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Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting
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This groundbreaking musical about poor young artists in New York City's Lower East Side during the AIDS/HIV crisis won the Tony Award for Best Musical as well as The Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama.

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This musical, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera, 'La Bohème,' is the story of various young artists attempting to survive in in the Lower East Side, during the AIDS/HIV crisis. This show quickly became a sensation, becoming the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history.

 

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92
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Must see, Great writing

See it if you love ground breaking rock opera shows. RENT redefines the genre and speaks to a new generation of theatre goers. Gritty graphic honest

Don't see it if you're easily offended, uptight, conservative, and/or stone-hearted. It's in your face and life affirming, just not as you might see it.

92
Masterful, Riveting, Great singing

See it if you haven't! A true seminal work of musical theatre.

Don't see it if you don't want commentary on contemporary social issues.

83
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like stories about people....reality.

Don't see it if you hate loud music and hate stories about diverse people and their lives.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Great singing

See it if enjoy a great story coupled with phenomenal music and acting

Don't see it if you don't like stories of struggle, drugs and aids

93
Absorbing, Epic, Must see, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you are a broadway fan or not - accessible to all genre lovers;

Don't see it if must see

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Epic, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you have a chance! Truly an American musical masterpiece. May be dated now, but while on Broadway, it was groundbreaking. Saw it 20 times!

Don't see it if you are okay missing the beginning of anew era in American musical theatre.

87
Absorbing, Indulgent, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if You want to see one of the most influential musicals of the modern era.

Don't see it if You want a deep and powerful story.

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10
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Dated

See it if Don't. I guess most casts are okay and there are one or two good songs. But don't.

Don't see it if You're smart.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Fantastic show

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

100
Exquisite, Masterful, Romantic, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you like your art to coincide with your history in an inspiring way

Don't see it if You have antiquated values

73
Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like the bohemian life.

Don't see it if you dont want to see a play about gayness.

100
Original, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if Everyone should be required to see it.

Don't see it if You have no heart or soul.

92
Edgy, Exquisite, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you haven't. Just see it. In any form. It's essential theatre history at this point, the music is incredible and the story still matters.

Don't see it if you dislike the music, you don't like stories about realistic struggling people.

95
Original, Ambitious, Epic, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you want a lesson in pushing the boundaries of a genre. There's a reason this musical was a sensation and made several actors famous.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy LGBT themes, or dark subject matter. Also must enjoy contemporary pop-opera style music and edgy subjects.

100
Original, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound

See it if You want to see one of the true masterpieces of our time.

Don't see it if You are not open to hearing about things like same sex couples, cursing, and the spread of AIDs.

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You are under 30, you like rock musicals, you don't typically like musicals

Don't see it if You are easily offended

88
Original, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if This is a classic remake of LaBoheme and the story and music are still relevant today. Enjoyed this greatly

Don't see it if You are not a fan of musicals

85
Original, Resonant, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love edgier, more "hipster" style of productions and story lines. Original in plot and clever writing and pushes the envelope.

Don't see it if You are older and not nostalgic for the bohemian life. The show towards the end definitely started to feel dated, but as a piece is sound.

95
Intelligent, Must see, Profound, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You want to see one of the greatest American musicals ever! Truly a classic. Touches the heart and soul.

Don't see it if You're a republican!

87
Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great singing

See it if A classic that should be seen.

Don't see it if Might be a bit cliched at some points the older you get.

98
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you can. Any production. Companies who do the show care a lot about it, and you'll always see the investment and emotion.

Don't see it if you have no interest in social issues.

95
Masterful, Must see, Relevant, Great singing, Wonderful

See it if Its a classic and a must see. It's a masterwork.

Don't see it if You are small minded.

97
Original, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if I mean, come on, you know you’ve already seen it.

Don't see it if you’re a cynic.

90
Original, Must see, Dated, Classic, Groundbreaking

See it if You've never seen Rent or only saw the movie. It was groundbreaking for the time and the songs and legacy of Jonathan Larson live on.

Don't see it if You don't understand the time in which it came out, its cultural importance, and how it was affected by Jonathan Larson's sudden death.

96
Exciting, Original, Profound, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You want to see one of the great musicals of the 20th century. Incredible music.

Don't see it if You can't get over the fact that some of the subject matter may seem dated 20 years after its premiere.