Monday, July 31, 2023

Review Highlights: RENT - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

Jeremy Yampolsky (front), and Cast Photo by Jason K. Walz

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through August 6

"After becoming a cultural phenomenon upon opening in 1996, Jonathan Larson's musical Rent went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama... the musical's strong sense of community and of friends coming together to help each other out still rings strong. Featuring a talented cast in their late teens and twenties, Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is presenting a fairly solid production of this much-loved rock and pop musical....While there were some technical challenges on opening night, mainly due to an errant sound system and some glitches in the light design, the Desert Stages cast are quite good, with solid stage presence, clear portrayals, and respectable singing voices, although some struggle slightly due to the heavy demands of the rock score. ...Co-directors Mark and Lynzee 4man instill an appropriate sense of importance and urgency in the production with a cast who create believable portrayals. "  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

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