Vince De Jesus is the kind of talent who justifies the existence of hyphens in the English language: actor-director-playwright-teacher-singer-musician-etc, and with several citations to his name.
He also happens to be a very funny guy. Five minutes into our pre-podcast chat with him at Starbucks and the mind responsible for "Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah" and "Himala, the musical," among others, already had us in stitches with his story of how Eula Valdes became Zaturnnah.
"Tinawagan ko yan to consider the role, tapos ang sabi niya sa akin, 'Ako, dramatic actress, magmo-musical comedy?' Pero napapayag ko mag-show up sa reading. First reading namin, ang gaga, nakakatawa ang mga linya pero ang reading niya, dramatic, poised! Siniko ko siya, sabi ko, 'Hoy ate, comedy ito, babaeng bakla ka sa play, naka-red hair ka!' Sabi niya, 'Ay, asan?' Pinakita ko comics ni Carlo [Vergara]. 'Aay, ako ba 'yan?!' Ayun, sa huli naging balahura din!"
And his playing the lead role of Ada (alternating with Tuxqs Rutaquio) in the musical's fifth run that's set to open June 15, Friday, at the RCBC Theater, Makati:
"Sabi ko kay Tuxqs, he will always be Lea Salonga. And I will always be... Caselyn Francisco!"
These two nuggets aren't in the latest podcast that Migs, McVie and I did, because, with Starbucks too noisy, we did the recording in the cavernous and quiet Silangan Hall of CCP. But what's in the podcast is even more hilarious--Vince spilling the beans on how he came up with the Zaturnnah score, his struggles as a theater artist, getting bamboozled by certain show-biz people, working with Mother Lily, how he snagged his bebe, and so much more.
Part 1 is here, part 2 here. Don't laugh too hard, baka kabagin kayo.
Update: Since Migs' site is having intermittent technical problems (due to extremely high traffic!), McVie and I are guest-hosting for now Part 2 of this podcast, here:
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