So, "Rent: Live" ... (I promise this is not a rant.)
As with any live Broadway show on TV, things get lost in translation. The viewing audience is used to that, and it happened here.
The same viewing audience also is used to understudies going on in case one of the cast members can’t show up. Where are the understudies? "Rent: Tape Delayed" just doesn’t have the same effect.
Stunt casting? I get it. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. And if you watched it, you saw both. We can’t all win. Same goes for making cuts and tweaking the original text. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t.
Chances are if you grew up on the OBC or the movie, you’re pissed about tonight. I get that too.
But think about this: For one night, Fox (of all networks) ran a show that focused on identity, gender, gentrification, tolerance, and the scourge that was AIDS. And the overall message was about the beauty of love amid life and death circumstances.
So yes, you can quibble about the quality (or lack thereof) of the performances or the cuts due to profanity, et al. They’re all legitimate complaints/critiques that — with exceptions — I shared up until the last 15 minutes.
And then I asked myself: “How do you measure a life in love?” And I was heartened that new generations will get to ask the same question.