If you enjoyed Shrek, then you should catch Shrek The Musical in Manila. This musical play is based on DreamWorks’ animated film which was shown on Broadway and the West End. The main cast of the Manila production are Rycharde Everley (Shrek), Shiela Valderrama-Martinez (Princess Fiona), Nyoy Volante (Donkey) and Jett Pangan (Lord Farquaad). I had a chance to interview each of them during an intimate presscon which made me more excited to watch the musical.
Based in London, Rycharde Everley sent a video to audition for the role of Shrek. The actor is no stranger to the Philippine stage as he has done several plays with Atlantis Production. Meanwhile, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez is one of the Filipino performers in HongKong Disneyland and also performed opposite Leo Valdez for The King and I. Acoustic singer-songwriter Nyoy Volante, who was first a stage actor before being discovered for his music, shared that his character is the real him, funny, loud and “makulit.” Rock singer and also a thespian Jett Pangan shared how physically challenging his role is as Lord Farquaad.
Unanimously, the cast shared that they’re having fun working with each other during the rehearsal. I was surprised that it only took them about a month to rehearse for Shrek The Musical. Having been involved in musical plays myself, I know how grueling it can be. They’ll be dancing and singing, and that’s not easy to do. But their enthusiasm with the musical is enough indication that they’re ready for the show.
Directed by Bobby Garcia, Shrek The Musical will run from Sept 19 to Oct 11, every Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Meralco Theatre. I’m looking forward to watch it. Don’t fail to catch the Manila production and spend an enjoyable evening with a green ogre, his princess, and the rest of the gang. Call TicketWorld for tickets at 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.