“…No Day But Today…”

Based loosely on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” Jonathan Larson’s RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side.

How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical. With songs that rock and a story that resonates, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon. This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous.

“…Measure Your Life In Love…”


CAST


Roger DavisSean Baker
Mark CohenLiam McDonald
Tom CollinsBret Newton
Benjamin Coffin IIILiam Reitsma
Joanne JeffersonRae Paxton
Angel Dumott SchunardDan Comeau
Mimi MarqueAlyssa Bryce
Maureen JohnsonSarah Newton
EnsembleRon Cassie, Sadie Evans, Tenyjah McKenna, Alexander Moorman, Sahsa Moriarty-Schieven, Darian Ngai, Jesse Polito, Mark Riishede, Angelina Robertson, Somaya Said, Angela Yu


(L-R) Bret Newton, Dan Comeau, Rae Paxton, Sarah Newton, Liam McDonald, Sean Baker, Alyssa Bryce, Liam Reitsma

REVIEW


“It’s a great show, indeed, one of the VOS’s best in recent years.”

“This fine set was designed by the talented Barbara Clerihue, with moody lighting by Adam Wilkinson. Led by keyboardist Brad L’Ecuyer, the production boasts a crack sextet. The band, featuring some of Victoria’s most talented musicians, is strong but never overshadows the singers.”

“There are many good vocalists here. Among the standouts is the excellent Sean Baker as Roger, who during a recent matinee not only sang with passion but displayed an ability to bull’s-eye high notes. Also, of note was Sarah Newton as the sassy Maureen, who nailed the spectacular and difficult showcase tune Over the Moon. Young Dan Comeau impressed as Angel, a drag queen bristling with life and fun despite having AIDS. Displaying a pleasingly husky timbre, Comeau performed particularly well for the number Today 4 You B, drumming both a plastic tub and a table, which he vaulted onto with athletic aplomb. There are no weak links in this cast, which includes Rae Paxton, Bret Newton and Liam Reitsma.”

Rent is a sure bet.


PROGRAM