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11 October 2009 @ 11:12 pm
Rent: The Broadway Tour  
Rent is one of my favorite musicals. I was so excited when they did that movie a few years back, because I figured that would be the only chance I'd ever get to see the original cast perform the roles they originated on Broadway back in 1996. However, a few months back I heard that a touring Rent production would be coming to San Francisco in October, and Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal would be returning as Mark and Roger, and I was like OH YES I'M GONNA SEE THAT WOOOHOOOOO!

So my brother and I left San Jose an hour and a half before the show started, which should have been plenty of time to get to the Curran Theatre, but there were two strikes against us:
1/ We got caught in bridge traffic and didn't know the San Francisco streets well enough to try to navigate without our precious Google directions
2/ We got lost anyway and spent waaaaaaaay too long trying to figure out how to get where we were going.

I was so bummed; we missed all of my favorite songs because we were So. Embarrassingly. Late. Rent, One Song Glory, and Out Tonight were all over by the time we arrived. Such a bummer. :( But what can you do? I screwed up in our timing and then it took us forever to find the theatre. It happens. (Totally sucked, though; those tickets were for the cheap seats but it was still a lot of money for someone working part-time at Lush! If I had more money, I'd buy another set of tickets and go with Seanie so I could see the whole thing, but I haven't got the change to waste.)

What I did see was awesome for the most part. Anthony Rapp sounds the same, and still looks youthful enough for the role of Mark...except for the fact that he's totally thinning on top. It's one of those things you don't notice if you're sitting down in the nice seats, but if you're up in the balcony, looking down at the action...well, you notice. But he's so much fun on the stage. This is the second time I've seen him live (I saw him a few years ago with Seanie in Little Shop of Horrors. He makes an excellent Seymour.)

Adam Pascal, on the other hand...well, to be honest it seemed like he was phoning in the performance half the time. I dunno, he just didn't bring the same energy that the rest of the cast seemed to be crackling with. Maybe he was having an off-night.

The rest of the cast were great. The actress playing Maureen, Nicolette Hart, sounded just like Idina Menzel when she was speaking; it was almost freaky. When she was singing, though, she had her own unique voice, and she just did a fantastic job. Really stood out in my memory.

It makes me really want to see the show again. I love it. I wonder if it'd be worth the time to go wait in line for the $20 front row tickets...