BT on tour: Liverpool for RENT
Another Day, Seasons of Love, Without You; a few of the iconic songs from RENT that continue to do what they have done since I first saw the musical in New York almost 20 years ago. They leave me in tears.
This 20th anniversary production currently touring the U.K. is unfortunately not making it across the water to Belfast and that’s a pity, because it’s the best production out of the four we’ve seen.
We had hopped on a flight from Belfast International and took the 35 minute EasyJet crossing for a mini break to Liverpool. Mini being for one night only, just to see the show, but of course to see what Liverpool was all about.
Firstly it’s all about The Beatles it seems, and why not, the city spawned the world’s most popular and well known pop band. Liverpool is immensely proud to have the fab four as its own. Seeing Beatlemania everywhere got me thinking .. why is there not more to celebrate Belfast’s own famous musicians.
We stayed in the fabulous Liverpool Malmaison thanks to a bit of organising from the team at the Belfast Mal. It’s quintessentially Mal; dark, moody and decadent. It’s literally right at the cruise terminal and 10-15 minutes walk from the city centre. A handy quiet location, a classic Mal and on the night we stayed, it was great value. I should thank them for the cocktails and prosecco; so thanks guys. We love the Mal!
On to the musical, Rent, 20 years old, and still amazing. The songs continue to strike a chord with me, even after my 4th time, it’s incredibly emotional. This production was perfect; head and shoulders above many; a five star smash!
So many magical moments from the passionate cast. I wondered how they do it every night, the emotion on stage was so intense at times there’s no way they can walk out of the theatre feeling less than drained. It was raw, intense and it took me an hour to recover from the emotion after leaving the theatre, I couldn’t even speak. The next day I was still feeling emotional, but that wasn’t helped by the movie we went to see. Patriot Day. And again. Jeff wept!
Even though it was an emotional 24 hours, Liverpool is fabulous. We checked out the architecture, had dinner in the fab Restaurant Bar & Grill, admired all the statues and tributes to the well know citizens of the city, including the great new Cilla Black memorial statue outside the Cavern. The place where she was the coat check girl, where the Beatles were performing at the time.
Of course one Belfast connection is that Liverpool was home to White Star Line, the owners of the Titanic. Their old premises have been turned into a hotel.
There’s so much we didn’t do, and so much we need to go back for!
Liverpool, I think I’ve fallen in love with you a little bit.