“WEST SIDE STORY” IS ALL SET
"West Side Story," STAGES' major musical offering in 2008, is all set to go on stage with an assembly of a strong cast headlined by Christian Bautista, Karylle, and London West End's Joanna Ampil; and a first-rate artistic team with Audie Gemora as executive producer, and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as director.
Balladeer Christian Bautista is given the role of Tony. He is tall, handsome, and has the makings of a perfect romantic leading man. Singer and actress Karylle could match Natalie Wood's film version of Maria. She is young, beautiful and sings her songs with utmost conviction. Meanwhile, the Philippines will get the rare chance to watch Joanna Ampil in her first musical theater assignment in Manila after sixteen years playing lead roles in London. Joanna has agreed to share the role of Maria with Karylle because she has long wanted to perform for her “kababayans” who cannot easily afford to go to London to watch her in a musical. Local audiences have to see why Joanna is a favorite of British producer Cameron Mackintosh. Joanna, at one time, was even handpicked by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to play Mary Magdalene in "Jesus Christ Superstar."
Gian Magdangal as Riff returns to the theater after a three-year hiatus. He is seen in the reality show "Philippine Idol" on ABC 5, and "SOP Rules" on GMA 7.
Another world-class import, Filipino Australian Rowena Vilar, who played Kim, Gigi, and Ellen in the recent Australian tour of "Miss Saigon," joins the cast of "West Side Story." Highly recommended by Leo Valdez, who played The Engineer in "Miss Saigon," Rowena will be flying in to share the role of the feisty Anita with local theater and pop artist Pam G.
"West Side Story" was first staged in Manila back in 1982 with Audie as Riff and Menchu as Maria. This Manila re-staging will precede a Broadway revival in 2009. "West Side Story" is one of the best musicals of all time with music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It is a beautiful, dramatic dance musical with many show-stopping numbers and immortal songs like "Somewhere," "Tonight," "One Hand One Heart," "America," and "Something's Coming."
STAGES' production of "West Side Story" is its third major musical production after "Footloose" in 2005 and "High School Musical On Stage" in 2007. "West Side Story" will run from September to October 2008 at the Meralco Theater.
Enjoy primary exposure in this spectacular musical event. Ad spaces for the musical’s Souvenir Program are now available. A minimum of 1,000 copies will be produced, sized 8.5 x 11 for a full page, black and white, with a 20 show exposure. For details, please contact Rachelle Diaz at email@example.com +63917 5318949.
It’s going be to a night like no other night. Come and be part of it!