Saturday, July 07, 2012

the play rocks


the idea was to see the play first then the movie just to see what the difference was.  it was so hard to get tickets since the play, despite its pricey tickets, were all sold out even before its run started here in Manila.

i did say that the play was different from the movie.i thought the movie was hilarious.  the play was GOLDEN! i almost peed in my really nice I-got-this-from-a-sale-but-it's-so-fab jumpshorts. Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx was awesome until i saw where he got his inspiration: MIG AYESA IS LOVE.

you know, for someone who went there alone, i had a lot of pictures taken with a lot of beautiful people, Mig Ayesa being the most beautiful and wonderful of them.
i really just wanted to take a picture of Marc Nelson, who happened to be talking to Nyoy Volante after the show. hence, this picture.
i honestly thought Jett Pangan is getting to be a really serious stage actor. when he's there you forget that that's the same voice behind Enveloped Ideas and Salamat that has been the anthem of rockers of our generation. i sincerely didn't think it would work and had difficulty imagining how he would play the role since Russell Brand was so funny and it came naturally since i never really took Russell seriously. why'd you think Katy Perry filed for divorce?

anyway, Jett did the role of Lonny justice and i thought, funnier than Russell Brand's performance in the movie. the stage version is more interactive. he had my eyes glued to the stage the whole time.
i almost missed Aiza.  i'm actually just a few inches taller than she is and i just happened to be wearing heels with this jumpsuit.  i didn't know until this play that she could fit into a corset and fishnet stockings.  the image is still lurking in my head as i write this.

i didn't really like the idea of Vina Morales playing the role of Sherrie, the same way i didn't really like Nyoy Volante playing Drew.  i felt like they could have easily gotten someone else to play those roles but these two did do their best and they actually went up a notch on my book.

also, that Vina already gave birth and still have rocking abs you want to shoot her navel with an arrow is a great injustice.  it is simply not right.


i actually saw Mig Ayesa two days before the play at a mall and i couldn't resist the opportunity to walk up to him and have a picture taken with him.  never mind if i hadn't had any sleep or that i've been so tired coming from work, and fixing the house papers.  seeing him was the highlight of that day.  he even told me to wait about ten, fifteen minutes for him to take off his make up and dress up to have THIS picture taken.

i love it when stars are so grounded that you don't feel how successful they are until you remember how starstruck you are.

being a rocker and old, i know most of the songs and the artists who sang them.  it also helped that the movie came out just about the same time as the play started its run in Manila and that some of the songs have been performed in Glee. hell, i have expected some of the Glee members to come out of the stage when the cast was singing Don't Stop Believing.  i didn't care if my voice became hoarse, i sang along.  i laughed heartily at everything.

why were we walking along the Ayala and Makati Avenues again? i forget.

we have memories in that building, that's where we met. that's the theater where we watched a play, where we smoked and shared that awkward silence before the second act of Spring Awakening.

funny. i watched that play to make me forget but it only helped me remember.