Rent Live Reviews

February 6, 2019
Live performance of popular, mature musical hits sour note.
February 1, 2019
This, it should not need to be said, made for a depressingly lame show...
January 29, 2019
Outside the dress rehearsal disaster, one of the weirder side effects of "Rent" airing on Fox is that "Rent" could never be itself on Fox.
January 29, 2019
We'll never know whether a genuinely live version would have come closer to preserving the urgency of Larson's beloved musical, but it certainly would've had a better excuse for showing so many seams.
January 29, 2019
The screwup on this one is about to become legendary and will probably have massive effects on any live musical theater performances on television going forward.
January 29, 2019
But to make all of this even weirder, there was a live performance of Rent happening onstage - and it was awesome!
January 29, 2019
I will give the live rendition credit on a couple of counts, however. Jordan Fisher, who played Mark, was fantastic.
January 28, 2019
There were moments, songs, and even stretches of "Rent Live" that worked as an engrossing musical experience, but the whole thing did not gel.
January 28, 2019
Rent had a chance to show off the flexibility and work ethic of Broadway in the face of a setback - and completely blew it.
January 28, 2019
Yes, it was disappointing. But clearly there was love in this production, too.
January 28, 2019
Worse, it failed to create the deep, affecting emotion the musical is known for.
January 28, 2019
However, for reasons both outside of and within its control, Rent Live misses the mark. The earnest nature shines through, but the craftsmanship does not.
January 28, 2019
Given the various shortcomings, it's not clear it would have made enough of a difference to redeem a show that struggled to recover from an equally bad start.
January 28, 2019
Someday, some network will deliver an unforgettable "Rent" to viewers. This, alas, wasn't it.
January 28, 2019
The production offered some interesting new ideas as to staging, but the pace felt rushed at times, and muddled at others; numbers that should have been surefire did not always connect.
January 28, 2019
I'd never accuse anybody in this cast of consciously holding back. But dress rehearsals are dress rehearsals; even if you're giving everything you have, the adrenaline is different.