(Please note date and venue change: "Avenue Q" now opens September 7 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, not at the Meralco Theater as was earlier announced.)
Having seen the show in New York, Rachel is excited to join the "Avenue Q" cast. As she was not in the country during the Manila auditions, she sent her audition video via YouTube and was thrilled to find out she would be playing the dual lead roles of Kate Monster and Lucy The Slut.
"I fell in love with 'Avenue Q' when I saw it on Broadway. It's hard not to love! It made me laugh so much my cheeks hurt! I am so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful musical in Manila," she says.
Rachel, who was last seen onstage as Mimi in "Rent" in Singapore and Manila, will undergo intensive puppetry workshops with the rest of the cast prior to rehearsals.
Described as a cross between "Sesame Street" and "Rent" and performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets(!), "Avenue Q" was the winner of the 2004 Tony Awards for Best New Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. It has become known as "the musical for the iPod generation" and continues to run on Broadway and in London’s West End to SRO crowds.
"Avenue Q" will be directed by Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga. For show-buying and ticket information, call Atlantis Productions 8927078.