Rent Live Reviews

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
Rent: Live isn't the definitive version of Rent, but I don't think it set out to be either. Fox's version of Rent is-to quote David S. Pumpkins-it's own thing.
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
Lots to enjoy - and yet, there was something a bit remote about this Rent.
January 28, 2019
Worse, it failed to create the deep, affecting emotion the musical is known for.
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
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.