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Rachelle Ann Go compares Miss Saigon and Les Miserables experience

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Mar 21, 2016
Rachelle Ann Go brings life to Fantine in Les Miserables. This musical is being staged at the Solaire Theatre until April 17, 2016. 

In the year 2013, Rachelle Ann Go already claimed that she would be part of Les Miserables.

"When I first saw it back in 2013, iyak ako ng iyak. Sobra akong natamaan.

"Pag labas ni Fantine, sabi ko, 'I'm gonna do that role. One day, I'm gonna do that role.'

"Iba talaga ang impact," she told the press during a media call held at the Solaire Resort and Casino.

When did she think about portraying Fantine onstage?

"I watched that, I was in London in 2013. I was there for the final audition of Miss Saigon.

"Binigyan ako ni Sir Cameron [Mackintosh] ng ticket to watch Les Mis and nung napanood ko, sabi ko, 'I'm gonna do that role,'" she said with a laugh.

"I actually claimed it."

In 2015, Rachelle Ann did bag the role of Fantine for the West End stage in London.

This year, the Filipina singer and internationally-acclaimed stage actress is currently playing the impoverished mother in the Manila run of Les Miserables.


The musical, which is set in 19th century revolutionary France, is being staged at The Theatre at Solaire until April 17, 2016.

For Rachelle Ann, one of her favorite moments is when her character joins in singing "The Epilogue" towards the end of the show.

"The last bit, when we sing, 'To love another person is to see the face of God,' it's very spiritual and I'm a spiritual person.

"Doing this musical, mas naisasapuso ko siya. Ang sarap ng pakiramdam."

Before being cast in Les Mis, Rachelle Ann gained attention in the international theater scene for bringing life to a bar girl named Gigi
in Miss Saigon.

She was chosen as Best Featured Actress in a New Production of a Musical in BroadwayWorld UK for Miss Saigon.

The former pop singer also bagged the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical award from WhatsOnStage Awards also for Miss Saigon.

Her stint as Fantine in Les Miserables also earned for the award for Best Performance in a Long-Running West End show (Female) in BroadwayWorld UK.

When PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Rachelle Ann to compare her experience doing Miss Saigon and Les Miserables, she pointed out, "Alam mo, pareho lang namang nakakakaba.


"Ang difference lang sa Miss Saigon, sobra yung constume ko, when I was starting, it was so hard to adjust.

"Sobrang hiyang-hiya ako. Makikita mo ako sa isang sulok, nakatakip lang ang buhok ko, tinatakpan ko ang katawan ko.

"I was so shy."

Eventually, Rachelle Ann became comfortable in her daring costumes.

"Hanggang sa finally, when we got on stage, with the lights on and makeup and everything, kumbaga, I wasn't Rachelle Ann anymore. I was Gigi.

"Ito na yung character ko. Nawala na ang hiya. nag-mature ako, mas tumapang ako as an artist...humarap sa mga tao."

After two years of performing abroad, the 29-year-old actress says she has gained a newfound confidence.

"Before, natatakot ako na magkamali. When I was doing concerts, I can't mess up.

"Pero ngayon, it's okay. I can't dwell on my performance tonight. If I mess it up, I still have the next day bumawi.


"Les Miserables is another big production. Kumbaga, iba-iba ang experience.

"With Fantine, mas mabigat ang role. Mas napapaglaruan ko."

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