There's Christian Bautista playing Rama (alternating with OJ Mariano), and then there's the alternate to Robert Sena as Ravana, Christian Rey Marbella, about whom I knew nothing until he sang Awit ng Pagsinta at the show's presscon some weeks ago, and blew everyone away with his voice.
Christian/Chuck, I found out, is based is Cebu, but has had, according to his bio, “extensive musical theater experience in Asia, Europe and the United States. He played the roles of Thuy and Engineer for Miss Saigon in the United Kingdom, and Lun Tha in The King and I. Other theater credits include Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, The Full Monty, and as Peter for the Village Theater's production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Washington, DC.”
No wonder! Listen:
Ballet Philippines' “Rama, Hari” has remaining performances today until Sunday, Dec. 9, at the CCP Main Theater, with the Manila Symphony Orchestra playing live.
For tickets and inquiries, call Ballet Philippines 5511003 or Ticketworld at 8919999. Visit www.ballet.ph or www.facebook.com/balletphilippines.