Before going to London for Miss Saigon, Rachelle Ann Go will have a send-off concert first for her Pinoy fans on February 22 at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Avenue.
The 27-year-old singer-actress admits she is nervous about playing Gigi in the revival of popular West End musical, Miss Saigon.
Her send-off concert also coincides with her 10th anniversary in showbiz.
“Gusto ko talagang mag-concert before I leave,” said Rachelle in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the media after her January 13 photo shoot for her upcoming concert.
Since it’s her 10th anniversary, Rachelle plans to recount her journey in the music industry.
“Ginawa ko kasi dati sa Rise Against Gravity [her 2012 concert] ‘yong story ng buhay ko.
“Ngayon, gusto ko ‘yong music na ginawa ko since I started—‘yong nagpunta ako sa pop, nagpunta ako sa rock, kung anu-ano ang ginawa ko, nagpaka-fierce ako sa Party Pilipinas.
“You know, I did everything. Ngayon, papunta ako sa musicals.
“‘Yon ang gusto kong ipakita sa mga tao, ‘yong journey ng music ko and how I started also,” she said.
Among the celebrities she considers tapping to be her guests in the concert are her local music idols, Regine Velasquez and Lea Salonga. She’s also planning to invite her close friends in showbiz to be part of her 10th anniversary celebration, namely Sarah Geronimo, Christian Bautista, and Mark Bautista.
ALL BY HERSELF. Rachelle considers this concert as a temporary distraction for the nerve-wracking task of portraying a prostitute in Miss Saigon.
“Buti nga may concert, e. Mas dito muna ako naka-focus kaya hindi ko pa masyadong nararamdaman ‘yong pag-alis ko,” said Rachelle with a smile.
“Pero feeling ko, after the concert, doon ko na mararamdaman lahat.
“At saka mag-isa kasi ako. First time kong malalayo sa family ko. Ako lang, all by myself.
“Wala rin kasi akong alam, wala akong alam sa pagluluto, wala.
“So feeling ko, it’s a purpose din, na kailangan kong matuto.
“Alam mo ‘yon, mas maging mature as a person and as an artist also.”
Since the news came out about her inclusion in the cast of Miss Saigon, Rachelle has received a lot of support from family, friends, and colleague.
Important advice came from Filipino actors who made it to foreign theaters, including the former Miss Saigon actress and Tony award-winner, Lea Salonga.
But Lea’s advice was not anything about her theater experience, said Rachelle.
“Noong nag-guest po ako sa concert niya, ‘yong Playlist, ang dami po niyang tips about living in London.
“Sabi nga niya, when it comes to acting and singing, wala raw siyang maia-advice sa akin.
“Kumbaga, ‘yong director na ‘yong bahala sa akin doon.
“‘Yong tips lang niya, ‘yong mga accent daw doon kailangan kong aralin.
“Kasi masyadong malalim ang kanilang British accent, mahirap talagang intindihin.”
Joanna Ampil, another Filipina who also played the role of Kim in West End’s Miss Saigon, advised Rachelle to take classes during her free time.
Rachell told the media, “Gusto ko rin kasing mag-school doon kasi gabi-gabi lang naman ‘yong show.
“Sabi ni Ms Joanna Ampil, ‘yon ang advice niya sa akin, baka raw magsawa ako sa gagawin ko sa iisang role, everyday pare-parehong song.
“Sabi niya, mag-school daw ako kung gusto kong mag-dance or mag-acting.”
Although she will be away from the Philippines for more than a year, Rachelle does not worry about her career in local showbiz.
As of now, Rachelle is thinking about producing new songs or music videos while in London to continuously update her fans.
“Siyempre, iniisip ko rin ‘yong matagal akong mawawala rito.
“Para hindi naman ako makalimutan ng mga tao, gusto kong mag-record ng album or gumawa ng music video kung kakayanin.
“Mag-a-update din ako dito sa mga Pinoy [fans ko],” assured Rachelle in conclusion.