Tokyo loves RENT!!Wednesday, March 27th, 2002
Monday, July 24th, around 11am Tokyo time.
They love us in Tokyo!
And we love them too! Well, the show is up and running again, opening night was wonderful. When the show began, Cary walked out and the audience gave a very respectful roar of claps, then the same when the clump and Matt walked out. From then to the end, the crowd followed the show very closely. As a whole they were just slightly behind the show because they were reading the translators, so some laughs were missed. But they understood most jokes (except for the very American ones...ie. "Rabbi's daughter at the Scarsdale Jewish Communnity Center"), and they LOVED Erin's performance piece. They mooed to bring down the house. One of the reasons I think they liked Erin's piece so much was because in Japan the theatre is very physical and very symbolic. Erin is very funny physically and there are many physical symbolisms like Angel's death, his exit walk, and Contact that were probably a highlight for them. I wish the language barrier wasn't so difficult. I would like to ask some locals what they thought. If locals read this, please let me know! Oh, and at the end of the show we have had to add an extra set of bows because of the awesome response. The audiences have been giving full standing ovations and then staying through the band's ending music to applaud for them too!! So now after the play out music, the band gets their own bow down on the lip of the stage and then the cast comes out again. It's been wonderful. The cast is really stoked by the response. Their performances are so strong and energized in this positive atmosphere. The strange thing though is that very few people are waiting at the stage door after the shows... they don't know that they can. It's funny. Then they see them when they turn the corner and once again Cary and Matt and Saycon and everyone are mobbed. :) Hey! By the way, for all of you Kobak fans, Josh Kobak got to go on as Roger for yesterday's matinee!! Swings represent!!! He had a great show and the audiences loved him too. So back to opening, we had an opening night party afterwards that was thrown by the Japanese producers. There are pics of these on line now. Wow, we had all kinds of new foods and lots of beer and sake. There was sashimi (raw) food, fresh fish, scallops, wontons, tongue, seaweed with fish eggs... and lots of unidentifiable foods. I tried a lot, liked a lot, and left a lot of things alone. It was great fun and a nice cap for opening night.