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So, the off-Broadway revival of Rent welcomed some new (and old) cast members this week. I wonder how Ms. Hunton is in the role of Maureen. Anna Leigh Ashford was pretty much the only cast member to get across-the-board great reviews when the revival first opened, so Hunton has huge shoes to fill.
In my opinion, the best members of the company were Adam Chanler-Berat, as Mark, and Matt Shingledecker, as Roger, and unfortunately these two will also depart the company in about a week to be replaced by Josh Grisetti and Justin Johnston respectively.
Wait. What? Justin Johnston is playing Roger? At first I thought, Well, maybe it’s a different Justin Johnston… but it’s not. Justin Johnston played the role of Angel in multiple casts when the show was on Broadway and touring. Don’t get me wrong, he was a fantastic Angel and an unbelievable dancer. But he is not who I would’ve imagined to succeed Shingledecker (who was a breath of life into the role). I think he’s a tad too old to be Roger and he doesn’t have the look or grimace that actor’s playing Roger usually have.
Who knows though. I might be totally wrong and he might be amazing. I’m not sure I’m ready to sit through the show again to take that chance though. If you’ve seen him in the role though, be sure to let me know how he is! I will now leave you all with a picture of Mr. Johnston and I from the summer of 2002 when I was 16.
After three years in my apartment, I just resigned for another 2 years and finally decided to hang things on my walls, and do a few other things as well. I had a few things hung where I was able to get nails into my walls but since my walls are concrete (like, legit concrete) that’s rather hard. My parents were able to procure a super powered drill for the day thought and we went to work. Here are some before and after shots.