Theatre Royal Plymouth - Welsh National Opera
Welsh National Opera’s Spring season takes you to bohemian Paris to witness one of opera’s greatest love stories. La bohème visits Plymouth Theatre Royal on 18-22 April, and we take a look at what connects this passionate and timeless Puccini opera to modern day culture.
La bohème is the story of Mimi and Rodolfo who fall in love at first sight but find their relationship challenged by forces even greater than the heart. One of opera’s greatest love stories, La bohème is a must-see for both seasoned and new opera goers.
Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La bohème, Rent is an up-to-date retelling of the same story, this time set in New York City, and featuring unforgettable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the much-loved songs Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Bohème. Rent is currently on a UK tour, giving you a chance to see this gripping rock musical as well as the opera that inspired it
Winner of four Tony® Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it ran on Broadway for an astonishing 12 years. One of the original members of the cast was Idina Menzel
Menzel rose to prominence when she originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent. Her performance earned her a Tony Award nomination in 1996. She reprised the role in the musical's 2005 film adaptation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFOvOQ8xLv4
Did you know…..she married and had a son with co-star Taye Diggs (they have since divorced after 10 years of marriage). As well as being part of the original cast of Rent, in 2003, Menzel starred as the original Elphaba on Broadway in Wicked.
Menzel received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. Also nominated for the Tony and playing opposite her as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North was fellow soprano Kristin Chenoweth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OctwImCiUw
Kristin is an American actress and singer, with credits in musical theatre, film and television. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway. In 2003, she received wide notice for originating the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked, including a nomination for another Tony. She has also had a number of film and TV roles including April Rhodes in Glee (also with Menzel), Olive Snook on the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies and as quick-witted Deputy Press Secretary Annabeth Schott in NBC's The West Wing.
The West Wing
The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set primarily in the West Wing of the White House, where the Oval Office and offices of presidential senior staff are located, during the fictitious Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen). This political drama has a lot in common with La bohème with its twists and turns and the ever growing unfolding drama, both take you on a rollercoaster ride.
Idina, Kristin and the shows that they have starred in have all won Tony awards in one way or another but did you know that a Brit has not only won a Tony but has since hosted it too? - James Corden. James Corden is the host of The Late Late Show which is known for generating buzzworthy viral videos such as Carpool Karaoke. In the build up to him hosting the Tony’s he had a special Broadway edition of Carpool Karaoke. The Broadway stars had a special moment when they belted out one of the most memorable songs from Rent; Seasons of Love
La bohème is part of WNO’s Spring 2017 season, visiting Plymouth Theatre Royal between 18 – 22 April
For more information and to book tickets, visit wno.org.uk