Theatro NET Rio

Leased in April 2011, by cultural producers Frederick Reder and Juliana Reder, from Brainstorming Entertainment, after more than ten years of no activity, the Theatre Tereza Rachel had its renovation started in the same year and intensified in January 2012. Its architectural project was designed by José Dias, the leading expert on restoring theatres in Brazil. And it has NET as its official sponsor.

In early March 2012, the reopening of the theatre was officially publicised in the media and on social networks, also announcing its name and slogan, Theatro NET Rio - For Rio, the Terezão is now.

Forty years after its first inauguration, the theatre reopened its curtains on 4th April 2012, with guests from the artistic and business class, with the show "BIBI - Stories and Songs", in which Bibi Ferreira celebrated her 90 years of life and 70 years of career. On 7th April, it reopened for the general public.

The space has two rooms. The larger, the Tereza Rachel room, accommodates over 622 visitors and the smaller, the Paulo Pontes room, seats 100 people. The Theatro NET Rio aims to be the scene of all arts.

  • 1970s

    Located in the Shopping Cidade Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, the Tereza Rachel Theatre was inaugurated on 14th October 1971, by the actress with the same name.

    On that occasion, the singer Gal Costa debuted the "Fa-Tal – Gal a Todo Vapor" show, in a season of performances that would be recorded in the live album.

    Tereza Rachel also produced several plays in the place, such as "The Mother" by Stanislaw Witkiewicz, which earned her the Molière Award for Best Actor, and "Tango" by Slawomir Mrozek, which made the critics consider her the bravest producer of Rio de Janeiro.

    In March 1972, the album "O Canto Jovem de Luiz Gonzaga," recorded in the previous year, resulted in the show "Luiz Gonzaga Volta Pra Curtir". In the same year, Milton Nascimento, Os Mutantes and Os Novos Baianos performed there as well.

    In 1973, the musical "A Missa Leiga" was staged by Norma Suely and Eduardo Machado. And Luiz Gonzaga also presented the show "Luiz Gonzaga, o rei do baião."

    On stage of the "Terezão", as the theatre is affectionately known, various successes of Brazilian and international playwrights were presented, with emphasis on "A Streetcar Named Desire", by Tennessee Williams and staged by Tereza and by Eva Wilma in 1974, and the musical "Gota d’Água", by Chico Buarque and Paulo Pontes, starred by Bibi Ferreira in 1975.

    The irreverence and boldness were also present on stage with the dancers and actors of Dzi Croquettes like androgynous beings.

    Still in this decade, the shows "The Seagull," "Os Melhores Anos de Nossas Vidas", "Mais Quero um Asno Que Me Carregue que um Cavalo que Me Derrube" and "O Santo Inquérito". In addition to musical performances by Caetano Veloso, Turíbio Santos, Rita Lee, Wanderléa, Banda Vimana (formed by Lobão, Luiz Simas, Lulu Santos and Fernando Gama), Alceus Valença with the show "Vou Danado Pra Catende!", Raul Seixas, Belchior, Fagner, Ivan Lins and Pepeu Gomes.

  • 1980s

    In the beginning of the 1980s, the band MP4 organises a concert to release the album "Vira Virou".

    In 1982, the theater was temporarily closed for renovation, and reopened a year later with the show "Chico Set", with Chico Anysio.

    In 1984, the show "Brincando Em Cima Daquilo", directed by Marilia Pera was presented.

    In 1985, the Paulo Pontes room is inaugurated. In the same year, the musical "A Chorus Line", by Michael Bennett, marks the debut of Claudia Raia as an actor on the stages at the age of 16.

    In the second half of this decade, there were shows such as: "School for Wives", directed by Roberto Lages Blat, and "Little Shop of Horrors" with Claudia Raia, Eduardo Dusek, Stella Miranda, Osmar Prado, Tim Rescala and great cast directed by Wolf Maya.

  • 1990s

    In 1990, Juca de Oliveira wrote and starred the play "Meno Male", next to Tereza Rachel. Diogo Vilela also presented the show "Solidão, a Comédia".

    In 1991, Paulo Gracindo acted and signed the direction and production of "On Golden Pond". In the following year, "Robin Hood", the first professional play of actor Eduardo Moscovis, was presented. The cast also included Alice Borges and Marcello Caridade.

    In 1992, Marilia Pêra presented the show "Prima Donna". In 1993, Célia Helena enacted "Eternal Bonds".

    In 1996, in order to celebrate Terezão’s 25th anniversary, with over 340 arts events and more than 5 million visitors throughout this period, the "Brasileiro, Profissão Esperança" and "Oh! Calcutta" shows were presented.

    The following year, the Title of Honorary Benefactor of the State of Rio de Janeiro was awarded to the actor Tereza Rachel, due to her work as an actress and cultural producer.

    At the end of the decade, the theatre closed its doors and ended its activities.

    The Terezão became nationally known as a temple of the modern Brazilian popular music and the performing arts. Throughout its history, other successful shows were staged: "The Visit of the Old Lady", "O Pagador de Promessas", "Stay Alive", "Fulaninha" and "Dona Coisa", "Arena Canta Zumbi", "Senora Carrar’s Rifles","Dreams of a Summer Night" and "Rock Horror Show", besides those already mentioned.

  • 2000s

    Other groups and established artists that also helped write this story: Gonzaguinha, Amelia, Sivuca, Paulinho da Viola, Carmen Costa, Zizi Possi, Baby do Brasil, Nelson Cavaquinho, Eduardo Dusek, Marlene, Zé Ramalho, Elza Soares, Jackson do Pandeiro, Ademilde Fonseca, Erasmus Carlos Geraldo Azevedo, Clara Nunes, Fafá de Belém and Adoniram Barbosa. Besides actors such as: Elza Gomes, Dina Sfat, Aracy Balabanian, Gloria Menezes, Sonia Oiticica, Renata Sorrah, Gracindo Jr., Jorge Doria, Grande Otelo, Luis Gustavo, Sebastião Vasconcelos, Renato Borghi, Milton Gonçalves, among others.

    Between 2001 and 2008, the theatre was leased to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, for their religious preaching. In 2004, it was listed by the City of Rio de Janeiro.

    Between 2008 and 2011, it was used by directors and theatrical producers Charles Moeller and Cláudio Botelho as a rehearsal venue and for casting to the musical theatre plays produced by the duo, like: "The Sound of Music", "Spring Awakening", "Gypsy", "Hair”, "Fiddler on the Roof" and "The Witches of Eastwick".

  • 2010

    In April 2011, it was leased by cultural producers and Frederick Reder and Juliana Reder. In the same year its restoration began, and the seats were removed, as well as the structure that supported them.

  • 2012

    The construction works were intensified in January.

    The inauguration was on 4th April, with a special performance for guests, and on 7th April for the general public, with the show “BIBI – Histórias e Canções”, with Bibi Ferreira and orchestra, in which the actor-singer celebrates her 90 years of life and remembers her 70 years of career.

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