Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Viva La Vie Boheme! Catch RENT's 2011 Run!

I have watched RENT for the first time in February 2010 and again last December. I don't think I'll ever tire of hearing the great songs and be reminded that there's "no day but today" to do the things we want or need to do before they're too late.

Last Monday, 9 Works Theatrical introduced the cast of RENT 2011. They sang several songs which were a delight to hear again. If you haven't watched this musical yet, do! 

Press Release: RENT Set to Open on Feb. 12

Due to insistent public demand, 9 Works Theatrical will bring back RENT - the revolutionary rock musical - starting February 12, 2011 at the Carlos P. Romulo auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

After staging RENT back in February and December 2010 respectively, 9 Works Theatrical has received a lot of inquiries and requests from RENTheads, students, school groups and ‘rock’ music fans both young and old to stage it again.

RENT the 2011 version will be newer, fresher and bolder in approach under the over-all supervision and direction of Robbie Guevara.

RENT - a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical was written by Jonathan Larson as an imaginative retelling of the classic Giacomo Puccini opera, “La Boheme” set in the gritty Lower East Village of New York City. To know more of the story, read my other blog post here.

Some of the country’s talented theater artists who will reprise their roles for the restaging of RENT (previously staged by 9 Works Theatrical – Feb. 2010 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, and Dec. 2010 at the Rockwell Power Plant Cinema 2) include singer/TV host Gian Magdangal as Roger Davis, the songwriter. Gian recently starred in 9 Works Theatrical’s hit musical “The Wedding Singer” and regularly appears in GMA-7’s Party Pilipinas.

Sheree Bautista, TV personality / singer and Magdangal’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 Ciara Sotto. Ciara recently appeared in the local theater production of Magsimula Ka! and is thrilled to be playing a role that both challenges her and puts her pole dancing skills to good 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 greedy landlord.

Ms. Carla Guevara-Laforteza rejoins the cast as Maureen Johnson, the larger-than-life performance artist who sings “Over the Moon.” Alternating with her is newcomer Mian Dimacali who got the critics' nod in the December 2010 run.

The rest of the ensemble is composed of Peachy Atilano, Harold Cruz, Johann dela Fuente, Pam Imperial, Gary Junsay, Anna Santamaria, Alys Serdenia, and Mark Tayag. Al Gatmaitan also joins the ensemble and will play the role of Roger in certain performances.

The artistic team of RENT is led by Director Robbie Guevara, with Jojo Malferrari as musical director – band; Onyl Torres as musical director – vocals; Choreography by Charles Stephen Thompson with additional choreography by Francis Matheu and Mara Andres of Polecats; Mio Infante as scenographer; Martin Esteva as Lighting Designer; Chuck Ledesma as sound designer; and Bek Soriano as costume stylist.

The RENT production team is composed of: Santi Santamaria, executive producer; Anna Santamaria, company manager; Toff de Venecia, Marketing and PR Director; Toots Tolentino, PR Consultant; Jonjon Martin, PR Manager; Carlos Canlas, HR Manager; Shelyn Tayanes, Marketing Manager; and Jojo Amboy as Stage 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 and 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, or call TicketWorld at 891.9999.

Socially relevant, youthful, and moving, RENT lives on, along with the affirmation that there is “no day but today.”
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