Timomatic to star in 'Rent'.

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Tim Omaji. Photo: Daniel Boud
Tim Omaji. Photo: Daniel Boud

Tim Omaji, popularly known as Timomatic, and Robert Tripolino will join previously announced cast Callum Francis (Kinky Boots) and Seann Miley Moore (UK X Factor) in the brand new Australian production of Rent, which is being presented at the Sydney Opera House from December 27, 2020, to January 31, 2021.

Tim Omaji, who will play the charming Benny, rose to fame as a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Australia’s Got Talent. As Timomatic he’s a four-time platinum recording artist signed to Sony Music. He will be appearing in the Netflix/NBC Universal television series Clickbait and the feature film Ruby’s Choice, alongside Jane Seymour.

Robert Tripolino has an extensive career on the stage and screen including playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican Centre, Aladdin (Live Performance Recording for The Walt Disney Company), Holding The Man and Upper Middle Bogan. He will play struggling musician, Roger.

Other principal cast members set to star in the legendary rock musical include Mia Morrissey (In Your Dreams and Home and Away) in the role of exotic dancer Mimi, and Helpmann Award-winning Mat Verevis (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) will play the narrator, Mark. The confident performance artist Maureen will be played by Monique Salle (A Chorus Line, MAMMA MIA! the Musical and the 50th anniversary tour of HAIR the Musical) and Elenoa Rokobaro (High School Musical on Stage, Fame and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby) will play Ivy league educated lawyer, Joanne.

The ensemble cast includes Henry Brett, Jarrod Draper, Kieran McGrath, Marissa Saroca, Angelina Thomson and Stacey Thomsett.

Rent is  loosely based on the Puccini opera, La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan's East Village in the thriving days of bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

This production is directed by the award-winning Shaun Rennie with musical direction by Andrew Worboys and choreography by Luca Dinardo, who is also in the cast of the 2021 Hamilton.

The main ensemble of 'Rent'. Photo: Daniel Boud
The main ensemble of 'Rent'. Photo: Daniel Boud

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