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  • Rent

    Rent

    ★★½

    Completely and utterly underwhelming. Despite several moments of emotional poignancy, this pretentious rock musical is whiny, lazily-directed and (worst of all) boring. Definitely not undervaluing what this means to a large amount of people and I'm not denying there are some good songs and performances, but I couldn't connect or feel any empathy for abject, down-on-their-luck drug addicts, and that's the simple truth. A brilliant cast (Menzel, Dawson, Martin and Thoms are MVPs) are really the only thing that it's got going for it which always succeeds.

    October 2017, Ranked

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★½

    Say what you want about the undercooked romance between Tony and Maria (though I suppose that’s more the fault of William Shakespeare than Robbins & Wise), but this is both a top-notch musical with brilliant performances, music and cinematography and an undeniable, unequivocal masterpiece, which brims with style, musical cognisance and deep, dark-coloured reds.

    Random note but Baby John interests me as a character, far deeper than his side note of a role... Perhaps dealing with his own sexuality and place within the Polish-American Jets gang in mid-1950’s Upper West Side New York... I want a character study!!

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