we're not really into plays and musicals and ballets, but we do love to attend live classical-music concerts and performances. so when we were invited to watch "rent" during press night last wednesday, we decided it was about time we saw this multi-awarded broadway musical. we've never seen it before and only have a vague idea of the story, so we had no expectations whatsoever. and while we can hardly consider ourselves an expert, we do have an opinion of what we saw that night. the songs are very powerful with lyrics that speak from the heart and that one can easily relate to, and the music is engaging and catchy. and while the performers were all technically proficient, we felt they still had to really sink their teeth into their roles. they lacked soul and depth. are they relatively new and inexperienced in musical theater? or was it just nerves? also we didn't feel the chemistry between the characters. maybe because it was their first performance before a legitimate live audience. hopefully as the play goes on, this will improve. but go see it! these mediagenic talents are stars-in-the-making! and see it for the wonderful songs. in the pic above, they're singing "seasons of love," one of the most poignant songs in the play.
"rent" regular run begins today at the carlos p. romulo auditorium, RCBC plaza, makati city. for a complete list of dates and where to get tickets, go to www.9workstheatrical.com or www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 557-5860