Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Filipina actress plays lead role in "Fame The Musical"

A Filipina actress will play the lead role in “Fame, The Musical” which will open on April of next year in Australia. Rowena Vilar will play the role of Carmen in the musical which is actually returning to the country. It already ran for a decade in London and has been seen by 10 million worldwide.

Vilar is not new to acting. She already played the role of Anita in West Side Story at the Meralco Theather in the Philippines and she has worked with big names like Hugh Jackman in “Boy from Oz.” She was also part of the ensemble of the Miss Saigon Australia touring company.

Another prominent Australian-Filipina actress will be joining the Fame cast. Rebecca Mendoza, who was part of the Miss Saigon cast with Joanna Ampil playing Kim and The Lord of the Rings Musical, will play as the ballet teacher.

Fame The Musical is a tale of kids from New York’s School for the Performing Arts who inspired a generation and sparked sales of untold millions of leg-warmers. The film, released in 1980, won an Academy Award and the TV show edition ran for six seasons, won numerous Emmy Awards and was broadcast in over 70 countries. The musical is produced by John Frost and directed/choreographed by Kelley Abbey.

The Musical will kick off a national tour at Melbourne’s Regent Theater on April 18. It will open in Brisbane at the Lyric Theatre QPAC on June 20 and in Sydney in early September 2010.


melissa said...

Congrats to her, and I hope the film is a hit. I have not seen it yet, but I used to love the old TV shows, when I was a kid.

betchai said...

like melissa, hope the film will be a hit leomar. i have not seen her play, maybe someday she gets her chance to play here in US.


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