From the recent Pasinaya Open House Festival at the CCP--select cast members of Atlantis Productions' forthcoming Spring Awakening perform two numbers from the musical, I Believe and The Song of Purple Summer (video below). The Manila production, to be directed by Chari Arespacochaga, will run September-October 2009.
The performers: Nicco Manalo, Marvin Ong, Robby Romero, Bea Garcia, Yanah Laurel, Ava Santos, Cherry Alba. (Not the whole cast, by the way--the musical will have three more young members joining the group, plus those playing the grown-up parts.)
The kids sound rather thin and tentative in the first song, but appear to have found their footing in The Song of Purple Summer, which already sounds warm and full-bodied at this early stage. The soloists with the soaring voices are Bea Garcia (center) and Marvin Ong (leftmost)--the latter the youngest musical actor I cited in my year-end roundup last year for his impressive work in Ateneo BlueRep's Bat Boy, The Musical. Nicco Manalo, too, was in that list, with a Best Featured Actor citation for his shape-shifting turn in the straight play Marisol.
Needless to say, the thought of witnessing a new generation of fresh and very promising talents like them fire up the stage in perhaps the most electric Broadway musical in years--you've heard the Tony-winning Duncan Sheik-Steven Sater score, haven't you?--is an exciting prospect. Ah, the bitch of livin'--September is still seven months away. Enjoy this teaser for now.
[Update: Gone too soon. Sorry, friends, the video will have to be taken down for now--copyright issues.]