RENT Press Roundup

What are the press and the blogosphere saying about Naomi and RENT?

Examiner.com – ‘RENT’ rocks at The 5th Avenue Theatre

…if you have to boil it down to one reason to buy a ticket, here it is. They call her, they call her Mimi. Actress Naomi Morgan is a knock out. She’s angry, she’s tenacious, and she’s tiny and lithe. The fire in her eyes hits the back wall. She attacks songs rather than just sings them, and wins. When she speaks and moves, you get the feeling that if she were to ever let out what was inside, there wouldn’t be signs big enough or lights bright enough. Her romantic yo-yoing with Aaron C. Finley as “Roger” (who is also wonderful, especially during his gripping “One Song Glory”) threatens to overshadow the other relationships at play. It’s strange to feel relief when both pull out their AZT, yet their chemistry is so visceral, you can’t help but guiltily rejoice.
Good Life Northwest – AIDS, Anarchy, and Survival — A Review of “RENT” at The 5th Avenue Theatre
Those strong young voices met the demands of the score, generally speaking, and with exceptional power and poignancy in some cases. In both singing and acting, Aaron C. Finley, as Roger Davis, and Naomi Morgan, as Mimi Márquez excelled, especially on Davis’ One Song Glory and their shared performances on Light My Candle and Without You.
The Seattle Times – ‘Rent’: Young, robust cast sells ‘Rent’ revival
The 5th Avenue has the robust singers needed to sell this score, led by the power-voiced Morgan, Finley and Benedict.

“My life sucked until I did theater” Interview with CultureMob

Naomi Morgan is stepping into the biggest role of her life this month as Mimi, the lead role in the heart-tugging musical, Rent, opening July 26th at 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. But getting there has meant a lifetime of struggle and heart-ache of her own. Naomi is a triumphant young woman who is making the most of life after being born into some of the most difficult circumstances our country sometimes provides.

Read more at CultureMob.com.

“Ready To Be Loved” New Voices 10

“Ready To Be Loved” from EDGES (NV7)
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Produced by CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS
Presented by ACT’s Central Heating Lab

The New Voices 10 Band is:
R.J. Tancioco – Music Director and Piano
Justin Huertas – Cello
Alicia Rinehart – Viola
Kristina Corbitt – Violin
Michael Muir – Guitar
John Van Zanten – Bass
James Pingenot – Percussion

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS
Brandon Ivie – Artistic Director
Robert J. Aguilar – Managing Director
Danielle Franich – Production Manager

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