Mark Cohen – Billy Cullum
Roger Davis – Ross Hunter
Tom Collins – Ryan O’Gorman
Benjamin Coffin lll – Javar La’trail Parker
Angel Schunard – Layton Williams
Mimi Marquez – Philippa Stefani
Maureen Johnson – Lucie Jones
Joanne Jefferson – Shanay Holmes
Rent, is set in the 80s and is follows 8 friends struggling to survive and make a life for themselves in New York under the shadows of HIV/AIDS. The musical spectacular written by Jonathan Larson and is loosely based on Puccini’s La Boehme.
I was very excited to learn that Rent would be embarking on a UK tour, I had watched the film and listened to the soundtrack, so I knew what was to be expected and this production did not disappoint.
The actors brought every character to life and put a lot of feeling into what they were doing, even some of the extras stole the show. The songs leave the audience increasingly wanting more. I fell in love with every one of the actors. I loved the choreography for Angel when she was singing ‘Today 4 u.’ It also surprised me how this cast sounded a lot like the original broadway cast.
The set was very simple and left it to the audience’s imagination, (which is one of the things I prefer about musical theatre). I also liked how the actors played some of the instruments as well.
There was nothing I didn’t like about this production, it met my expectations.
I loved everything about it and every Rent Head should definitely go and see this fantastic production.
RATING: 5 STARS.