March 19, 2009 at 7:30pm mountain standard time a dream finally came true. Yes, Natalie finally saw Adam Pascal in RENT. You see, for I, unsuccessfully tried to see him October 2007 but yet, he was out the matinee I went.
Adam has been this figure high in the air whom I fell for his voice and my 14 year old self loved. That sentence made no sense and I apologize but the thing is, this was an epic night. And I'm so glad I was able to share it with ... my mom and brother. Yes that's right. Anyway, it was so odd and wonderful to see RENT again, especially at my beloved Gammage. I know in a previous post I wrote about my history with this show but to see it again (esp. after the magical last on Broadway), it never fails to bring a tear to my eyes. I think it's because it means so much to me that to finally see Adam in this role, I just couldn't believe it. It was happening in the place where it all started.
The show itself is always full of life - especially since many of my favorites were in this cast. Caren Lyn Manuel, or now she is Caren Tackett (so much love), Justin Johnson as Angel and Anthony Rapp back as Mark. I closed my eyes when Adam sang One Song Glory and it was exactly how I imagined the song to be sung. Or should I say, how perfectly the song can be sung. Pure beauty.
The only negative thing about this cast is the Maureen. I was crossing my fingers for an understudy because, I'm sorry Nicolette Hart, I'm just not a fan. I also wish I could have seen Benny alums Karmine Alers or Joshua Kobak go on as something. And major props to Andy Senor for being, Andy Senor.
Overall I'm so happy to have finally seen Adam. 9 years later and I'm still so grateful for this show.