Thursday, December 9, 2010

Catch “RENT, The Musical” at Power Plant Cinema (DEC. 8 – 12)

Read what I think about the show here.

In celebration of Power Plant Cinema’s 10th Anniversary, RENT - a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning revolutionary rock musical will be presented for a limited run at Cinema 2 from December 8 -12, 2010.

Produced by Power Plant Cinema and 9 Works Theatrical, RENT will be directed by Robbie Guevara.

With book and lyrics written by Jonathan Larson, RENT is an imaginative retelling of the classic Giacomo Puccini opera, “ La Boheme ” set in the gritty Lower East Village of New York City.

RENT is the unforgettable and timeless story of a group of starving bohemian artists. Despite poverty and illness, they all learned to struggle with love and life, and survived during the rise of a mysterious, deadly disease known as AIDS. Eventually, all of them found their voices and brought a universal message of hope for everyone.

Some of the country’s talented theater artists who will reprise their roles for this specific production of RENT (as previously staged by 9 Works Theatrical – Feb. 2010) include singer/TV host Gian Magdangal as Roger Davis, the songwriter. Gian recently starred in the successful musical hit “The Wedding Singer”.
Also featured 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; and Jenny Villegas as Joanne Jefferson, Maureen's public interest lawyer lover.

The rest of the ensemble is composed of Gary Junsay, Harold Cruz, Johann de la Fuente, Mark Tayag and Peachy Atilano.

A ‘must-see’ are the new members of the cast led by noted theater actor Lorenz Martinez who will give a new twist to the character of Benjamin Coffin III, a former member of the group who, after marrying a wealthy woman, has since become their landlord and the opposite of the group's Bohemian values.

Fresh from a stint with Universal Studios Singapore, Amparo Sietereales, will alternate for the role of Mimi, Roger’s lover / bar girl – a role she originated during a previous production of RENT in Manila several years back.

Sheree Bautista, TV personality/singer and Gian Magdangal’s real-life lady love will play the role of Mimi.

Newcomer Mian Dimacali bravely takes up the role of Maureen Johnson. Sab Jose and Pam Imperial also join as part of the ensemble.

The artistic team of RENT is led by Robbie Guevara, director; Ricky Villante, musical director – band; Onyl Torres, musical director – vocals; Mio Infante, scenographer; Martin Esteva, Lighting Designer; Chuck Ledesma, sound designer; Bek Soriano, costume stylist; and Francis Matheu for additional choreography.

The RENT production team is composed of the following: Santi Santamaria, executive producer; Anna Santamaria, company manager; Toff de Venecia, Marketing & PR Director and Production Manager; Paul Domine, Technical Director; Arma Bonilla, stage manager; Toots Tolentino, PR Consultant; Jonjon Martin, PR Manager; Shelyn Tayanes, Marketing Manager; Campaigns & Grey, PR Agency.

RENT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) 421 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019 Tel.: (212) 541-4684 •

RENT will be staged for a limited run of 8 performances at Power Plant Cinema 2 from December 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (8PM), December 10 (330PM), 11 (4PM) & 12 (430PM). Get your tickets now at the Power Plant Cinema ticket booth. Call 898-1440 or 898 1441 or 0908-8692988.

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

Viva La Vie Boheme!

Monday, December 6, 2010

New ATM Security Measure ...

... makes you wonder if anyone would be able to get their money! LOL

Thursday, December 2, 2010

FYI: “NARNIA” Opens Subsequently in Philippine Theaters this December

I've already watched Voyage of the Dawn Treater in 3D last night at Gateway Cinema and it was AWESOME! Don't miss this movie in the next few days. Bring the whole family and enjoy!

Press Release:

Eager movie denizens awaiting “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” need not wait too long as the movie opens on December 3 in 3D cinemas and subsequently on December 9 in all cinemas across the Phils.

In “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the Pevensies, Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) are back in Narnia without their older siblings Susan and Peter who are in America with their parents. They are however joined by their irritating and selfish cousin Eustace (Will Poulter). He has ended up with them on the Dawn Treader but would far rather be back in England in the comfort of his own home.

The seafaring adventurers, including the swashbuckling mouse Reepicheep, are on a daring mission to find the missing Narnian Lords of Telmar who were banished by Caspian’s evil uncle, Miraz. Their journey takes them across the seas where they encounter magical Dufflepuds, dragons and strange sea creatures. On one enchanted island, the water turns everything it touches into gold. In today’s scene on the Gold Coast set in Australia, the travelers find themselves on the Lone Islands. Edmund and Caspian are battling sinister slave traders.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Apted, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is enchanting and exciting but it also has an emotional core. Each traveler on board the Dawn Treader has a personal challenge to face and overcome.

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is a 20th Century Fox film distributed by Warner Bros.
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