A Sneak Peek of Resorts World Manila’s Cinderella

A Sneak Peek of Resorts World Manila’s Cinderella

Special guests and members of the media were treated to an exclusive first glimpse of the newest production of Resorts World Manila, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in the Resorts World Complex, the program was hosted by   Cinderella’s director Michael Williams, and his co-artistic director at Resorts World Manila, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo.
They talked about the preparations they did for their very own re-telling of classic tale, and how they discovered that the story of Cinderella can actually be traced back to  China in 850 A.D.
“Actually, the glass slipper was originally a silk slipper. And the story, being set in China, also explains why Cinderella is so submissive and obedient. It reflects their culture,” Williams explains.
The musical, which is being headlined by Karylle Tatlonghari as Cinderella, and Christian Bautista as the prince, will start its run on October 9. Others in the cast  include Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Pinky Marquez alternating in the role of the Fairy Godmother, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson as the wicked stepmother,  and Miguel Faustmann and Sheila Francisco as the king and queen.
Four numbers from the musical were performed for the audience. The first one was the lively number The Prince is Giving a Ball, which showcased the wonderful props and colorful costumes of the chorus. Next, Cinderella-alternate, Julia Abueva, sang a duet with the other actor who plays the prince, Fred Lo. This was then followed by Stepsisters’s Lament, which was a comic number by Cinderella’s stepsisters played by Maronne Cruz and Gianina Ocampo.
The preview capped off with a magical number by Karylle Tatlonghari and Christian Bautista singing 10 Minutes Ago against a backdrop of the dazzling palace ballroom.
Karylle and Christian have worked together before, in productions like Rama Hari, West Side Story, and The Kitchen Musical. In Cinderella, and the chemistry between the two is natural and quite mesmerizing. “It’s always a joy, working with her,” Christian says.
Aside from spectacular numbers from the stellar cast, Cinderella promises excellent production design.
“We are really going to push this one that much further, where you can’t actually tell what’s real and what’s magic,” says South African set designer Andrew Botha.
Resorts World’s Chief Entertainment Office Colin Kerr adds that they really focused on how to make this production unique, to give people value for their money.
“We really went with the magic element for this one. We didn’t want to show all the magical scenes at the preview, because that’s the wow factor of the show,” Kerr says. “You will see it, in the full production in October.”

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