By Randy Economy
Okay you could practically hear the nails on the chalk boards around Hollywood this weekend.
It wasn't from a classroom at Hollywood High....no....it was from the screeching and yelping from the cast of "Rent" at the Hollywood Bowl .
This weekends much hyped staging of the musical "RENT" was a total bomb, and I think I am actually being a tad "kind" with this review. People who attended the very pricey show this past weekend are stumped with anger....and many of them actually want "Rent Refunds." "RENTALGATE" is what one of my readers wrote me.
"Randy, for GAWD sakes, someone needs to do something about this "rip off" at a taxpayer owned facility." Yikes.
But before I call District Attorney Steve Cooley and demand an investigation, you have to watch and judge for yourself. Is this a crime or just plain "crap on stage," or a perfect piece of theater art?
Neal Patrick Harris trying his BEST to promote "RENT" on the Craig Ferguson Show last week.
This one post on You Tube has already gotten more than 25,000 hits in the past 24 hours. Watch the much hyped cast....what was Director Neal Patrick Harris thinking casting this bunch together into one ensemble and at the legendary Hollywood Bowl for crying out loud....
Here is a small, and I do mean terrorizing tiny portion of the performance with lead stars Vanessa Hudgens and Aaron Tveit...above.
NOTICE TO MINORS: You may need parental approval to read some of these nasty notes....
Ok she frigging sucked in Out Tonight but I have to admit she really picked it up in Another day...
Definitely not the best Mimi, or even close, but i do feel like she did a good job with another day. NPH took a risk with her for sure but i dont know if she is really as bad as people were expecting her to be. This is coming from a non highschool musical fan btw haha.
"Okay, VHudge's voice too young sounding for this musical. She sounds like a baby. I think Neil should have picked someone with a more mature voice. ut Aaron was very good.."
"SHE'S SO HORRIBLE BLEEDING THROUGH MY EARS."
Rent is one of my favourite shows and it actually pained me to hear that. If she wants to succeed in musical theatre then she has to actually learn what pitch is, not depend on Disney to fix it for her in editing. And those random kicks were pretty sorry-looking. Singing and dance lessons perhaps? And Rosario Dawson wasn't a great Mimi either...you could tell when they edited her pitch in the
please vanessa hudgens NEVER come to broadway! omigosh. This performance was a disgrace to an amazing piece that Jonathan Larson wrote. So nasal.
The dancing and singing thing is NO excuse. What she did on that stage is NOTHING compared to watch other theatre actresses do 8x a week. Aaron Tveit on the other hand? Amazing.
Thank God this is only a one weekend performance.
Vanessa needs to go back to her teeny fans at Disney and Aaron needs to come back to broadway.