If there’s one play that the Philippines had been waiting years to watch, it’s definitely Les Miserables. And their wish was granted as it was announced last September that the Australian revival tour would come to Manila, and that they would be bringing along the Philippines’ own Rachelle Anne Go. So overwhelming was the response, in fact, that organizers had to extend the show’s run until May 1st.
The Manila run of one of the most loved musicals in the world definitely did not disappoint. Everything from the stage (albeit a little small), the lighting, the costumes, and most especially the talented cast were all world-class, and gelled together for an amazing performance that kept our eyes glued to every scene.
Truly memorable were our own Rachelle Ann Go who played Fantine, and Esang who joined the cast as Little Cossette for the last couple of shows. Rachelle’s tear-jerking rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” was flawless, and it makes one proud to think that she’s made a name for herself worldwide, especially after award-winning West-End performances.
Esang was a relative newcomer to the cast, but she nailed her performance of “Castle on a Cloud. Spectators said that they didn't see any sign of nervousness in her considering that it was a British-dominated cast. Esang was like a pro especially in her moment with Simon Gleeson as Jean Valjean in the "Well scene."
She got her start as a Lea Salonga “mini-me,” and it looks like she’s all set to follow in Lea’s footsteps at such a young age. We’re sure we’ll hear about other world-class performances and parts from the young star in the years to come.
Les Miserables might have been extended about a month, but we sure wish it would’ve stayed a little more. One viewing wasn’t enough to capture every detail in the haunting set as well as the captivating performances.
Did you watch Les Miserables in Manila? What was your favorite part? Let us know in the comments below!
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