February 4, 2010

RENT: THE MUSICAL Manila review

Roger, Mimi, Mark, Maureen, Joanne, Angel, Tom and Benny refreshes our senses with the Manila run of RENT: The Musical, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. i have discussed this on my other blog entries so now i have to tell you what i think about the show.

i have seen the play and the movie before but this interpretation made me understand it more. maybe because i listened more on the lyrics now and at the same time the rock music that composed the story. they did changes from the original RENT but it didn't damage the whole concept of the story. i loved how they arranged it.

the set was though simple but used very effectively.

actors: Gian Magdangal did his best playing Roger. one thing funny though is that Mimi, played by Nicole Asensio, looked like Sheree, Gian's partner. and by the way, Nicole's got that sexy voice -- really appropriate for Mimi role. Mark Cohen, Maureen and Joanne added more life to the musical especially Maureen! Carla Guevara-Laforteza playing Maureen justifies why two people ran after her. i mean, to have a talent like Carla, you can't miss a thing. how about the couple, Tom and Angel? they did great! now you have to see OJ Mariano can actually jerk a tear for his character. he displayed great emotions to the role of having a relationship with Angel played by Job Bautista. he also had a great time on stage.

in summary, the whole show is really great. no dull moments from beginning to the end. and if you had your RENT OSTs, get them in your head so you can sing with the cast especially Seasons of Love.

catch RENT: The Musical in Manila on the following dates:
February 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28.
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 1200
For tickets: call 557.58.60 or TicketWorld at 891.9999

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  1. La Vie Boheme! =) Very well written! Until now, I'm still having hangovers with the songs. I'll also write a review soon after everything settles down. ;)

  2. I saw this last sunday Night...
    RENT means life to me...
    forgive me for intruding, i just like reading reviews, specially if it's RENT...
    to be honest.. i thought Gian was the lousiest ROGER ever... Mimi was cute, but she's just...
    Angel, i think needs more practice with Today for You, that's a really hard song to sing, jumping and running around... hinihingal sya eh... Mark and Joan are definitely believable... but it's COLLINS and MAUREEN who definitely stands out... hands down ako ke CARLA GUEVARA-LAFORTEZA!!! am a huge fan of IDINA MENZEL and i've always thought that no one can play MAUREEN as good as IDINA! Last Sunday Night, CARLA GUEVARA-LAFORTEZA proved me wrong...Her Leap of Faith would haunt me to my grave... MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...
    (the best part of the show that definitely brings tears to my eyes, LIFE SUPPORT, "there's only us, there'e only this, forget regret. or life is your's to miss, no other road no other way, NODAY BUT TODAY")


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