Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Rachel Alejandro in 'Avenue Q'-Manila

Pop singer Rachel Alejandro joins the cast of Atlantis Productions’ staging of the hit Tony Award -winning Broadway musical "Avenue Q," which opens at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati on September 7, 2007.

(Please note date and venue change: "Avenue Q" now opens September 7 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, not at the Meralco Theater as was earlier announced.)

Having seen the show in New York, Rachel is excited to join the "Avenue Q" cast. As she was not in the country during the Manila auditions, she sent her audition video via YouTube and was thrilled to find out she would be playing the dual lead roles of Kate Monster and Lucy The Slut.

"I fell in love with 'Avenue Q' when I saw it on Broadway. It's hard not to love! It made me laugh so much my cheeks hurt! I am so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful musical in Manila," she says.

Rachel, who was last seen onstage as Mimi in "Rent" in Singapore and Manila, will undergo intensive puppetry workshops with the rest of the cast prior to rehearsals.

Described as a cross between "Sesame Street" and "Rent" and performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets(!), "Avenue Q" was the winner of the 2004 Tony Awards for Best New Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. It has become known as "the musical for the iPod generation" and continues to run on Broadway and in London’s West End to SRO crowds.

"Avenue Q" will be directed by Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga. For show-buying and ticket information, call Atlantis Productions 8927078.


Coffee fairy said...

I wish I had seen Rent here in Singapore and watched Rachel.
My Pinoy friends and I have been discussing about Avenue Q showing in Manila when we heard about it a month ago and we are all interested to see it. Thanks for the update about this. :)

Anonymous said...

I found her audition videos:

They were really fun to watch!

missP said...

she's great!!! i found her audition piece in you tube, and i couldn't help but be proud of another very talented and beautiful Pinoy.

gibbs cadiz said...

hey COFFEE FAIRY, i hope you do get to watch avenue Q. :)

ANONYMOUS, whoever you are, thank you for the links! good job! :)

hi MISSP, glad you're here! i agree, rachel did a fine audition job with her youtube videos, especially FINE, FINE, FINE. i'll share them with everyone here soon. :)

Anonymous said...

rachel did a nice job on her audition. however, aside from singing prowess, any actor participating in the musical must hone his/her puppeteering skills and learn how to shift voices from one line to another (as he/she will be playing multiple roles) in order for the show to work. oh, and i hope they do find someone as funny and brilliant as ann harada to play christmas eve =)

- jp

Gypsy said...

Wow, sounds very interesting! Wish it was at Meralco though...layo ng RCBC sa akin...

huami said...

Rachel is really a good singer. Claro ng boses.

It's a good thing that venue has been moved to RCBC. I think a smaller venue is better for this type of musical.:)

Frenchie Dy will play as Christmas Eve.

Leah said...

I'd hire her too just by watching that video. She's really good. i didn't know she's doing broadway musicals already. I would love to see her one day.

btw, i've added you in my links as well.

Lobster Tony said...

Ooo, I've been excited about catching this here in Manila when I first heard about it a month back. Now knowing that Rachel is going to sing be sing Kate Monster (the internet is for porn! woohoo!), its icing on the cake. :D

*First time I heard about the change in date though.

gibbs cadiz said...

hey JP, yeah, let's hope rachel is able to complement that terrific voice with competent acting. i've seen her twice in a musical--larawan and rent. wasn't very convinced with her performance as mimi in rent, but she was a revelation as paula in larawan, her glistening alto a fine counterpoint to the ageless celeste legaspi's soprano. so i have high hopes that she will do good here. :)

hey GYPSY, glad to see you back! hehe, kaya natin ang rcbc theater, everything for a good show! see ya? :)

HUAMI, i agree! meralco was just too big, and i was worried that something might get lost in that vastness. i have a different problem with rcbc theater: acoustics. i hope they've fixed it na. :)

hey LEAH, thanks for the link! yep, rachel has done quite a number of musicals--rent, larawan, alikabok, etc. didn't get to see alikabok, but i have the soundtrack and she sounds lovely in it. i'll post clips here soon. :)

hey B, welcome to the site! let's watch the show together! (take note of the new date!) musta na upcoming biz mo? :)

jher said...

gibbs - i do not doubt rachel's vocal skills, as well as that of aiza and frency. im just iffy about their performances as puppets. i have not watched avenue q but i have the soundtrack, ive seen rachel's rendition of fine fine line but while she's good, she has to sound like a puppet too right? i hope they'll do justice to the role. :-)

jher said...

oooopppss. sorry. i mean frenchie not frency. stooopid. :-P

gibbs cadiz said...

hi JHER, they're supposed to undergo intense training on how to handle puppets and sound like puppets. let's cross our fingers that the preparations will bear good fruit. :)

Anonymous said...

i watched the RCBC run last Sunday and i'm soooo glad i did. Aiza Seguerra and Rachel Alejandro were my favorite performances in Avenue Q - galeng!

and im never seeing muppets in the same way again. hahaha.

irene said...

oh gibbsy baby, thanks for the ticket. =D keri lang even if i watched it alone since shows are soldout till next week and tickets are quite hard to come by.

didn't know rachel could be such a convincing performer. aiza's words needs more clarity, but she'll always have that child-star cuteness intact. and the "intensive puppeteering lessons" proved well.

i was thinking, though, that maybe a separate, "more slutty" actor should have assumed LUCY T. SLUT's role? i was quite distracted whenever rachel shift to lucy from kate and vice-versa.

i LOVE the good idea bears, though. wheeeeeee!

ps: gawa ka na ng review. =D

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