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18 May 2017 Comments (0) Views: 168 FilipinARTS

The ‘Palatable’ Parables in ‘Godspell’ is a Must Experience for Theatergoers

After last year’s staging of the musical by multi-awarded Steven Schwartz titled ‘Godspell’ (of the same creators of Wicked), it returned on Manila stage last May 6 and will have a last stretch of its run on the 19th till the 21st at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza—with Jef Flores reprising his role as Jesus. Thus, the Dr. Anton Juan-helmed production is indeed a ‘palatable’ take of the parables of the Holy Scriptures presented by MUSICARTES, Inc.

Lauchengco-Yulo and Flores are back in ‘Godspell’. Photograph by Paolo Ruiz.

Flores mentioned that the show is a bit shorter by 15 minutes as opposed to its previous run. The pacing this time is fun but a bit tiring, he added.

Ironically, the audience may see him as a perfect fit to assume the character of Jesus, but at first, Jef thought of it as a walk-on role, “In the beginning I would have never expected that anyone would take me on as a lead.

Flores in one of his scenes in ‘Godspell’. Photograph courtesy of Paolo Ruiz.

“And so when they were like ‘we want you to be Jesus’—I assumed it was a supporting role. But the work is harrowing. The final act of the show is tough. I try not to think about it too much.

“Easily the most difficult role I’ve ever done.”

He is joined by an eclectic theater artists like—Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Topper Fabregas, Caisa Borromeo, Poppert Bernadas, Abi Sulit, Maronne Cruz, and Rhenwyn Gabalonzo. Also in the cast are Myke Salomon of PETA’s ‘Rak of Aegis’ and Lorenz Martinez who played the engineer in ‘Miss Saigon’ in Netherlands.

Salomon joins the re-run cast. Photograph courtesy of Paolo Ruiz.

Martinez is also a new addition to the show. Photograph courtesy of Paolo Ruiz.

‘Godspell’ is a powerful retelling of the parables of Jesus Christ through music, movement, fun and theatrical poetry musical direction by Ejay Yatco, lights design by John Batalla, production design by Otto Hernandez and choreography by Dexter Santos.

It is supported by RGV Real Estate Center & SJG Mirror Theatre Studio, with media partners Philippine Star, Click the City, Travel Life, Art Plus, What’s Happening.com and Crossover; and with the special permission from Samuel French Ltd. and Music Theatre International.

To purchase tickets contact Musicartes at (632)  8958098; 5771046; or at +639175378313. Tickets are also available via Ticketworld or call (632) 8919999.

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