Already closed | 2h 45m | Midtown W

Rent

From 2,003 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting

About the show

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. More…

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.

2h 45m | Already closed | Nederlander Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (2003)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting
93
Avg Score

75
Dated, Cliched, Entertaining, Good, Great singing

See it if you like rock or AIDS stories. Talent was great. Most songs aren't memorable

Don't see it if you don't like rock. The issue felt dated and better explored elsewhere.

72
Entertaining, Edgy, Overrated

See it if You like loud modern rock musicals or are interested in the AIDS epidemic.

Don't see it if You don't like rock musicals

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!

100
Masterful, Original, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if Well, it's an absolute must see show

Don't see it if you are conservative.

79
Edgy, Intelligent, Overrated, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if I thought it was a good musical not great. Riding on the coat tail of Le Miz, this show talks about people who chose to live like this where

Don't see it if Le Miz dealt with poor people who wanted change. This subject matter can be disturbing to many, so it is not for everyone.

100
Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Resonant

See it if you love a great score and a moving, profound story of love and friendship.

Don't see it if N/A (See it!)

90
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great writing, Original, Relevant

See it if You are interested in seeing an important work from the 1990s.

Don't see it if You can't stand rock musicals.

56
Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see this big hit. I realize I am in the minority but I just didn't like this show when I saw it back in around 2001 or so.

Don't see it if Again, I know I am in the minority but I just didn't enjoy the music.

92
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Masterful, Profound

See it if Terrific performances. The music was great.

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in the lives of poor people, many of whom have HIV.

93
Absorbing, Epic, Must see, Resonant, Refreshing

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

Don't see it if must see

83
Ambitious, Great writing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you expect it to live up to twenty years of hype. That's too tall an order, but it is very good. The songs especially stay with you.

Don't see it if you already have? I think every serious theatergoer should see this at least once.

90
Semi-dated edginess—but still with power, Thought-provoking, Exceptional harmonizing, Moving, Profound

See it if you get a chance to experience this emotional rollercoaster of bohemian friends in New York City trying to maintain dignity, art, and love.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with sex, AIDs, homosexuality, drugs, and other frank talk; feel no connection to “starving artist” types struggling in NYC.

Also I’ve been a fan of Rent’s music since I was too young to grasp the ful... Read more Read less

81
Great writing, Must see, Original, Profound, Dated

See it if you have never saw it and love the music.

Don't see it if ........

100
Masterful, Original, Profound, Must see

See it if Everyone should be required to see it.

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

96
Ambitious, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if Saw off and on Bway Set in the East Village in the late 1990's. Sex, drugs, r n r, AIDS, real estate. Wonderful score, just a full evening

Don't see it if You love fluff in theater. You are prudish, think AIDS was punishment for homosexuality, have no heart for the homeless.

100
Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Must see

See it if Viva la vie Boheme. Rapp, Pascal, Menzel, Diggs, and Rubin-Vega...career defining. Larson will always be with us. Angel Dumott Schunard.

Don't see it if Don't believe AIDS is real and that it doesn't discriminate.

95
Masterful, Must see, Original, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if want to see a well written rock musical with an awesome score & great story.

Don't see it if ....just see it.

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

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

Don't see it if you’re a cynic.

100
Ambitious, Must see, Profound, Masterful, Great singing

See it if So many positive adjectives for this TIMELESS show. The origins of the premise may be dated, but, the issues are still relevant. Classic

Don't see it if Production in all incarnations. You would only hate this musical if you're Anti-LGBT or hate musicals.

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

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.

98
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Quirky, Riveting

See it if You root for the underdog and appreciate a cerebral and grungy story. This show was pretty groundbreaking and still holds up

Don't see it if You want a happy, shiny polished "all's well that ends well" kind of story

100
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Riveting

See it if just see it, it's great

Don't see it if I can't think of anything, it's a great show, maybe if you dislike musicals?

74
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great singing

See it if you are interested in problems of the youth: drug addiction, AIDS, etc...If you want to see the 1996 winner of Best Musical and Best Actor.

Don't see it if you don't like rock and roll, or punk music. If strong themes of our times scare you. it is a must see show.

Also We saw it in 1997. I liked it but it didn't kill me. Maybe it was the ... Read more Read less

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

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

97
Great music, Profound, Must see, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you're a theater fan but you've never seen this show before. Everyone must see Rent at least once!

Don't see it if you're old-fashioned, turned off by difficult subject matter (like AIDS), or if you have an aversion to sung-through musicals.


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