Thursday, May 23, 2013
Glee's Dan Domenech and Rachel Ann Go star in Viva Atlantis Theatricals’ Disney’s Tarzan, opening June 14
Viva Atlantis Theatricals' production of “Disney's Tarzan” opens June 14 at the Meralco Theater.
Based on the smash hit animated film and Edgar Rice Burrough's classic novel, “Disney’s Tarzan” tells the story of a baby taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas in West Africa. As Tarzan grows up, loved and cared for by his adoptive mother, Kala, he desires to gain acceptance from his father, Kerchak, as he struggles with his uniqueness.
Soon he meets Jane and their worlds are changed forever. Tarzan must decide to accept his identity and choose who his family is.
This well-loved tale of high flying jungle adventures has been reimagined for the stage with a book by David Henry Hwang and the award-winning songs of Phil Collins.
Swinging into Manila from New York is Dan Domenech, who was last seen on Broadway as Drew in “Rock of Ages.” Domenech has also appeared in the hit musical TV series “Glee.” His most recent stage triumph was playing Aladdin in “Disney's Aladdin,” and now he is more than ready to take on the role of another Disney hero as Tarzan.
“I am so psyched to be doing this show. I've just started rehearsing and already I know we have something really special. The cast is amazing. Everyone is so open and welcoming and just so wonderfully talented. Rachelle Ann Go as Jane is lovely. And what a voice she has!” says Domenech.
Rachelle Ann Go is also a TV host and actress, a multi-awarded recording artist and an in-demand performer for shows here and all over the world. Two years ago, she added theater actress to her roster of achievements when she took on the role of Ariel in Disney's “The Little Mermaid” to critical acclaim.
“I have fallen in love with Jane and how brave and adventurous she is,” says Go. “I am also so honored to be a part of this cast. I learn so much just from watching them work and being with them. I am also thrilled to be working with Dan. I was so intimidated when they told me at first that our Tarzan will be a Broadway actor, coming from New York. But it was so nice to finally meet him, sing with him and realize he is so down to earth and humble. He makes everyone around him feel comfortable.”
The Viva Atlantis Theatricals production of “Disney's Tarzan” runs June 14-July 7, 2013 at the Meralco Theater. Tickets on sale now. For details, call Viva Atlantis Theatricals 6877163 or Ticketworld 8919999.