Karylle to play the lead in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

by Rizza Benedicto
Apr 26, 2013
"This has always been one of my dream roles,” says Karylle after she was introduced as the newest Cinderella. This musical play will be staged at Resorts World Manila.

“Everyone is a fan of the princesses and I think dadaan ka din dun sa panahon na naging dalaga ka na ayaw mo na maging princess, so dumaan din ako sa ganun and I think recently ko na lang din talaga na-accept na ang tingin ko pala sa sarili ko bilang isang babae ay prinsesa,” says Karylle when she was introduced as Cinderella, the lead in the newest musical play in Resorts World Manila.

Karylle was topbill the new version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. In an interview with Karylle last April 23 at the Maxims Hotel Terrace, the actress said that it surreal being chosen as the lead.

FULFILLS DREAM OF BEING A PRINCESS. For Karylle, protraying the role of a princess is a dream come true.

“This has always been one of my dream roles,” says Karylle.

She narrated how much of a fan she is of Cinderella, “I remember watching Ms. Lea Salonga again in the CCP main theater.

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“Mag-isa ako noon kasi ang mahal ng ticket sabi ko nandun ako sa box sa very back.

“I went on my own and I really loved the musical.

“Tapos after, I actually have her autograph.

“Up to now nakasabit lang siya sa Centerstage sa Tomas Morato.”

Cinderella is considered a timeless fairy tale. How will they differentiate this version from other movies and other plays?

“I am actually excited about the ideas I’ve heard,” revealed Karylle.

She continued, “Pero siyempre isisikreto muna namin yun for now.

“Pero this is an updated verison because they are going to...Paano ba i-describe without telling too much?” she said excitedly.

“By making it more modern in ways that would really make it memorable for everyone.”

WORKING WITH CHRISTIAN. Karylle and Christian Bautista have a long history of working together with each other. Why do they think producers often pick them to be paired in these kinds of projects?

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Karylle explained, “It’s been years actually since we’ve been together on stage.

“Of course we did Rama Hari pero it is more of a dance and a ballet musical but this time we are doing a full musical.

“Matagal ko na ‘tong inaantay and I’m sure marami na dito yung mga nakasama naming na nag abang at inaantay talaga ‘tong moment na ‘to.

“But really I am looking forward to sing and be on stage again.

“Before naman this we had Kitchen Musical and Rama Hari so kahit papano seeing Christian dance ballet…

“This time I am excited what new thing am I going to discover about Christian.”

Does Karylle feel pressured since previous plays in Resorts World Manila--such as Sound of Music and The King and I--were well received by the public?

“I think it’s a happy time for Philippine theater,” says Karylle.

“There are so many plays opening every month that I personally try to watch but hindi ko naka-catch lahat ng plays sa sobrang dami ngayon.

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“So I think right now the focus is on how could the theater scene evolve.

“Yun na lang talaga iniisip ko na kahit papaano lahat may trabaho and umuusbong yung art scene.

How does she feel to be part of a play on a grandiose stage?

“Siyempre hindi ako makapaniwala kasi this is one of the biggest things I’ve done in a long time na: Cinderella.”

She adds, Siyempre everybody knows who Cinderella is and of course just to work with Christian once again is something I feel comfortable with.

“It’s something I know I can excel in kasi when we’re together.

“Alam mo yung feeling na kayang kaya mo mapalipad ang kasama mo dahil kilalang kilala mo.

“So that’s the exciting part there and siyempre madaming mga secret plans sila para pahgandahin talaga yun play.

“It is truly magical para sa mga kabataan, para sa lahat, for people of all ages to be brought back to your childhood and to be back on that fairy tale again.”

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Cinderella’s tentative play date is on October 2013.

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