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Arts & Entertainment - April 30, 2010

Back to the heart of 'Rent'

Palo Alto Players production reminds us why the original '90s hit made it big

by Chad Jones

In 1996, as an audience member about to see "Rent" on Broadway, I knew several things. This was the hottest show on Broadway in a long, long time. Jonathan Larson, the composer and creative force behind the show, had died tragically the night before the show opened in its off-Broadway incarnation. And '80s pixie pop princess Debbie Gibson was sitting directly in front of me.

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Posted by Alexi D.
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 30, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Great review! Excellently written.

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Posted by Jinja
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 30, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Um, you kind of forgot to mention Benny and the entire ensemble. Joey McDaniel, Antonio Murillo, Mark Alabanza, Amanda Andrews, Cassie Blake, Helen Gruner, Daniel Holbert, Ben Lauing and David Murphy make the show complete. You can't have an argument about the rent without the landlord, and you can't lament losing your dignity if you don't have a support group.

Congratulations to ALL of the cast on an excellent show.

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Posted by JK Smith
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Palo Alto Players is like the best kept secret for fabulous theatre in our own backyard. Most people would be surprised to see the quality and professionalism of their productions.

Go see it! Support them!

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Posted by Jlarsonbaby
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Yea! Chad gets it! I loved the show and love his review. Accurate and exciting- just like Palo Alto production. Go see it.


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