To be honest with you, I am not aware that a material (Godspell) like this exists until I see familiar faces from the Philippine theater scene rehearsing for it.
Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz based on a book written by John Michael Tebelak. This musical is composed of series of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew and some accounts from Gospel of Luke. Originally, Godspell is just a master thesis of the playwright, John.
|Caisa Borromeo on her spotlight.|
For its Manila run, MusicArtes Inc. bring this back to life as their first ever Broadway rock opera production. Directed by Dr. Anton Juan, each character shines as the story moves from one parable to another.
I am giving you 3 MAJOR reasons on why you shouldn't miss Godspell Manila!
1. All Star Cast
Jef Flores, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, OJ Mariano, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Caisa Borromeo, Poppert Bernadas, Topper Fabregas, Red Concepcion, Abi Sulit, Maronne Cruz, Rhenz Gabalonzo, and Gab Pangilinan. Need I say more? These bunch of talented world class actors are all set to perform in front of thousands of audience who wanted to be entertained and at the same time be reminded of Christ's teachings. I don't know if you know each one of them but try to google their names and you'll discover that they starred in most of the major theater productions in the country. Also, they are award winning from their own fields.
2. Powerful vocals
|OJ Mariano and the rest of Godspell Manila cast.|
This musical, apart from awesome choreography done by Dexter Martinez Santos and musical direction of Ejay Yatco, Godspell Manila, will surely rock you out of your seats as you sing along with songs belted out, praising Jesus. Each character has been given a moment to shine and you'll surely remain in awe after the whole show. While watching it, all I can say is ,"I am so proud to be a Filipino as these awesome folks proved how talented we are as a nation". I was really surprised with Abi Sulit and Maronne Cruz' spotlight. It's my first time to watch them perform in a musical. Also, Jef Flores done a magnificent job portraying the role of Jesus as he shows all of his sides in this material.
|Maronne Cruz on her spotlight.|
3. It's a locally produced play!
MusicArtes, Inc. is a privately held production company formed in 2007 by a group of entrepreneurial artists and businessmen, who share a common passion for music and the arts. Now on its fifth year, it remains dedicated to creating artistic and versatile shows of quality and variety, with special focus on the classics.
|ready for the battle|
Its wide repertoire includes: musical dramas, concerts, voice and dance workshops and recitals, special concept shows for corporate events, as well as mall and holiday festivities open to the community.
This production is strengthen with the geniuses coming from different fields. As always, John Batalla made an incredible jod for the Lighting Design, Otto Hernandez for Production Design and Jethro Joaquin for Sound Engineering.
There are still shows this week: 8pm for June 24, 3:30pm and 8pm show for June 25 and 3:30pm for June 26. For more details, you may visit http://www.musicartesinc.com.ph/.
|Maronne Cruz and Abi Sulit!|
|Jef Flores, Gab Pangilinan, Topper Fabregas and Shiella valderrama Martinez|
I had an awesome time watching this material!
What are you waiting for? Grab your tickets now and get ready to have an awesome journey in this powerful and remarkable retelling of parables of Jesus. See you at the theater!
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