I saw the 20th anniversary of the musical RENT advertised at the Orpheum last summer and have anticipated this weekend for over a year now!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to the RENT soundtrack over the last couple of weeks to prepare for this day! RENT is one of my absolutely favorite musicals and when I heard they were coming to Memphis I KNEW I couldn’t miss it, especially since it was at the ever so magical Orpheum Theater.
I first saw RENT on DVD almost ten years ago and have always wanted to see it in theater. I love the characters and the unique storyline and I especially love that it takes place in the late 90’s, which I feel like is my childhood. The high waisted washed denim and neon windbreakers always has me feeling nostalgic.
Rent “tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City‘s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The show deals with a variety of themes such as homelessness, drug addiction, love, sexuality, disease, and death.” (straight from Wikipedia). When RENT hit Broadway, it gained critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for Best Musical among several other awards.
Seeing RENT at the Orpheum was dreamy. The Orpheum is celebrating their 90th year and the architecture is so beautiful. We lucked out with great seats but I really don’t think there is a bad seat in the house. My husband and I are even considering purchasing the nose-bleed season tickets. The Orpheum is a truly astonishing work of art.
Of course I had my favorites (*cough*Tom Collins character*cough*), but all of the actors did a terrific job. You can tell they were really dedicated to the show and worked really hard to be true to the story and characters they played. It was so hard for me not to burst out in song and dance along with the cast during each song. I look forward to seeing more shows in the future at the Orpheum.