Original cast reunites for 10th SA Anniversary with RENT IN CONCERT

“To be a part of Rent once in a lifetime is a gift, to have a second opportunity to indulge in the music, the characters and the story with the original South African cast and creative team is quite unbelievable. And to play Maureen who is an activist and protest performer, now, in 2017, when the world seems to have turned upside down, makes it ever more meaningful.” SIVAN RAPHAELY

 

Save the date! Showtime Management’s 10th Anniversary Production of RENT IN CONCERT takes place at Montecasino’s Teatro on Monday, 15 May 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are now on sale at Computicket. Presented by Showtime Management, this celebratory one night fund-raising concert features the much loved iconic and popular numbers from the stage production of RENT including Seasons of Love, Out Tonight, Without You, Will I and Take Me Or Leave Me performed by the original South African cast who reunite especially for this concert. They last performed together to rave reviews in the Tony and Pulitzer Award winning musical production of RENT, produced by Showtime Management ten years ago at the Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein and then Artscape, Cape Town.


“One is tempted to return just to relive the glorious music,” raved the Tonight on 20 July 2007 and now “Rentheads”, fans of the musical and theatre-goers are invited to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy RENT IN CONCERT. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, the musical production of RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished friends struggling to make it in New York’s East City Village as they struggle with relationships, drugs, loss, love, creativity, HIV/AIDS and paying their “rent”. This concert version presents the entire score sung and performed with minimal staging. It’s all about the music, the songs and the strength of the beautiful voices that will have audiences singing along or sitting mesmerised, longing for more. All proceeds go to HospiceWits whose “no end to caring” motto resonates with RENT’s themes of love, losing a loved one to a terminal illness, friendship and support. The music and lyrics written by Jonathan Larson performed by the South African cast tell the touching story through song.


“HospiceWits has provided the highest quality of care and support to hundreds of thousands of hopeful patients and families affected by life threatening illnesses in Johannesburg over the past 38 years. The funds provided by this event will be used for the continuation of that care in our compassionate environment which enables patients to feel supported and encouraged on the journey of life threatening illness.” says Joy Ruwodo, Marketing Manager, HospiceWits.



The cast is passionate about the concert and eager to give of their time to support HospiceWits. All the 2007 leads - including Shaun V who is flying in from Dubai - and some from around the country, sees Duane Alexander, Aubrey Poo, Zane Gillion, Thokozani “Zano” Nzima, Talia Kodesh, Sivan Raphaely and Ilse Klink together with fellow cast members Chantal Herman, Jaco Van Rensburg, Anton Luitingh, Megan Victor-Carelse and Lorri Strauss on stage on 15 May. New to this staging will be Phillip Schnetler and Nicholas “Nicksoul” Nkuna, who are looking forward to joining the original performers.

 

“To feel Jonathan Larson's music in my blood again and to reunite with our magnificent SA Rent family, I just couldn't possibly say "no"! TALIA KODESH



What started as a light-hearted Facebook chat about getting together for the 10th Anniversary of RENT is now becoming a reality. Hazel Feldman and Tony Feldman of Showtime Management, the original producers of RENT are lending their full support to RENT IN CONCERT and Montecasino, the concert host is providing the Teatro as the concert venue. Technical companies Gearhouse Splitbeam, ProSound and Computicket have donated their services while Music Theatre International New York and the Jonathan Larson Estate has waivered performance royalties, therefore greatly assisting in raising funds for Hospice Wits.

 

"It was through RENT that I really GOT the idea of a cast as a true, ensemble unit, working together to just 'tell the story' - presenting the flawed, messy characters as they are and allowing them to guide us through the ups and downs of their lives - always leading to the goal of "Remembering the Love”. The process of creating RENT SA was a hugely challenging time for me, personally and presenting it 10 years later, allows me to celebrate my own finding of myself, my inner strength and above all, the LOVE that shines through all experiences." CHANTAL HERMAN


The concert also reunites the 2007 creative team of choreographer Jill Somers with Anton Luitingh and Duane Alexander who will recreate their performances in RENT as well as co-direct the concert version. Music Supervisor, Bryan Schimmel will once again, lead the band.

 

“RENT is the kind of musical that follows you throughout your life and I have wanted to revisit this material for a long time. I was a baby when I did this show and it's wonderful to be at an age and stage in your life where you finally have the life experience to do this beautiful piece justice. I wasn't even out of the closet when I did this show and now I am married to the best person I know. Rent made it okay to be gay and look at how far we have come. Measure in love always.” MEGAN VICTOR-CARELSE

 


“Rent radically changed the Broadway musical in the 1990’s, so in keeping with our vision to continually provide world class entertainment that is unique to our venue, the Teatro at Montecasino is thrilled to be hosting this once off event to raise money for a very hardworking organisation such as Hospice Wits” Bryan Hill, General Manager, Teatro

No day but TODAY! Tickets for this one night only concert are limited and patrons are encouraged to book at Computicket as soon as possible. #RentConcertSA



“RENT is the kind of musical that follows you throughout your life and I have wanted to revisit this material for a long time. I was a baby when I did this show and it's wonderful to be at an age and stage in your life where you finally have the life experience to do this beautiful piece justice. I wasn't even out of the closet when I did this show and now I am married to the best person I know. Rent made it okay to be gay and look at how far we have come. Measure in love always.” MEGAN VICTOR-CARELSE



RENT IN CONCERT 2017 CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Duane Alexander (Co-director)
Zane Gillion
Ilse Klink
Talia Kodesh
Anton Luitingh (Co-director)
Nicksoul (Nicholas Nkuna)
Nobuntu Mphalaza
Aubrey Poo
Thokozani Nzima
Sivan Raphaely
Phillip Schnetler
Lorri Strauss
Jaco van Rensberg
Shaun V
Megan Victor-Carelse
Hazel Feldman – Producer
Tony Feldman - Producer
Bryan Schimmel – Music Director
Jill Somers - Choreographer

SHOW INFORMATION

DATE: Monday, 15 May 2017

SHOW TIME: 8pm

TICKET PRICES: R150, R250, R350, R450

BOOKINGS: Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or visit your nearest Computicket service centre.

ON LINE:
Showtime Management
www.showtime.co.za
www.facebook.com/showtimemanagementsa

Montecasino
Website - www.montecasino.co.za
Facebook – montecasino
Twitter - @montecasinoza

Hospice Wits
http://hospicewits.co.za/


MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
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(e) debranne@icon.co.za
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HOSPICE WITS:
JOY RUWODO
Marketing Manager
joyruwodo@hospicewits.co.za
C 078 070 8105
T +27 (011) 483 9100 / 9156
F +27 (011) 728 2098

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