Reviews: RENT’s 20th Anniversary Tour / The King and I

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Two Theatre reviews this week by Steve Duffy –

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters – love.

The lead actors all had amazing voices. For me, where they fell short was in the on-stage chemistry. The two couples, Roger (Kaleb Wells) and Mimi (Skler Volpe), Angel (David Merino) and Collins (Aaron Harrington) lack the chemistry that is needed to make the story successful.

The performances that inspired a rock concert-like atmosphere were: David Merino’s as everyone favorite transvestite and Volpe’s solo performance of “Out Tonight.” “Seasons of Love” and “Take me or Leave Me” also generated a lot of screening and applause.

For a show that has performed eight times in Boston since 1996, you have definitely thought it was the first-time. Whether you’re a “Rent-head” or not, this is one show that can’t be missed!  

Now playing through April 23, 2017

Tickets are on sale at the Boch Center box office, through www.bochcenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam (Jose LLana) and Anna Leonowens (Laura Michelle Kelly), a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Is it possible to fill the shoes of Yul Brynner’s King? Yes it is! Llana shines in his portrayal of the boyish King.

As Anna, Kelly is perfectly cast. She is charming, headstrong, and intelligent.

“The King & I” has some of the best music from Broadway history, audience favorites are “I Have Dreamed,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Getting to Know You.”

Outstanding performances and timeless music make “The King & I” a perfect night out.

Now playing through April 23, 2017

Tickets  for  The  King  and  I  are  currently  on  sale  and  can  be  purchased  through  Ticketmaster 800-982-2787, and by visiting www.BroadwayInBoston.com Tickets will also be sold directly at the Boston Opera House.


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