Tuesday, January 19, 2010

9 Works Theatrical stages Rent the rock musical on February 5

La Vie Boheme! The multi-awarded Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” will be staged on February 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 (Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays at 3:30PM and 8:00PM & Sundays at 4:30PM and 8:00PM) at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium at the RCBC Building, Makati City. It’s made possible by 9 Works Theatrical Production the same group that brings Songs from a New World last May here in the Philippines. Last January 18, during the press conference of Rent at the Palm Restaurant at the Rockwell Club, one floor above the rehearsal area of the group, Joselito Tolentino, and Robbie Guevarra with the new cast of Rent for the Philippine version share's their views and excitement from the audition, rehearsal and actual performance on February.

Rent Manila director Robbie Guevarra said that he didn’t like the musical before because he finds it noisy and loud, compared from the usual musical play he joined like the Miss Saigon Philippines 10 years ago in the Cultural Center of Philippines. He tried listening to the CD of Rent but he end up pausing or changing the CD during the first act. Accidentally he discovered the song “Seasons of Love” on the second CD that made the play famous. The song “Seasons of Love” makes Guevarra fell in love with the musical. The 9 Works Theatrical production will be working on detailed set and small changes with the songs and the choreography to make it more up to date to the new breed of theater fanatics.

From 302 auditions and 72 call backs, here’s the list of the final cast of Rent who will be performing this February;

  • Fredison Lo as Mark Cohen, an independent filmmaker and Roger's roommate
  • Gian Madrigal as Roger Davis, a songwriter who is HIV positive
  • OJ Mariano as Tom Collins, a gay philosophy professor and anarchist with AIDS
  • Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Maureen Johnson, a bisexual performance artist
  • Noel Rayos as Benjamin 'Benny' Coffin III, the local landlord and a former room mate of Roger, Mark, Collins, and Maureen
  • Job Bautista as Angel Dumott Schunard, a gay drag queen percussionist with AIDS
  • Jenny Villegas as Joanne Jefferson, a lawyer, who is Maureen's partner
  • Cara Barredo and Nicole Laurel Asensio, both will be doing Mimi Marquez an exotic dancer who has AIDS
Ensemble members include Ring Antonio, Peachy Atilano, Johann Dela Fuente, Harold Cruz, Gary Junsay, Raul Montesa, Anna Santamaria and Mark Tayag.

Here’s an example of their performance:

Rent, the rock musical with music and lyrics of Jonathan Larson, is based from the novel of Giacomo Puccini's opera “La Bohème.” The play won prestigious awards like 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Awards (
1996), New York Drama Critics Circle Award (1996), Drama Desk Awards (1996), Theatre World Awards (1996)and Obie Awards (1996). 9 Works Theatrical presents Rent production group is composed of Executive Producer Santi Santamaria, Director Robbie Guevara, Production Manager Weng Lopez, Musical Director Ceejay Javier, Vocal Coach Onyl Torres, Vocal Consultant Lionel Guico, Scenographer Mio Infante, Lighting Designer Martin Esteva, Sound Designer Rards Corpuz, PR / Publicity Director Toots O. Tolentino, PR Manager Jonjon Martin, Cast Photography by Jojit Lorenzo, Production Photography by Sandee Guevara, Marketing Manager Shelyn Tayanes, and Stage Manager Jojo Amboy.

RENT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) 421 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019 Telephone No.: +1(212) 541-4684 www.mtishows.com. For tickets and reservation please call 9 Works Theatrical at 57.58.60 or visit www.9workstheatrical.com or call TicketWorld at 891.9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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