Regine Velasquez thinks the right time has come for her to do what she has been dreaming of in her showbiz career—to perform all-musical songs in a concert.
In her latest concert series, dubbed as Regine at The Theater, Asia's Songbird finally has a chance to perform her favorite songs from popular musicals.
“Ngayon, ika nga ni Lola Nidora, ito na po talaga ang tamang panahon,” Regine told audiences last November 6, the first of her four-night concert series at The Theatre, Solaire Resort and Casino in Paranaque City.
Aside from having no chance to fulfill this dream, Regine added, “I think also because I wasn't ready for it—not vocally but more of emotionally.
“These songs are so hard to sing!
“They're not just songs, they're not just stories.
“All songs have stories naman, but these songs have characters that's why they're harder to sing.”
Through Regine at The Theater, the local diva said, “I hope these songs are touching your hearts the way they have touched mine.”
Here are five reasons, which we picked up from the first night of Regine at The Theater, thatmay encourage you to watch the succeeding concerts on November 20 and 21.
REGINE INTERPRETS SONGS FROM BELOVED MUSICALS. Sure, the multi-awarded singer has proven a lot throughout her career. However, Regine admitted to audiences at beginning of her November 6 concert: “Guys, you have to bear with me because I'm really nervous tonight.
“I realized, this is the first time I'm gonna be performing alone by myself.
“Normally kasi, when I do concerts nowadays, it's like back-to-back.
“It's easier for me because mayroon akong masisisi kapag pangit ang show... Nakaka-stress!”
She entertained concertgoers with her rendition of popular songs from musicals such as Jesus Christ The Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, Singin' in the Rain, The Sound of Music, Wicked, The Sound of Music, and even from the hit local musical Rak of Aegis!
SURPRISE GUESTS. The spotlight was focused on Regine but Asia's Songbird surprised concertgoers by having some friends perform on stage with her.
First, there was Aicelle Santos, an alumna of the talent search Pinoy Pop Superstar that Regine hosted in 2006.
Rak of Aegis actress Aicelle performed songs from Miss Saigon with her Ate Regine.
Speaking of Rak of Aegis, Regine also did a fun version of Aegis's “Halik” with the Royal Ensemble.
There's also Regine's brother-in-law and musical director, Raul Mitra, who sang the theme song of The Phantom of the Opera with the Kapuso singer-actress.
GET TO KNOW REGINE'S MUSICAL STINTS. Younger fans might not know that Regine Velasquez once played the role of Maria Clara in Noli Me Tangere.
“This plays a big part in my career,” said Regine.
“Before, bit roles lang ako. Pero ito po ang simula ng Wanted: Perfect Mother .
“Thank you, because of this, I got a movie contract. I got to kiss Christopher de Leon and others!”
Regine then performed “Paalam na Pag-Ibig” with her Noli leading man, Audie Gemora.
Aside from Noli Me Tangere, Regine also mentioned her attempt to become part of the classic musical Miss Saigon.
She told the audience, “Did you know that I actually auditioned for Miss Saigon like, two years ago?
“I did audition for Miss Saigon in New York, and Cameron Mackintosh...
“After my audition, he talked to me backstage and [said] 'Ms. Velasquez, please, don't cut your hair anymore.'
“Maikli po noon ang buhok. 'Tapos, 'yon na 'yon."
She then joked, “Hindi ko na alam kung ano ang nangyari kay Cameron...Diaz, gumawa siya ng Charlie's Angels.”
As another special treat, Regine performed one of the two songs she did during the said audition—“On My Own” from Les Miserables.
“I realized that hindi ko pa talaga siya nakakanta after my audition in Miss Saigon,” she said.
RYAN CAYABYAB TRIBUTE. Regine's concert does not only pay tribute to beloved musicals but it also highlights Original Pinoy Music.
In her spiel, Regine said, “We called it Regine at The Theater because we wanted to sing some OPM songs also. I wanted to do Tagalog songs.
“Tonight, I wanted to pay tribute to the man whose music is just so incredible, he's a genius, he has written a lot of musicals.”
Regine then sang Maestro Ryan Cayabyab's “Magbalik Ka Na Mahal” from Rama at Sita and “Awit ni Isagani” from El Filibusterismo.
LASTLY, REGINE DANCES [AND CRACKS JOKES]. In between shows, Regine did comic antics to lighten up the mood at The Theatre.
The local diva even introduced one of the segments by joking: “Aside from being a sex symbol, I am also the greatest dancer who ever lived in the universe.
“Wala ng ano diyan, basta!
“So, tonight, I wanna dance! I shall dance!”
And Regine danced while performing “I Could Have Danced All Night” from the musical My Fair Lady.
BONUS: REGINE'S BOO! Regine called on stage her son, Nate, who requested her to sing “Tomorrow” from the Broadway musical Annie.
The performance became even more special because Nate is celebrating his 4th birthday this Sunday, November 8.
You can still watch Regine at The Theater on November 20 and 21 at The Theatre, Solaire Resort and Casino in Paranaque City.