'Rent' at the Hollywood Bowl: Miss

It seemed like a good idea on paper, right? <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002232" title="Neil Patrick Harris" href="/topic/entertainment/neil-patrick-harris-PECLB002232.topic">Neil Patrick Harris</a>, himself a veteran of the Ahmanson Theatre's cast of "Rent" way back in 1997 and not to mention other musical-theater roles, took to the director's chair to stage the late <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002932" title="Jonathan Larson" href="/topic/entertainment/jonathan-larson-PECLB002932.topic">Jonathan Larson</a>'s Pulitzer-winning play at the Bowl. The <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/08/theater-review-rent-at-the-hollywood-bowl.html">"Rent"</a> cast even included "names" like <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB005435" title="Vanessa Hudgens" href="/topic/entertainment/vanessa-hudgens-PECLB005435.topic">Vanessa Hudgens</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000633" title="Wayne Brady" href="/topic/entertainment/wayne-brady-PECLB000633.topic">Wayne Brady</a>. But the venue's space and rehearsal-time constrictions might have been too much, says Times theater critic Charles McNulty: "Harris can do almost anything in my book, but he wasn't able to figure out the spatial and logistical challenges of mounting a full-scale musical at the Bowl."

( Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times )

It seemed like a good idea on paper, right? Neil Patrick Harris, himself a veteran of the Ahmanson Theatre's cast of "Rent" way back in 1997 and not to mention other musical-theater roles, took to the director's chair to stage the late Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer-winning play at the Bowl. The "Rent" cast even included "names" like Vanessa Hudgens and Wayne Brady. But the venue's space and rehearsal-time constrictions might have been too much, says Times theater critic Charles McNulty: "Harris can do almost anything in my book, but he wasn't able to figure out the spatial and logistical challenges of mounting a full-scale musical at the Bowl."

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