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I watched Rent The Movie first than seeing the theatrical play live and I can now say that watching it live is definitely way much better! I watched RENT live for the first time last December 2010. I was very happy to have finally watched it and I also highly recommend you guys to see it too! More details on the musical below.
Due to insistent public demand, 9 Works Theatrical brings back its hit musical, RENT, this coming February 12, 2011 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.
RENT is the imaginative retelling of the classic Puccini opera, La Boheme, set in New York City’s gritty East Village. This unforgettable and timeless story of a group of starving artists, who, despite poverty and illness, learn to fall in love and find their voices, brings a universal message of hope for everyone.
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize, RENT with Book, Music and Lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, has made a lasting mark on Broadway with its iconic score which includes the crowd-favorite, â€œSeasons of Love.â€
Some of the countryâ€™s talented theater artists who will reprise their roles for the restaging of RENT (previously staged by 9 Works Theatrical â€“ Feb. 2010 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, and Dec. 2010 at the Power Plant Cinema 2) include singer/TV host Gian Magdangal as Roger Davis, the songwriter. Gian recently starred in 9 Works Theatricalâ€™s hit musical â€œThe Wedding Singerâ€ and regularly appears in GMA-7â€™s Party Pilipinas.
Sheree Bautista, TV personality / singer and Magdangalâ€™s real-life girlfriend will reprise her role as Mimi Marquez, the AIDS-afflicted dancer from the Cat Scratch Club.
Alternating with Sheree and joining the cast for the first time is singer / TV personality and showbiz royalty Ciara Sotto. Ciara recently appeared in the local theater production of Magsimula Ka! and is thrilled to be playing a role that will both challenge her and put her pole dancing skills to great use.
Also returning are Fredison Lo as Mark Cohen, the nerdy filmmaker; OJ Mariano as Tom Collins, the computer genius; Job Bautista as Angel Dummott Schunard, Collins’ drag queen street musician lover; Jenny Villegas as Joanne Jefferson, Maureen’s public interest lawyer lover, and Lorenz Martinez as Benjamin Coffin III, a former member of the group who, after marrying a wealthy woman, has since become their landlord.
Theater veteran and Miss Saigon alumna Carla Guevara-Laforteza rejoins the cast as Maureen Johnson, the larger-than-life performance artist who sings â€œOver the Moon.â€ Alternating with her is newcomer Mian Dimacali from the December run who blew audiences away with her rendition of Maureen, making her one of the actresses to watch out for in 2011.
The rest of the ensemble is composed of Peachy Atilano, Harold Cruz, Johann dela Fuente, Gary Junsay, Anna Santamaria, and Mark Tayag.
The artistic team of RENT is led by Director Robbie Guevara, with Jojo Malferrari as musical director â€“ band; Onyl Torres as musical director â€“ vocals; Mio Infante as scenographer; Martin Esteva as Lighting Designer; Chuck Ledesma as sound designer; Bek Soriano as costume stylist; and Francis Matheu for additional choreography.
The RENT production team is composed of: Santi Santamaria, executive producer; Anna Santamaria, company manager; Toff de Venecia, Marketing & PR Director; Jojo Amboy, stage manager; Toots Tolentino, PR Consultant; Jonjon Martin, PR Manager; Carlos Canlas, Shelyn Tayanes, Marketing Manager.
Show dates are 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, Ayala Corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenues, Makati City.
For tickets: call 557.5860, 586.7105, or 0917-5545560, or visit www.9workstheatrical.com, or call TicketWorld at 891.9999.
RENT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) 421 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019 Tel.: (212) 541-4684 â€¢ www.mtishows.com