The 8th longest running musical in Broadway history is alive and well in Tennessee this month. On October 1, ‘Rent’ opened in the Boiler Room Theatre at the Factory in Franklin, and will continue through October 31. As always, the Boiler Room Theatre has filled the cast with great singers and thespians, and this month casts Laura Matula as Mimi in Rent. Laura’s performance is riveting and soul stirring, and one you won’t want to miss. She is truly a star on the rise.
Laura began piano lessons in the Philippines at the age of four, and trained throughout her life under great piano and flute teachers in the Philippines, Germany and Russia. After winning competitions in Finland and Germany, she was awarded a vocal scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied music business/management and vocal performance for four years. In Boston, she met and married her husband, Anthony Matula, who is a great drummer and amazing graphic designer. Together, they decided to move to Nashville, and after bringing a beautiful daughter into the world, they began their careers in music city.
Since moving to Nashville, Laura has performed on stage in The Wiz, The Great American Trailer Park, and in Evita as Eva Peron. Music is her life-long love and she pours her life into the music business in Nashville five days a week. She had the privilege of playing the piano in the James Bond theme song for Quantum of Solace, has written over 40 songs, and is in the process of making her own album, entitled ‘Crazy Love’. You can check out her music on ‘MySpace music Laura Matula’. Last Spring, she directed ‘The Blind Tiger Dames’ show at the Belcourt Theater, and is planning for another BTD extravaganza in a few months.
Laura is clearly a Nashville star on the rise, multitasking in the music and theater worlds. You won’t want to miss her heart moving performance in Rent at the Boiler Room Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee, this month. You can order your tickets online at: boilerroomtheatre.com or call 615-794-7744. Hurry, while tickets are still available, and don’t forget to bring your handkerchief.