Stellar production team to head up SA premiere of
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Stellar production team to head up SA premiere of multi-award winning musical… RENT! A modern day version of Puccini’s opera La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s hit musical, RENT has all the ingredients to appeal to today’s audiences – sex, drugs, rock n roll, love, loss and hope. RENT’S South Australian premiere due to hit the stage in November 2008 is collaboration between Catchy Title Productions’ producer/director, Scott Nell; musical director Matthew Carey and internationally renowned choreographer Leigh Warren. This dynamic team brings a wealth of experience and critically acclaimed talent to this brand new production of the multi-award winning Broadway musical. RENT is a celebration of life. Told through the eyes of Mark, a struggling young filmmaker, RENT is a fresh yet turbulent musical that explores the lives of a community of young New Yorkers as they struggle with the tough realities of today. Director/producer Scott Nell says: “The show drags the classics into a new age and speaks to many members of our community. It’s about friendship. It’s about coping with adversity. It’s about coping with disease. It’s about the credo there is no day but today!” “We have put together a dream team for this production, of which Catchy Title Productions is really proud. We are also very pleased to team up with the Aids Council of SA to raise funds for the Red Ribbon Bobby Goldsmith Foundation” As icing on the cake, the character of Angel will be exclusively dressed by internationally recognised fashion designers George Gross and Harry Who. Fans of the movie and the original Broadway production will recognise the scorchingly hot, high impact score featuring the hit songs Seasons of Love, La Vie Boheme, Take Me or Leave Me and many more. With a stellar team behind the scenes and a young, contemporary and talented cast on stage, Adelaide audiences will be scrabbling to see what is considered the greatest rock musical of modern times. RENT! NOVEMBER 6-8, 12-15, 19-22 @ 8pm & Nov 16 @ 5pm Star Theatres – 145 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton Bookings: www.catchytitle.com.au or 08 7120 2933 END RELEASE For cast/production team interviews and photo opportunities, please contact Scott Nell on 0410 497 816 or firstname.lastname@example.org Visit http://www.catchytitle.com.au/ for cast biographies and additional media information. Production Team - Overview Scott Nell, Director/Producer Scott has produced and directed shows for Catchy Title Productions for the past 8 years, including children’s entertainment and critically acclaimed sell- out cabaret productions at the Adelaide Cabaret and Fringe Festivals. Since 1992, as a writer/director Scott has created shows for production companies in Adelaide and Canberra that went on to tour South Australia, New South Wales and the ACT. Also a seasoned performer, Scott’s experience spans television, breakfast radio, film, cabaret and theatre. Leigh Warren, Choreographer Leigh Warren trained at the Australian Ballet School and later graduated to the Australian Ballet. In his final year with the ballet company he was awarded the first Churchill Scholarship for the Performing Arts, which he completed at the Juilliard School of Music, New York. Leigh's distinguished performing career included stints with Ballet Rambert, the Netherlands Dance Theatre and Nureyev and Friends. In 1993 Leigh formed his own company - Leigh Warren & Dancers. The company has performed for audiences in Holland, Singapore, London, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and all states of Australia. Matthew Carey, Musical Director Matthew has worked extensively nationally and internationally as a pianist, arranger and musical director. He has played for Australian productions of “Phantom of the Opera”, “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Mamma Mia” and currently is pianist with the band etype. Matthew was Associate Musical Director for the London revival of Sondheim’s ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ 2005-06 and has assisted Broadway composers Jason Robert Brown, Maltby & Shire and Andrew Lippa. Matthew has performed with the cabaret show “Flat on your Bacharach” since co-creating it in 2001, touring Australia as well as appearances in Vancouver and Hong Kong.