Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours
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"Rent"

It was another date night to see a Broadway musical and I guess it was a bit of a culture shock for me in a good way. Of course I have heard about this musical, but I have never seen it in its entirety. I know it was performed live on network television just a few weeks ago. I tuned in for a few minutes, but since I had no context, I couldn't figure out what the hell was going on. And judging from the reviews I read by critics and fans alike, I'm glad I didn't watch it because the consensus seems to be that it was a shitshow. I have seen a bit of the movie (and we even own it on DVD thanks to Kitty), but once again I have never watched the entire thing. So it was the first time I have ever experience it in its full stage glory and I must say that I was impressed. I was not prepared for all of the Rent junkies in the audience, but I guess that's a thing. There were many of teh gheys in the audience because I guess the embracing of drag queens and confronting the AIDS epidemic back in 1999 was such a breakthrough moment. There is a bit of local pride because one of the themes in the musical was leaving New York City behind and finding freedom in Santa Fe. I said it was a culture shock because most of the musicals we have seen were pretty much mainstream ("Wicked") or rehashed oldies ("Sound of Music") so it was great to see what could be considered a modern masterpiece. I only knew the one hit song "Seasons of Love" which is truly a showstopper (even though it leads off Act 2 as opposed to happening in the middle of an act). So I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to see the show on the stage and performed by professionals.

I should also mention a bit of "drama" that happened before the show started. We were sitting in our seats when a woman came up to us and said we were in her seats. I whipped out my tickets and we just happened to have someone from the ticketing department in the row right in front of us. I panicked when the seats were identical. But the ticket person immediately focused on something else. She said, "Ma'am those were for the matinee this afternoon." The woman looked at her tickets and muttered, "Oh, shit." I hope she was able to see the show because the house was packed.
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