Rent: The Musical
My second Pangdemonioum performance of the year, I went to watch this musical in part due to the peer pressure of my classmates but also because I had so thoroughly enjoyed ‘Falling’ a few months before. It certainly wasn’t what I had expected (I probably should have read about it beforehand) and thought it was pretty crude even though I was watching the censored version. The message is clear though, and it was one I appreciated even though I didn’t necessarily approve of how it was conveyed. I’m not a supporter of the LGBT movement and never will be, but I do believe that all of us deserve to be loved, regardless of the “baggage” that we carry or the nature of our characters. The family unit formed out of these people, shunned by society and looked upon as failures, was something that I (once again) wasn’t expecting to be touched by. Rather than the romance, I found the way the neighbours stood by each other through tragic times more moving than anything else in the musical, made even better by the outstanding vocal talents of some members of the cast. The emotion present in some of their voices really carried the story and the entire musical, especially when scenes got messy and complicated. I may not want to rewatch this musical ever again, but I do think it’s one of the more meaningful productions I’ve watched in a long while.