Which means, of course, that I had to go see it.
Because this tour is special (hence, why I got up at the butt-crack of dawn on Black Friday to buy tix).
I went solo on Tuesday night (Row A, ORCH), then with John on Friday night (Row A, Box seats).
It absolutely rocked, and Adam and Anthony were fantastic. I didn't care for the chick that played Mimi (kinda robotic, couldn't hit the high notes -- chose to go to her lower register, felt like she was phoning it in).
Rosario Dawson was better in the meh-movie. Now, it's not like I hated the movie version, I just wish they'd given it to a director who understood the material better (Chris Columbus did fine with "Harry Potter" -- he just wasn't the right guy for "Rent"). When it closed on Broadway, there was definitely a passing of an era.
This particular company found many more humor points in the show: Maureen amped up the physical humor during the always-energetic "La Vie Boheme" and Angel found little moments throughout (my favorite two being making the sign of the cross with her drumsticks to ward off Benny, and when she's buying Tom Collins a jacket she kicks/shoos away a god-awful print of a jacket).
I cried, per usual, during, "Will I"I cried, per usual, during "Will I" -- I actually phoned BFF Michael and let him listen to it. He smartly let it go to voicemail and listened to it later. Didn't really get caught up in the emotion of Mimi dying, most likely due to the actress' inability to connect to her character. I was a mess, though, when Angel passed.
Kudos to all...how great to see the OBC (at least 3 of them) once again, twelve years after seeing them on Broadway with my theatre club from Etown.