Godspell, the Musical
Music Artes’ musical presentation of Godspell was simply phenomenal!
The entire production outfit and cast had rendered the Gospel of Mark in such a creative way, amid an eclectic string of lighthearted and touching scenes, the projection of relevant images as the stage’s backdrop and the captivating spurts of melodic dialogues, transmitting the life and teachings of Christ in a naturally inspiring light.
Throughout the two-hour long performance, laughter and tears had filled the theater with Dr. Anton Juan’s timely narration of the Gospel, encompassing issues that are ongoing in the world.
Here, the actors transformed into Japanese characters comically depicting the Parable of the Prodigal Son with Topper Fabregas as the father, or the clever personification of Poppet Bernadas as the taho vending Good Samaritan, or the reflective scene of an adulteress, played by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo who was condemned by sinners themselves, or the resonating bitterness of Judas, which OJ Mariano elegantly personified, and the witty portrayal of Christ by Jef Flores whose charisma clearly effectuated the story’s life-beneficial messages into the audience.
The cast’s extraordinary rendition of 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz’ musical score coincided with the storyline, whilst Ejay Yatco musically directed Godspell’s famous songs; dramatic songs as harmoniously rendered in acapela, such as “By My Side” and “Day By Day”, or powerful dialogues accompanied by rock n’ roll rifts, or synchronized musical improvisation in one of the parables.
Fulfilling the perfect impression to the story is the unique appearance of the actors, inspired by avante-garde styles from vaudeville to pop, plus the crafty stage design touched with the reality setting of chaos and despair.
This production of Godspell ultimately transcends the essence of spirituality, and is therefore a must-see by everyone.
June 24 (Friday) – 8:00PM
June 25 (Saturday) – 3:30PM, 8:00PM
June 26 (Sunday) – 3:30PM, 8:00PM
Godspell Manila is directed by Dr. Anton Juan, with musical direction by Ejay Yatco, choreography by Dexter Santos, production design by Otto Hernandez, and lighting design by John Batalla.
With engaging performances by Menchu Lauchenco-Yulo, Jef Flores (Jesus), OJ Mariano (Judas), Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Caisa Borromeo, Poppert Bernadas, Topper Fabregas, Red Concepcion, Abi Sulit, Maronne Cruz, Rhenz Gabalonzo, and Gab Pangilinan.
Godspell is brought to you by MusicArtes, Inc. by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. and Music Theatre International, assisted by Fullness of Christ International Ministries, Land Registration Systems, SMDC and Philippine Star.
For tickets, call Music Artes, Inc. at 895-8098, 519-3603, 577-1046 or email [email protected]; or Ticketworld 891-9999 or ticketworld.com.ph.