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Miss Saigon: Philippines
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:20:30 PM »
Talk about the PH version of the worldwide hit of Miss Saigon here.
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Re: Miss Saigon: PH version
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2012, 08:21:22 PM »
Karylle, Tippy Dos Santos in for Miss Saigon Call Backs

Posted on November 20, 2012 | 12:16 PM
Kapamilya singer/actress/host Karylle has made it to the call backs of "Miss Saigon" auditions. The international hit musical will have its West End revival and the four-day auditions in Manila, Philippines started Monday, November 19.


Karylle, Tippy Dos Santos in for Miss Saigon Call Backs

Talent manager Carlo Orosa posted a picture of Karylle holding her call-back slip on Facebook with the caption "We made it." Orosa's other talent from Stages, Star Magic singer-actress Tippy dos Santos, also received a call-back slip.

Related: Karylle Lands Another International Project via Singapore's 'Point of Entry'

Karylle, who is very emotional after she performed the "Miss Saigon" song I'd Give My Life For You, will return on Wednesday, November 21 with Tippy and others who have also received their call back slips to audition for specific roles and to undergo dance auditions.

Karylle and Tippy Dos Santos of Carlo Orosa's Stages get Call Back slips for Miss Saigon (Photo courtesy of Carlo Orosa)

Others who also passed for the call backs include professional theater actors Jake Macapagal, K-la Rivera, OJ Mariano, Lawrenz Martinez, and Manila-born Singaporean singer-actress Julia Abueva.

Over a thousand hopefuls enlisted for the much-awaited Manila auditions for the "Miss Saigon" revival which will run until Thursday, November 22 at the Philippine Opera Company’s headquarters in Makati. Some who auditioned were from Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The original Miss Saigon was first staged at Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London on September 20, 1989. It opened on Broadway in 1999. Filipina international-singer actress Lea Salonga originally played the lead role of Kim in "Miss Saigon."

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Re: Miss Saigon: PH version
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012, 08:21:56 PM »

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Re: Miss Saigon: PH version
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2012, 08:23:48 PM »
'Miss Saigon' returns to PH for auditions

ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 10/14/2012 1:11 PM | Updated as of 10/15/2012 10:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The hit musical “Miss Saigon,” which launched the international career of Filipino actress Lea Salonga, is gearing up for a revival in London’s West End.


Lea Salonga as Kim in the original West End production of "Miss Saigon"

And just like in 1988, when producer Cameron Mackintosh and the songwriting team of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, “discovered” Salonga in Manila, the production team is again flying to the Philippine capital to hold auditions for the lead role of Kim, the 17-year-old Vietnamese bar girl, as well as ensemble cast members.

According to the website Broadway World, the auditions will be held at the Philippine Opera Company’s headquarters Opera Haus in Makati on November 19-22.

A Facebook page has been set up to provide more details on the Manila auditions.

“‘Miss Saigon’s’ executive producer, director, choreographer, and musical director will be flying in from London to hold auditions for the restaging of the hit musical, which paved the way for Filipino talents such as Lea Salonga, Monique Wilson, and Isay Alvarez, among others to shine on the world stage,” Dong Alegre, the representative of Mackintosh in the Philippines, told Broadway World.

“Miss Saigon,” based on Giacomo Puccini’s popular opera “Madame Butterfly,” had its world premiere at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane London on September 20, 1989 with Salonga and 13 other Filipinos, including Monique Wilson, Isay Alvarez, Robert Sena, Pinky Amador, Michael Williams and Junix Inocian.

The musical about a Vietnamese prostitute who falls in love with an American solider during the fall of Saigon ran for over 4,000 in London before closing in 1999.

It opened on Broadway in 1991, also with Salonga, who won a Tony Awards for her performance. It closed in New York in 2001.

According to the “Miss Saigon” official website, the musical has been performed in 25 countries and 246 cities and has been translated into 12 different languages

‘It begins again’

In her Facebook page, Salonga couldn’t help but notice the timing of the upcoming Manila auditions.

“And so it begins again... It was in November 1988 that I auditioned for ‘Miss Saigon.’ Whose life is going to change this November 2012?” she said in a post on Facebook on Saturday.

“Who would be your bets for the West End revival of ‘Miss Saigon’? Auditions are in November,” she said in another post.

Among those mentioned by Salonga’s Facebook friends are “American Idol” Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez; Repertory Philippines’ actress Cara Barredo, who currently appears in Rep’s “The Wizard of Oz” as Dorothy; and Manila-born Singaporean Julia Abueva, who starred in a Singaporean production of “Spring Awakening” early this year.

According to Broadway World, audition requirements will be announced soon.

