Steph Fearon, who reached the semi-finals of the BBC1's 'Over The Rainbow' competition for the West End role of Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Palladium production of 'The Wizard Of Oz', is to star as Mimi in a new London production of the multi award-winning musical 'Rent'.
'Rent', with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson and directed by Paul Taylor-Mills, will run at Greenwich Theatre from Wednesday 5th September - Sunday 16th September.
'Rent' is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera 'La Bohème' and tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
Steph Fearon's credits include: 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' (Landor), Dorothy in a production of the 'The Wiz' at Milton Keynes Theatre, Dorothy in a UK tour of 'The?Wizard of Oz', DiAna Morales in 'A Chorus Line'. at the Tel Aviv Opera House, Israel, 'The Little Shop of Horrors' (National tour) 'Whistle Down the Wind' (Aldwych), 'The Wind in the Willows' (Open Air Theatre), "As If' (C4) and My Parents are Aliens (ITV).
Other casting to be announced.
The original production of Rent opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996 following a history making, sold out, extended limited engagement at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Additionally, Rent is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama. In all Rent won four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards, two Theatre World Awards, and Obie Awards for its creator, director, and entire cast. The show's creator, Jonathan Larson, died suddenly the night before the off-Broadway premiere. The original production closed on September 7, 2008, after playing 5,124 performances and 16 previews. Rent is the ninth longest running show in Broadway history.
Director Paul Taylor-Mills' credits include Little Shop of Horrors (White Bear) nominated for four Off West End Awards, including Best Director; A Clockwork Orange and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Lost Theatre); the European premiere of My Big Gay Italian Wedding (two sold-out seasons Above The Stag and C Venues, Edinburgh); and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Union), Off West End nomination for Best Director.
Directed by Paul Taylor-Mills with associate director Stephen Whitson, choreographer Richard Jones, musical directors Huw Evans and Tom Turner, designed by David Shields and produced by Lillie Collier and Kylie Vilcins.
This production is presented by special arrangement with Joseph Weinberger and in association with Greenwich Theatre. Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ES. Call the box office at 020 8858 7755 or visit www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk for tickets and more information.