Talented cast announced for queensland production of iconic musical rent

Fourteen talented young musical theatre artists have landed roles in the Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, RENT, to be presented by Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Matt Ward Entertainment, from 2 May 2018.

Cast in principal roles are James Shaw (TOM COLLINS), Trent Owers (ANGEL DUMOTT), Stephie Da Silva, (MIMI), Tom Oliver (MARK COHEN), Luigi Lucente (ROGER DAVIS), Kirrah Amosa (JOANNE JEFFERSON), Ruby Clark (MAUREEN JOHNSON), and Isaac Lindley (BENJAMIN COFFIN).

The ensemble cast comprise Stephen Adams, Heidi Enchelmaier, Hannah Grondin, Antonia Marr, Josh Whitten and Lauren Wood.

Rent Producer Matt Ward said he is thrilled with the calibre of the cast secured for this gritty rock musical.

“From more than 200 applications, who we saw over two weeks of auditions, and 50 call back auditions, we have secured a cast of stellar singers and charismatic actors who represent a rich mix of cultures and professional experience levels.

“Our creative team was extremely impressed with the talent. We are proud that we have been able to cast such a dynamic and culturally diverse cast for this iconic musical,” said Mr Ward.

“Local musical theatre stars like Tom Oliver and Ruby Clark will join two 2017 Conservatorium of Musical Theatre graduates, Lauren Wood and Josh Whitten. Interstate artists include Kirrah Amosa, Paulini’s cover from The Bodyguard The Musical, and Luigi Lucente, fresh from Muriel’s Wedding. From the 2017 production are Isaac Lindley, Heidi Enchelmaier and Hannah Grondin, and I’m certain new discovery, Stephie Da Silva, will create a remarkable Mimi,” said Mr Ward.

Rent Choreographer Tess Hill added that the audition process was an incredibly inspiring experience.

“To see so much local talent is reassuring for the future of home grown Musical Theatre in Brisbane. It was also great to see the reach this project has had, with so many interstate video submissions received.

“We were looking for a talented, edgy cast to do this amazing piece of theatre and it was wonderful to see so many people give their unique touch to these iconic characters,” said Ms Hill.

“We are CAST! and I am so ready to get in the room with these artists and bring the lower east side to QPAC. Bring on May!”

Matt Ward also paid tribute to the new production’s creative team.

“The creative team we have assembled to bring this Tony Award® winning musical to QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre is exceptional. We welcome back NIDA graduate Tim Hill as director, Ben Murray as music director, and choreographer Tess Hill, and are delighted to bring on board international artist and production designer, Maria- Rose Payne (fresh off the sets of Thor and Aquaman), and feature lighting design by Wesley Bluff and sound design by JTAP.

“We are over the moon not only to announce our cast for the 2018 season of RENT, but that due to popular demand we are also adding another four shows to the QPAC season with the closing date now extended to 19 May,” added Mr Ward.

The Jonathan Larson classic features popular hits such as Seasons of Love and Take Me or Leave Me. The multi-award winning musical follows the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in New York’s East Village. This visceral performance shows the group dealing with heartbreak as they strive to fulfil their dreams, intertwined in the shadow of HIV and AIDS.

Loosely based on Puccini’s La Boheme, RENT first premiered on Broadway in 1996 and over twenty years on it continues to deliver.

Playing for a strictly limited season at QPAC from 2 May 2018, don’t miss securing your tickets now to this stunning new production of RENT – a must-see musical. To book go to qpac.com.au or phone 136-246.

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