Manila, Philippines – Last June 17, I was invited to watch the theatre play Godspell, presented by MusicArtes Incorporated in C.P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Conceived and originally produced by John Michael Tebelak, Music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, concept and direction by Dr. Anton Juan.
Jeff Flores played as “Jesus” who is the main actor of the theatre play together with OJ Mariano, which plays “John the Baptist,” and “Judas.” Together with the cast are the following veteran actors: Menchu Lauchenco-Yulo, Caisa Borromeo, Red Conception, Sheila Valderama-Martinez, Topper Fabregas, Abi Sulit, Poppert Bernadas, Maronne Cruz, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, and Gab Pangilinan.
The first part of the play composed of many surprises. The introduction seems to be an unusual one as the actors opens it with a casual conversation that it seems like they are just having a rehearsal. The transition from the introduction to the main story is very good as the company sang “Tower of Babel” in the prologue. It is not very surprising that the actors/actress are vocally talented (since it is a musical play) but what surprise me the most is how talented they are as they excellently tell the story in harmony of their acting skills. There is part of the play that requires audience participation, as they invite little children to join them in some “Guessing” games.
The stage design seems to be very odd for a very sacred story of Jesus but I think the creative side of the recycled dump can be reaching hand that Jesus can be relevant in every location most specially in that kind of environment.
The stage light and sound of the play are the best, it gives more flavour to the story. The musical band creates the familiar churchy sound of each of the story. Also, it can immediately transform the mood of the scenario into a new one.
In conclusion, Godspell is one of a kind musical play, it a combination of all balances but the performance of each member is superb. I would like to recommend everyone to watch it and be reminded about the story of Jesus Christ.
Theater review and Photos by Tony Yson
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