooping & shrieking after every song really spoilt the flow of the show. Perhaps another reason why it should have been one thing or another? If you want to carry an audience along on a theatrical journey, interupting it with a thousand shrieking 17 year old girls every couple of minutes probably isn't the way to go.
Ultimately we should be happy that producers are happy to put money into an enterprise like this; Awesome talent getting the chance to sing an amazing score.
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