Christian Bautista feels pressured by being the male lead in "West Side Story"

"Ako po talaga, medyo pressured because it's my first timeas a lead sa isang musical. And everyone has amazig talents. ‘Tapos yun nga,there's the dancing and then, there's Joanna Ampil that I haven't really workedwith," says Christian Bautista about his role in the musical play West Side Story.



Stages feels that their very own talent Christian Bautistaperfectly fits the role of Tony in the musical play West Side Story, since the singer istall, handsome, and has the makings of a perfect romantic leading man.

Hindi naman ikinaila ni Christian na may pressure sa kanyang partbilang male lead ng isang napakalaking musical play gaya ng West Side Story. Inamin niya ito during the press conference of West Side Story last night, June 26, at Centerstage on Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

"Ako po talaga, medyo pressured because it's my first timeas a lead sa isang musical. And everyone has amazig talents. ‘Tapos yun nga,there's the dancing and then, there's Joanna Ampil that I haven't really workedwith... Kay Karylle, medyo kumportable na ako. But with Joanna, I'm sure she's gonnabring everyone to a higher level again because she's that professional. Pero wehelp each other out and we calm each other. So I'm sure we can bring out ourbest."

Ang maganda lang daw, nagkaroon na si Christian ng pagkakataonna makilala si Joanna when he went to London and watched the West End production of Les Miserables. In fact,sa pagpapalitan ng e-mails ng executive producer ng West Side Story na si AudieGemorania , nagpadala pa raw ng picture ang theater actress ng picture nila niChristian sa London.

Kuwento ni Christian, "Well, I went to London for a show sa West End, nandoon anglahat ng musicals. We watched Les Miserables kasi kakilala nga ng mgataga-Stages si Joanna Ampil and she played Fantine. Ang galing! Napakagaling!

"So we decided to meet her at the back stage and tookpictures. But we never talked about West Side Story. Talagang we justcongratulated her na ang galing-galing nga, it's a pride of Filipino."

Ibang level na raw ang naisip niya when he heard that Joannawill be alternating with Karylle as Maria.

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"Kailangan sa pagkanta, sa pag-arte, mag-match kami. At yunnga ang pinaghahandaan ko. I'm doing voice lesson, acting lesson," sabi niChristian.

Although he was sporting a Josh Groban hairstyle at thepresscon, ayon kay Christian ay hanggang rehearsal lang daw puwede yung ganoonghairstyle. Kung meron man daw siyang dapat ibalik, ito ay yung ala-Josh Grobansinging voice na kailangan sa musical play nila.

Christian is a regular performer in ABS-CBN's ASAP ‘08 whileKarylle is a mainstay of GMA-7's SOP. Pero welcome para kay Christian angnapagsama ang both networks sa musical play na ito.

"Ako kasi, I love working with different kinds of people. Differentideas are exchanged, friendship are found. At yun nga, kahit minsan may rivalryang mga network, natutuwa kami... whoever, never a rivalry between the artists. Somaganda rin na ang Stages, isa yun sa gusto nilang ipakita that we can worktogether," pahayag ni Christian, na produkto ng Star In A Million.

Habang ginagawa raw nila ang West Side Story—that will runfrom from September to October 2008 at the Meralco Theater—wala raw muna silangibang major projects na puwedeng gawin.

"Siguro po, if ever, mga one day show lang na hindi nakailangan ng rehearsal. Yung mga abroad, wala muna po. Wala munang mga majorconcerts."

Ayon kay Audie, bagamatpareho nang involved sina Christan at Karylle, wala muna raw dapat isipin na personalrelationship ang dalawa since ang West Side Story ay modern-day retelling ofWilliam Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet sa upper west side of New York Cityinstead of Verona. At siyempre, most part talaga will require kissing scenes bythe two.

Napa-"ows!" halos lahat ng entertainment press nang itanggi niChristian ang sinabi ni Audie na "involved" pa rin siya.

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Aniya, "I'm not involved. Nagkamali lang si KuyaAudie. Yes, I'm single right now and I'm not seeing anyone now. I amconcentrating on West Side Story," depensa agad ni Christian sa akala ng maramina sila pa rin ng kapwa niya singer na si Rachelle Ann Go.


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