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Re: Miss Saigon: PH version
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2012, 08:24:47 PM »
Angeline, Ciara audition for 'Miss Saigon'

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Posted at 11/21/2012 8:18 PM | Updated as of 11/21/2012 8:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Singers Angeline Quinto and Ciara Sotto are the latest Filipino hopefuls who are hoping to land a role in the West End revival of the international hit musical “Miss Saigon.”


Kapamilya singer Angeline Quinto

Apart from Quinto and Sotto, local celebrities Arnell Ignacio, Epi Quizon and Gian Magdangal also came on the third day of auditions on Wednesday in Makati.

Quinto, who won the ABS-CBN talent search "Star Power" last year, is in the "wish list" of Dong Alegre, the Philippine representative of "Miss Saigon," along with Karylle, K-La Rivera and Rachelle Ann Go, who auditioned earlier in the week.

A known belter, Quinto is among the Kapamilya singers who regularly appear in ABS-CBN’s Sunday variety show “ASAP 2012.”

Sotto and Magdangal, meanwhile, are no strangers to theater having starred in the local production of “Rent.” Sotto also drew raves for her performance in "Sweet Charity" last year, while Magdangal received a Best Actor nomination from Philstage for his work in "Noli Me Tangere."

It was not clear, however, if they received callback slips.

Among the auditionees who got callback slips on the second day of Manila auditions are former Kapamilya singer Rachelle Ann Go, former MYX VJ K-La Rivera, Philippine Opera Ccompany talent Francesca Farr and Ernest Tomana, a Pinoy talent from Macau.

Go, Rivera, Farr and Tomana joined ABS-CBN talents Karylle and Tippy dos Santos, who both auditioned on Monday and have moved to the next round of auditions for talents for “Miss Saigon.”

Manila-born Singaporean singer-actress Julia Abueva and veteran theater actor Jake Macapagal, theater actors Lorenz Martinez, OJ Mariano, Noel Rayos, Cathy Azanza, Kyla Rivera, Cara Barredo, Topper Fabregas and Jay Pangilinan also made the short list on Monday.

As hopefuls continued to pour in until the last day of auditions on Thursday, choreographer Geoffrey Garrett said he is “so excited” to find a lot of talent in Manila. -- with a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

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Re: Miss Saigon: PH version
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2012, 08:26:05 PM »
Karylle overwhelmed by 'Miss Saigon' callback

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Posted at 11/20/2012 4:10 PM | Updated as of 11/20/2012 6:11 PM


MANILA, Philippines – Kapamilya singer Karylle feels overwhelmed that she has made it to the callbacks at the start of auditions for the West End revival of the international hit musical “Miss Saigon.”
Singer Karylle thinks portraying Kim in "Miss Saigon" is every Asian girl's dream.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Tuesday, Karylle said she felt nervous during her turn at the auditions, which she described as the longest one minute of her life.

“Nakakanerbyos but it is so overwhelming kaya nga nagulat na naiiyak ako after. I guess that’s really the feeling that you get when you do an audition. For me, it’s almost like nagra-ride ka sa roller coaster. Kahit round one pa lang iyon, it’s a big deal for me,” she said.

Asked what she thinks impressed the “Miss Saigon” director the most in her audition piece, she said: “I don’t know but there was a part where I saw na napatingin yung director so natuwa naman ako na kahit papaano, kahit hindi perfect ang pagkakanta ko, siyempre ninenerbyos din ako.”

Karylle, who sang “I’d Give My Life For You” during her tryout, said she is glad the staff of “Miss Saigon” held the auditions in the Philippines.

“Siyempre that speaks a lot about the Filipinos who have been part of the cast through the years. Nakakatuwa. 'Yung katabi ko nga galing pang Singapore and it’s nice to know na everyone’s flying in for this,” she said.

While she did not reveal which character in particular she wants to portray, Karylle said: “Siyempre, I think [being Kim] is every Asian girl’s dream role.”

Other talents who reportedly made it to the callbacks include Star Magic singer-actress Tippy dos Santos, Manila-born Singaporean singer-actress Julia Abueva and veteran theater actor Jake Macapagal.

The much-awaited Manila auditions for the “Miss Saigon” revival started on Monday and continues until Thursday, November 22 at the Philippine Opera Company’s headquarters in Makati.

According to the website BroadwayWorld.com, seen during the “Miss Saigon” registration over the weekend were theater actors K-La Rivera, Caisa Borromeo, James Stacey, Topper Fabregas, OJ Mariano, Yanah Laurel, Sitti Navarro and Josh Ramirez. - with a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

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Re: Miss Saigon: PH version
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2012, 08:27:39 PM »
Rachelle Ann Go Makes It, Too

By BHENJ AGUSTIN
November 21, 2012, 8:18am


Rachelle Ann Go was on pins and needles right before she sang during her ‘Miss Saigon’ audition (file photo from Rachelle Ann Go's Facebook account)

MANILA, Philippines—The pressure was on for singer Rachelle Ann Go when she tried out for the Philippine auditions of “Miss Saigon” on Nov 20 and like Karylle, Rita de Guzman and Tippy Dos Santos on Nov 19, the Kapuso talent also got her call-back slip from the audition masters.

