Lauren Novero or Arnold Reyes? The hunk or the heartthrob?
The two actors, together with newbie Janvier Daily (what a hottie!), are once again reprising their roles as Dodong in the triumphant musical "Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah," now on its fifth (and possibly last) run at the RCBC Theater in Makati starting this Friday, June 15.
If Arnold strikes you as a familiar face, that's because he's starred in numerous TV commercials, while also gaining considerable experience as an actor in both musicals and straight plays. He's played the lead in "St. Louis Loves Dem Filipinos," "Noli Mi Tangere," the modern zarzuela "Hibik at Himagsik nina Victoria Laktaw," among others. He was Hamlet in the Filipino version of the Shakespeare classic directed by Tony Mabesa for Dulaang UP, and this year he did his first English play as the Gentleman Caller in Tanghalang Ateneo's "The Glass Menagerie," where he shared scenes with acting luminary Laurice Guillen.
Lauren, on the other hand, started out as a model and sexy actor before he surprised moviegoers with a fine turn as Ricky Davao's lout of a lover in the indie film "Mga Pusang Gala," which also headlined the fabulous Irma Adlawan. The guy proved there was more to him than being the object of beefcake fantasies. He could act. And not only could he act, "Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah" proved he could also sing and do live musical theater.
So which one would you want to catch onstage? The charming, puppy-sweet Dodong or the brawny, laconic one?
To make the choosing easier, listen first to their respective recordings of Dodong's song, "Ikaw ang Superhero ng Buhay Ko." Arnold's version is in the commercially released cast album; Lauren's is the rarer clip because it was part of a very limited-edition "Zaturnnah" CD featuring the alternate cast that sold out during the first run.
So candidates, whom would you choose as your Dodong and why? [Cue music: children's choir singing "You Are My Star"]
PLUS: Did I mention that there's a third Dodong? Yes, upcoming model/actor Janvier Daily, who has no recording of this song, unfortunately. But here's a pic of him, courtesy of his good friend Migs (hmpt!). Ain't he a dish?
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