Cast & Creative Announcement for Rent the Musical

RAW, SEXY & DANGEROUS, THIS 20TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION STRIPS RENT BACK TO ITS OFF-BROADWAY ROOTS

CAST & CREATIVE ANNOUNCEMENT

Matt Ward Entertainment & Brisbane Powerhouse as part of Melt Festival 2017 would like to announce the cast and creative team behind the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical RENT. Playing Brisbane Powerhouse from 1st February 2017.

The cast will feature JACKSON MCGOVERN (American Buffalo, Grin and Tonic Theatre Troup) as Mark Cohen, CHRIS WHITE (Miss Saigon-The Arts Centre Gold Coast, currently on world tour with international children’s pop group Hi5) as Roger Davis, TOM DAVIS (Carrie-The Musical, Alice in Wonderland, Dubai & India tour The Jungle Book) will play Angel Dumott Schunard,

LUKE HODGSON (Edges-A Song Cycle, Fiddler on the Roof) as Tom Collins, JACQUI MCLAREN (The Narrator-Blood Brothers, Norma/Carrie Cover-Carrie the musical and The White Rabbit/Alice Cover -Alice in Wonderland) will take the role of Mimi Marquez,

AURELIE ROQUE (Dracula’s Cabaret Theatre, Boy&Girl 3) as Joanne Jefferson, RUBY CLARK ( Hairspray the arena tour, Rizzo in the upcoming arena experience of GREASE) as Maureen Johnson and SIMON CHAMBERLAIN ( Songs For A New World, Boy&Girl 3) as Benjamin Coffin III.

The cast will also feature HEIDI ENCHELMAIER, HANNAH GRONDIN, ISAAC LINDLEY and JACOB LANGMACK.

Matt Ward, NIDA graduate and an emerging musical theatre and cabaret producer in Queensland, also presents the successful talent development performance program The Greenroom Project.

“I am thrilled that we can finally announce the full cast of this iconic musical. Having auditioned over 160 applicants I believe we have found the best cast to bring Jonathan Larson’s rock score to life”.

NIDA graduate and Brisbane local, Tim Hill is set to Direct this new take on Rent. “I’m looking forward to stripping the show back to its original off-Broadway roots and bringing out a raw, sexy and uncensored production to honour the twentieth year anniversary.” Says Hill.

Joining the RENT creative team is ANDREW WADLEY (Songs for a New World) as Musical Director and Production Design by ANTHONY SPINAZE (Riley Valentine & the Occupation of Fort Svalbard-QTC, St.Mary’s in Exile-QTC, Much Ado About Nothing-QTC).

This production of RENT is a Co-Op initiative. Matt Ward Entertainment is seeking philanthropist and corporate sponsorship in support of the cast and creative to realise their vision of producing this ground breaking musical.

A percentage of money raised from sponsorships will be donated back to a chosen charity In support of LGBTQ+ community.

Rent is a visceral story of young artists in New York’s East Village whose dreams and heart break intertwine, painting a raw portrait of bohemians living in the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Rent is a pop culture phenomenon set in the East Village of New York City and is all about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. The story follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city.

They include Mark, a filmmaker and the narrator of the story; his former girlfriend, Maureen, a performance artist; Maureen’s lover, Joanne, a public interest lawyer; Mark’s roommate Roger, a musician; Mimi, an exotic dancer, with whom Roger falls in love; Tom Collins, a computer genius;

Collins’ lover, Angel, a street musician and drag queen; and Benny, a former member of the group who, after marrying into a wealthy family, has become their landlord. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts, provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

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