“Actually nanginginig ako, ayun, pinakanta na nila agad tapos, short, short lang eh, nahihiya ako. Short lang naman ‘yung kinanta tapos, tapos ayun pinapabalik na nila. Nasa isip ko ‘Kailangan hindi ako pumiyok!’” she said in a report aired on “24 Oras.”

Some 400 people auditioned on the second day of auditions and musical supervisor Stephen Brooker is so far deeply impressed with what he’s been seeing and hearing.

“Flying off around the world seeing so very beautiful talents…this is really a good time just to search, see how work we can do and take back all the good musical and the people we found,” he said.

One of the hopefuls, Jun Ofracio, who was part of the cast of “Miss Saigon” two decades ago, wants to clinch the role of either The Engineer or Thuy.

“Actually, I’m quite happy to see them again, like Stephen Brooker and Geoffrey [Garrett, choreographer]. Every time it [“Miss Saigon”] is staged, it’s a total different thing again so the experience for me would be something different, something fresh,” Jun said.

The auditions for “Miss Saigon” will run up to Thursday at Opera House in Makati City. For those who are yet to perform before the audition masters, Stephen dispenses this advice.

“Be very, very aware of what you’re singing about. It’s not just about music---it’s about drama. And in the world of theatre, if you’re singing with no emotion, it doesn’t mean anything.”

Any role in “Miss Saigon” is coveted among Filipinos not only because it will give them the chance to perform in West End, but it was the musical that launched the country’s pride Lea Salonga into international stardom back in the late ‘80s.

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Re: Miss Saigon: Philippines
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2012, 11:32:52 PM »
Who made it till the end of 'Miss Saigon' auditions

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Posted at 11/22/2012 8:17 PM | Updated as of 11/22/2012 8:17 PM


MANILA, Philippines – At the close of the Manila auditions of the international hit musical “Miss Saigon” on Thursday, only six female hopefuls were asked to stay until the very end.

According to the official Twitter account of the website Broadway World, the six girls were asked to stay and sing more songs from the musical that launched the international career of Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga.

The auditions, which started at 10 a.m., ended at almost 7 p.m.

Among the most hyped hopefuls eyeing the lead role of Kim in the musical set during the final days of the Vietnam War, only former Kapamilya singer Rachelle Ann Go made it until the very end.

Go, who drew raves for her performance as Ariel in Atlantis Productions' "The Little Mermaid" last year, first auditioned on Tuesday and made it to the callbacks and the final audition round on Thursday at the Philippine Opera Company’s headquarters in Makati City.

The other five girls who made it until the very end were theater actresses Tanya Manalang and Apple Chiu, singer-actress Frencheska Farr, Emerald Bañares and Mary Jane Solomon.

Manalang currently stars at Tuptim in Resorts World’s production of “The King and I,” while Chiu was last seen in Atlantis Productions’ “Rock of Ages.” Farr, meanwhile, starred in the movie musical “Emir.”

Several other hopefuls were seen at the final round of auditions on Thursday, including former MYX VJ K-La Rivera, who was accompanied by “Aladdin” co-star Tom Rodriguez. However, it wasn’t clear if she failed to make the shortlist.

Also seen last Thursday were Repertory Philippines’ actress Caisa Borromeo, Manila-born Singaporean singer-actress Julia Abueva and opera singer Kelly Peralejo.

Among the male hopefuls, Broadway World reported that theater actors Lorenz Martinez, Jake Macapagal, Noel Rayos and Topper Fabregas made the final round of auditions, as well as Singaporean theater actor Hossan Leong.

Martinez currently stars as Lun Tha in Resorts World’s production of “The King and I,” while Rayos was last seen as the male lead in Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Walang Sugat.” Macapagal is best known for his performance as Angel in “Rent,” while Fabregas has appeared in many Repertory Philippines productions.

Broadway World did not say who among the male auditionees stayed until the end.

Among those who didn’t advance beyond the callbacks and into the final round were celebrities Karylle, Ciara Sotto and Angeline Quinto.

Although it was initially announced that the Manila auditions are for the revival of “Miss Saigon” in London, a sign at the audition said it is “still undetermined” when the musical will open in the West End.

“Hence, there shall be no cast announcements made during the course of this audition exercise,” the sign said.

According to Broadway World, the auditioning panel was composed of executive producer Trevor Jackson, director Laurence Connor, musical supervisor Stephen Brooker, choreographer Geoffrey Garratt and Cameron Mackintosh’s representative in the Philippines Dong Alegre.

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