Not too fussed about Rory’s looks, think Roger can look many different ways, but even though he sang it well enough, his performance was completely devoid of any emotion when I saw it last year in Hackney and then end of the year in Wimbledon.
My biggest gripe with the production is the sound in general, it just didn’t have any oooompf, for want of a better word. It didn’t feel rock-ey at all, sounded like someone was playing rock music on their cheap keyboard in their living room. I also felt that in both legs of the tour (which I know is marketed as Rent in CONCERT), the lines between concert performance and actual acting performance were quite blurred, with the staging being pretty much complete (there isn’t much for Rent anyway) and some people acting the role fully, whereas others seemed to take more of a concert approach, just hitting their blocking when needed. But maybe the ones I thought were doing that were trying to act it full out and are just bad actors. With Rory I think that might well have been the case.
It’s a shame, I love Rent and was bitterly disappointed with that production when I went to Hackney last year, the only reason I went to see the other leg of the tour in Wimbledon is because I managed to get a reduced price ticket and wanted to see Rachel John as Mimi.
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