|Jack Walton, Micah Lawrence, and Bennett Wood|
photo by Laura Durant
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"When Rent opened in 1996, it was a cultural phenomenon. Jonathan Larson's musical spoke to a young generation and used pop and rock music styles to tell the story of a group of young individuals struggling to find themselves while living with the reality of the AIDS crisis....The talented cast of teens and young adults in this production instill the same sense of importance and urgency that I remember feeling when first seeing this show on Broadway. It is a solid production of the much-loved musical...All members of the cast do an incredible job in getting across the eagerness of their characters and the situations they are facing. With a lovely singing voice and great stage presence, Jack Walton is very good as Mark, the narrator of the piece...As Roger, Kale Burr has the perfect look as the lost ex-rocker, ex-drug addict and a wonderful, husky singing voice. His downcast eyes and measured line delivery beautifully depict the feeling of an emotionally lost young man...Noa Gauthier is very good as the raw and direct Mimi, the woman who falls hard for Roger. Her powerful voice works well on her songs and she does a fairly good job in depicting Mimi's downward spiral in act two once she goes back to using drugs...Even today, more than 20 years after it first premiered, the themes, characters and emotions of Rent still resonate. With a gifted cast of young adults and clear direction, Scottsdale Community Players' production of Rent brings this very adult story to vibrant life.. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)