Christian Bautista describes alternate leading ladies Karylle and Joanna Ampil in "West Side Story"

Singer ChristianBautista plays Tony in STAGES's West Side Story. Christian says doing theateris always a different experience for him.



Aminado si Christian Bautista, na ang pagkakaroon ng leadrole sa isang musical play na tulad ng STAGES's West Side Story can really consume somuch of his time. Marami nga raw siyang "raket" na kailangang i-give-up sincearaw-araw ang kanilang rehearsals.

Pero wala raw siyang pinagsisisihan nang nang ginawa niyaang West Side Story,wherein he plays the role of Tony at magsisimula na ang staging from September5 to October 12 this year.

"Talaga pong pina-block ko na ang mga schedule namin, but wecan still do bookings at night, after...so, maliligo lang, and then, go! Ngayonnga po, nilalagnat na ‘ko, pero, wala pong regrets. The theater is always adifferent experience. The love for it, the love of performing in it and thelove that you have for your fellow theatermates."

So, how was it being a leading man for two leading ladiesalternately playing "Maria"—Karylle and Joanna Ampil of West End ?

"Finally naging leading man ako sa theater! Nakakanerbiyos,pero, we have a good director, we have a good cast. We really feel supported byeverybody."

DESCRIBING JOANNA AND KARYLLE. Inilarawan niChristian sina Joanna and Karylle as Joanna the more passionate and Karylle theplayful one. Tinanong ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Christiankung puwede ba niyang i-elaborate ang mga sinabi niyang iyon tungkol sa mgakapareha.

"Maria kasi is 18 years old. So, when Joanna attacked thecharacter...marami na siyang experience, e. So, iba na rin yung amount ofexperiences that she has. Iba rin ang experiences ni Karylle. I guess, Karylleis more playful than mature."

Is he saying Karylle is not as serious as Joanna?

"No! No...please don't write that, I will die," biro pa niya."Pero kasi, it's the same level but different attack. I enjoy both and I cannotpick who's better than the other because they are both good."

Kasama ba sa pag-e-enjoy niya ang napakarami raw kissingscenes nila?

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"Yeah, of course! What would I say? No? Of course, I'm aguy," natatawa niyang sabi.

ADDICTIVE. Two months ang rehearsal at two months dinang staging, so, biniro siya ng PEP na four months pala, he's the luckiest guy?

"Yeah, they are both very nice. Before naman we do thescene, I ask their permission. Not naman every time, it's like..,. ‘Okeyna?' Hindi naman yung I have the right, okey, sige na."

First major role raw ni Christian sa isang play ang WestSide Story, although, nakagawa na rin siya before sa ilang stage play ngTrumpets. Aniya, doing a play is so addictive.

"Yes! Parang ayaw mong mawala sa rehearsals. Dapat nasarehearsal ako everyday para masanay nang masanay. Because that's the only wayyou will get everything. You'll do it every day."

NO WORRIES ON DINGDONG. On Joanna's part, inaminnitong she's still single so, walang puwedeng ika-worry si Christian namagseselos sa kanya. Not to mention, Joanna being so experienced intheater. On Karylle's part, everybody knows that she has anactor-boyfriend, DingdongDantes, who might be affected with their "live" kissing scenes.

Maapektuhan kaya siya when he knows Dingdong is in theaudience?

"They are both very good actors, they are bothprofessionals. We know our work. Kumbaga, isipin mo na lang din na ginagawa rinyun sa movies at this time naman, sa stage, it's almost the same."


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