Saturday, February 12, 2011

Rent: A Story of Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness

As I always say, La Vie Boheme because 9 Works Theatrical brings back Rent the Musical is back in Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza Makati City from February 12 to March 6. The masterpiece of Jonathan Larson is directed by Robbie Gueverra and features perfomers like Gian Magdangal (Roger Davis), Fredison Lo (Mark Cohen), Sheree and Ciara Sotto (Mimi Marquez – alternates), Job Bautista (Angel Dummott Schunard), OJ Mariano (Tom Collins), Carla Guevara-Laforteza and Mian Dimacali (Maureen Johnson – alternates), JennyVillegas (Joanne Jefferson) and Lorenz Martinez (Benjamin ”Benny” Coffin III).

”How do you document real life, when real life is getting more like fiction each day”, this is how Mark Cohen, a frustrated filmmaker sees the lives of everyone in New York's Lower East Side. Mark wanted to create a film showing the lives of his friends but intead of having ”just” a film he see a bigger perspective about life, love, forgiveness and acceptance where the most important thing in life is not yesterday or tomorrow but making today a very special day every second, minute and hour. The musical play of Jonathan Larson opens the mind of its viewers about loving and accepting people beyond sickness, sexual preference, belief and social status. It putting love beyond boundaries as shown in the song Seasons of Love and in the character of Angel, a a gay drag queen infected with AIDS. Despite of him being different in the society, Angel managed to stand up and touched the loves of Mark, Mimi, Maureen, Joan, Roger, Benny and Tom. Indeed, Rent the Musical is a celebration of life and its importance of reaching out to others.

(Angel and Tom singing I'll Cover You)

Rent also gives the chance to women to show her belief and stand, this is why that the part of Jump Over the Moon is one of things that everyone should not miss. The play gives the actress who plays the role of Maureen Johnson the freedom to deliver the song the way that she wanted. As for Carla and Mian, which I saw their performance separately they did a wonderful and fun way of presenting that part. Both of the presented that part in a very unique way.

For actors and actresses like OJ, Sheree, Pam, Job, Gian, Jenny and Alys, there performance was so amazing. OJ from the 2010 presentation until now still have that goosebump feeling when he sings the I’ll Cover Your Reprise. Job unlike what others said in my opinion he improves in the 2011 presentation of Rent. Putting together Sheree, Jenny, Pam and Alys, all I can say they are the women with big and wonderful voices.

I have to admit, Rent is one of the plays that its worth watching and a musical that has so many emotions and learnings in it. Within the span of 1 year, I saw it four times; first in February 2010, second was in Rockwell Powerplant last December and the third and fourth was during the two special preview before if officially opens on Feb 12. Even it has the same storyline, songs and characters it is very refeshing and there’s no boring moment in the play, each scenes are puzzles to create a beautiful and brilliant story that Jonathan Larson communicate to his audience and that is love and acceptance. Sadly he never saw it how it open and how it touches the lives of everyone.
Rent the Musical also includes Peachy Atilano, HaroldCruz, Johann dela Fuente, Pam Imperial, Gary Junsay, Anna Santamaria, Alys Serdenia, Mark Tayag and Al Gatmaitan for the ensembles. Gatmaitan will also play the role of Roger in certain performances. It is directed by Robbie Guevara, with Jojo Malferrari as musical director – band; Onyl Torres as musical director– vocals; Choreography by Charles Stephen Thompson with additionalchoreography by Francis Matheu and Mara Andres of Polecats; Mio Infanteas scenographer; Martin Esteva as Lighting Designer; Chuck Ledesma assound designer; and Bek Soriano as costume stylist.

The show will run on February 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, March 4, 5 and 6. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00PM. Saturdays at 3:30PM & Sundays at 4:30PM. Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. For tickets and reservations call 9 Works Theatrical at 557-5860, 586-7105, or 0917-5545560, or visit, or call TicketWorld at 891.9999.

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1 comment:

Jean said...

For March 4 8pm showing of Rent, please text +639175393536. Thanks!

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