Tim Omaji and Robert Tripoli Join Hot Summer Musical RENT
Sydney, Dec 27-Jan 31 & Wyong, Feb 4-6
It was recently announced that to celebrate the 25th anniversary of RENT, a new Australian production will play at the Sydney Opera House and Wyong Art House this summer, presented in association with LPD Productions and Sugary Rum Productions.
Tim Omaji, popularly known as ‘Timomatic’, and Robert Tripolino join previously announced cast Callum Francis (Kinky Boots) and Seann Miley Moore (UK X Factor) in this brand new Australian production of RENT.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Jonathan Larson’s multiple Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning sensation will be coming to the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre from 27 December 2020 to 31 January 2021. After its debut season at the Sydney Opera House, the Central Coast will welcome the show for four shows only at the Art House Wyong over 4-6 February in 2021.
Tim Omaji, who will play the charming Benny, rose to fame as a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Australia’s Got Talent. As ‘Timomatic’ he is a four-time platinum recording artist signed to Sony Music. He will be appearing in the Netflix/NBC Universal television series Clickbait and the feature film Ruby’s Choice, alongside Jane Seymour.
Robert Tripolino has an extensive career on the stage and screen including playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican Centre, Aladdin (Live Performance Recording for The Walt Disney Company), Holding The Man and Upper Middle Bogan. He will play struggling musician, Roger.
Other principal cast members set to star in the legendary rock musical include Mia Morrissey (In Your Dreams and Home and Away) in the role of exotic dancer Mimi, and Helpmann Award-winning Mat Verevis (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) will play the narrator, Mark.
The confident performance artist Maureen will be played by Monique Salle (A Chorus Line, MAMMA MIA! the Musical and the 50th anniversary tour of HAIR the Musical) and Elenoa Rokobaro (High School Musical on Stage, Fame and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby) will play Ivy league educated lawyer, Joanne.
The ensemble cast includes Henry Brett, Jarrod Draper, Kieran McGrath, Marissa Saroca, Angelina Thomson and Stacey Thomsett.
RENT co-producers, Lauren Peters (LPD Productions) and Gus Murray (Sugary Rum Productions), said: “Casting RENT was a hugely joyful adventure. This incredible bunch of artists are bringing to life New York’s downtrodden with all the fire and punch necessary to perform this epic rock musical. People won’t realise how much they have missed the theatre until they fall in love with this cast.”
RENT is directed by the award-winning Shaun Rennie with musical direction by Andrew Worboys and choreography by Luca Dinardo. Original credits are: Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson.
RENT is the story of one life-changing year, set in the iconic city of New York in 1991. Join the bohemian revolution as this group of artists, outcasts and misfits seize their moment in the face of adversity and measure their life through love. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this global musical phenomenon with a never more prevalent message: “no day but today”.
Set in the East Village, where the vibrant, passionate bohemian community is dwindling. Gentrification is pushing people from their homes, and the disease AIDS ravishes the population of young struggling artists trying to survive. Yet, in the course of one life-changing year, a group of friends fight for their place in the world. For love. For life in the face of death.
Loosely based on Puccini’s 1896 opera La Bohème, RENT features all the hits from the award winning score including “La Vie Boheme”, “Take Me or Leave Me”, “RENT” and “Seasons of Love”.
“In these dangerous times where the world is ripping apart at the seams, we can learn from those who stare death in the face every day, by reaching out to each other and bonding as a community.” Jonathan Larson, 1996
Come celebrate life and love in all its forms in this revolutionary, classic rock musical.