Rent on Tour 2007

Disclosure: This is in no way to make Alexis hate me any more (hehehe).

I had the amazing opportunity to see Rent on tour last night with my mom for my birthday. It was AMAZING. I cannot even describe in words how great it was. If you haven't seen the movie, I urge you to, and then go out and see the production live. You will want to see it again. I do. (It's coming to Chicago this spring - anyone in?)

We had dinner before with big yummy margaritas and it was really fun. Then off to the production we went. Saw all the cool tour buses which made me really wanted to jump on one but then I probably wouldn't have gotten to see the play. But they had two tour buses and 4 semi trucks for the equipment. Wow, that's a lot. How fun it would be just to sneak on really quick and see what a tour bus is like, or to even be a fly on the wall? How fun.

So the performance, like I said, was absolutely amazing. If you don't know about Rent, you should go find out about it. This website has all the latest like photos of the current Broadway cast, the on tour cast, the tour schedule and even the history of Rent.

I think my two favorite performers from this cast were Declan (who played Roger - he is from the UK and he is amazing). Declan has a CD out and I really really really want to go out and buy it now. He has a really astonishing voice and I'm going to be on the search for it this coming weekend!

Here he is (Declan) in an actual performance of "Glory". I looooove this song.

My other fave was Melvin Bell who played Angel. He gave such a great performance as well . . . funny, adorable, so . . . cross-dresser fabulous! My mom's favorite was Krystal Brown's, who played Mimi in her "Please Take Me" performance. (She was played by Rosario Dawson in the original.) She was so amazing also. It's just so hard to pick a favorite scene. It was all just that great.

The stage before Rent began.

Mom and me!

One of my favorite scenes when the cast sang "Seasons of Love".

Seasons of Love being sung by the original cast in a 10 year anniversary concert

To end, one of my favorite lines from "Another Day" . . . I think it's a great life lesson, and really, the way we must look at every single day in our own lives . . .

There's only this
Forget regret
Or life is yours to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today

Okay, so that was a lot about Rent, I know, but I do think it goes above and beyond any other Broadway (off or on) that I have seen (Phantom of the Opera, Vagina Monologues, Rocky Horror Picture Show, & Miss Saigon)!


Johanna said...

OMG!!!! Val! Again you have moved me to comment. Words can not describe how much I loved Rent! I saw it in Chicago a few years ago! That quote you took was my FAVORITE too! I was just listening the soundtrack on my way into work today! I am so glad you loved it!!!!!

Mrs. R. Belle said...

I saw Rent in London with Jonathan Larson of the original cast. It was so amazing. I am glad that you enjoyed it. Thanks for the link!

Chel said...

Your birthday?! Was this a recent thing and I missed it? I LOVE birthdays. So a happy one to you, even if it is a little (or a lot) late.

lil ole' me..... said...

Val, Keith and I saw Rent last year at the Fox and we loved it too! I'm so glad you had the chance to see it.

BTW, exactly what day is your birthday?!
Happy Belated Birthday!!!!

Alexis Jacobs said...

Ummm yeah. You are NOT getting that hotel key. Hurmph...

J/J. Sounds awesome! So jealous!

Cerella said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you!!!! What a fun time!

SuperMom said...

I must be the last person in America who knows little to nothing about Rent, but it sounds like a fun night out!

Michelle said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time! Yeah for you!

I have never seen Rent, but it looks very cool!