Humarap sa media ang fast-rising singer-actor and stage performer na si Sam Concepcion kahapon, May 31, kaugnay ng malaking role na gagampanan niya sa upcoming musical Peter Pan, na joint venture ng Stages at Repertory Philippines, Inc.
Ang malaking paglulunsad ay ginanap sa Columbus Function Room ng Discovery Suites sa Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Sam is excited for the musical’s forthcoming run as he rigorously prepares to tackle the title role of the boy "who refuses to grow up."
Naging isa sa masayang topic ang tungkol sa pisikal na preparasyon ni Sam, including his desire to put on more abs to make him a "sexier Peter Pan."
But the sing-and-dance heartthrob, who was launched to stardom after winning the ABS-CBN talent search Little Big Star, doesn’t think he’s ready yet to do sexy roles onscreen or onstage.
"I’m 18 right now. I don’t think it’s something that a lot of 18-year-olds think about," Sam told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the one-on-one interview after the presscon proper.
Sam was also asked if he could do something like Equus, where the lead character had to go fully naked in a highlight scene.
"It’s only an artistic thing, but it’s still a huge reaction [on my part] if I can do it.
"But I think going naked onscreen is more risky than doing it onstage.
"Siyempre, iba pag sa TV, puwede mong i-replay, i-playback mo," sabi niya.
Although it’s live onstage, Sam insisted, "Pag theater play, you know na there’ll be an amount of creativity and artistry that they put into it. And you really get into it, e.
"So, magkaiba po."
But Sam admitted being very happy in getting what every actor and singer his age would consider a "dream role."
"Yeah, definitely!" he gushed.
"Any theater actor would be very thrilled to play a role of an icon [like Peter Pan]."
ON BROTHER KEVIN. Kabilang sa makakasama ni Sam sa restaging ng Peter Pan ang seasoned theater performer na si Michael Williams bilang Captain Hook; ang rising star ng ABS-CBN na si Tippy Dos Santos (napanood sa Idol at Shoutout), bilang Wendy; ka-alternate si Cara Barredo (Best Featured Performance in a musical category winner sa Gawad Buhay Awards para sa Little Women).
Bilang ka-alternate naman ni Sam sa title role ay ang kanyang older brother na si Kevin Concepcion.
"We’re supportive of each other, kasi isa lang yung ginagawa namin—we sing, dance, and act for a living," sabi ni Sam tungkol sa kanyang kapatid.
Tulad ng kanyang 19-year-old brother, na-develop kay Sam ang passion for performing at a very young age.
"I think, yeah, my love for performing.
"I fell in love with performing nung maliit pa ako, and doon ko nalaman that I want...at home ako sa stage."
Did he have any particular demands sa Repertory and Stages when he was offered the title role in Peter Pan?
"I didn’t have any," sagot ni Sam.
"Nothing unusual, kasi po Stages and Repertory are very close to each other.
"Katulad din po ng sinabi ni Tito Audie [Gemora], the industry in the Philippines is so small and more like a family.
"And even sa akin, I know they look out for me and my welfare and all that.
"So they already know. So, I am...sobrang kampante ako sa kanila.
"And then again, for the love of the stage, of theater."
Aside from Peter Pan, does Sam have any other dream role in the future?
"Siguro, a lot of characters pa din... perhaps Spider Man?" he smiled.
"Or lead roles siguro. Play something like a romantic lead."
Mapapanood ang Peter Pan sa mga petsang September 29 hanggang October 30 sa Meralco Theater sa Pasig City.
REPLACEMENT FOR AJ PEREZ. It was also mentioned at yesterday’s presscon of Peter Pan that Sam will be paired with young actress Julia Montes in a forthcoming movie of Star Cinema.
Si Sam ang papalit sa role na dapat sana ay para sa yumaong kaibigan niya na si AJ Perez.
Bilang replacement ng kanyang kaibigan at dating kasamahan sa grupong Gigger Boys na si AJ ay welcome kay Sam Concepcion ang pagkakataon.
"Actually, I felt so blessed to have that kind of opportunity and to be able to work with Direk Jerry [Lopez-Sineneng] and with the cast—sina Kathryn [Bernardo], Albie [Casiño], and Julia.
"Sina Julia, they started [shooting] their scenes, while mine, this week or next week," banggit ni Sam.
GOOD VIBES. Ibinalita rin ni Sam Concepcion sa PEP ang tungkol sa kinabibilangan niyang youth-oriented program sa ABS-CBN, ang Good Vibes.
"Matagal-tagal pa po [ang airing]. I think we’re extended for a couple of episodes, or more," sabi niya.
Hinggil sa kanyang lovelife, Sam is non-committal.
"I’m single," he said.
"Right now I’m close to the Good Vibes cast—sina Linn [Oeymo], Yen [Santos], Devon [Seron]... sina Coleen [Garcia].
"Kasi, we see each other like five times a week for tapings, dance training, gymnastics...lahat."
Kanino sa mga young ladies na cast ng Good Vibes pinaka-close si Sam?
"Si Devon, si Coleen, si Yen..."
Who is Sam’s fantasy girl?
"When you say fantasy, something that I will never get in my life? Local? Somebody I will never get?
"Hmmn, wala, e...
"Am just kidding! Joke lang po, joke lang po!" bawi niya agad.