#TheaterPH - Two Filipino Stars Join the International Touring Cast for the Manila Season

Karylle Tatlonghari who is taking on the role of Baroness Elsa von Schraeder; the beautiful, cosmopolitan woman who has her eyes set firmly on the Captain.  Markki Stroem will be playing the handsome Rolf, the delivery boy who has his eyes on the beautiful Liesl in “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Karylle and Markki into the company.” says producer Marc Routh, “Having done many shows in Manila over the years with stars like Lea Salonga in Cinderella, Filipinos are known around the world over for their spectacular talents - so we when the opportunity for us to cast two roles out of the Philippines, how could we say no?” he continues, “...we are so excited to see them both step into these iconic roles. We have so much confidence in their abilities as performers and we are really looking forward for Filipino audiences to come and see them on stage.”

“When I found out that I got in, I started tearing up in front of my colleagues at the radio station - Tears of joy!… One of my greatest dreams is manifesting in front of my eyes. I am so excited to learn and grow from the International touring cast”, shares Markki. “My love of musicals began when I watched the movie Sound of Music as a 4 year old, it was aspirational, I memorized all of the songs and dreamed of one day being part of this wonderful classic. “

Karylle and Markki will begin rehearsals in Manila over the next couple of weeks, and will be joined by the rest of the touring company at the end of the month. 

“Imagine how I feel right now, I cannot contain my excitement.” Karylle says when asked about how she feels  “I guess when a childhood memory becomes a reality, you are transported back to that time when you first fell in love with musicals -  this is the moment when my childhood dreams and reality meet… in the most Bongga way!”

“I’ll be performing with Markki Stroem who I feel is equally thrilled. We’ve been planning our jogs around Circuit Makati to be in tiptop shape. And of course, the international touring cast, a first for me. I feel so good about it especially seeing the excitement of everyone who is excited to experience The Sound of Music to keep that child in them happy.”

Karylle and Markki will be joining Touring company members Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer, Trevor Martin as Captain von Trapp, and Lauren Kidwell as Mother Abbess, and Lauren O’Brien as Liesl. The Von Trapp children starring in the musical will join the company for the first time during the Manila production. 

To enable more Filipinos to enjoy this highly acclaimed production, starting February 15, BPI credit cardholders can get up to 15% off on tickets to Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday evening performances. The following discounts apply for every card variant: 15% discount for BPI Visa Signature Card; 10% discount for BPI Platinum Rewards Mastercard and BPI Amore Platinum Cashback Card; and 5% discount for BPI eCredit Mastercard, BPI Blue Mastercard, Petron-BPI Mastercard, BPI Edge Mastercard,  BPI Amore Cashback Card,  BPI Gold Mastercard, and  BPI Corporate Mastercard. These offers are valid until March 6, 2023.

“BPI is supportive of the arts and its many forms. Not only does it give immediate gratification for the senses, but it also enhances our relationships with ourselves and with our loved ones. The availability of these offers to our clients is one way of rewarding them,” said Jenny Lacerna, BPI’s Head of Unsecured Lending and Cards Sales and Products. 

Tickets are available online at ticketworld.com.ph and TicketWorld outlets.

The international tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, is presented by Broadway International Group, Broadway Asia, AMA Group of Companies, in association with GMG Productions. 

The Sound of Music will be arriving soon in Manila from March 7th to March 26th 2023. The brand new international production is set to be staged at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater in Circuit Makati.  The Manila season is supported by BPI, Seda Residences Makati and Ayala Malls. 

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