February 28, 2015

9WT's La Cage is a new standard to musicals

There are no regrets giving in to see 9 Works Theatrical's La Cage Aux Folles that opened late February. Though I am not able to welcome the cast personally during the press conference, seeing them on stage is quite a great opportunity. And it was also a pleasure to see up close seating in front. The musical is so funny, colorful and memorable for everyone who will see it.
A huge KUDOS to the cast and crew of this musical. I am almost lost for words trying to describe the whole thing. But one thing is for sure, La Cage Aux Folles is one musical you should not miss. The mystifying ensembles and the family values that go with it, you will forget that it is about homosexuals. Plus, there is also great hard work put into the whole musical that you can just sit there, relax, and enjoy. I can't tell which scene in the musical is my favorite part.

The whole theater is the stage. Mio Infante has put a lot of detail that puts you into the scenes itself. Wait until Michael De Mesa opens the show and you'll have a colorful night.

These actors had so much dedication with putting on their dancing heels, heavy dresses, waxing their body hair and putting a high pitch on their voices aside from the rehearsed songs. If you're not aware of the Les Cagelles true identities, you will be deceived -- what a difference Mac can make. Putting them all together could be a great workout that nobody could have ever imagined. Costumes are very fabulous as they glitter in every touch of light. It hypnotizes theater goers at every sway of the drag queens, their fancy moves and batting eyelashes.
Michael De Mesa and Audie Gemora also came very believable on stage. It's as if they are a real life couple with the lovers' teases. Plus you will never think of the actors as Audie and Michael. They portray as if they are really them, especially Audie that you think it is really Albin or Zaza. His rendition of "I Am What I Am" is deeply felt. Not only for those who experience identity crisis but for everyone who wants to defend themselves of what people think about them. Zaza's character came very strong in this one.
Michael De Mesa (George) and Audie Gemora (Albin/Zaza)
You'll also got to love Noel Rayos as Jacob aka the Butler which he prefers to be called The Maid. Sporting different costumes and with a fast shift in characters, he owns every scene he is in. Everybody is caught off guard at what will he project next.
Noel Rayos in different characters in 9WT's La Cage Aux Folles
All in all, La Cage Aux Folles by 9 Works Theatrical is not just another musical. It stands out to all hardships from the actors, the set and even to the people behind the scenes that put their efforts to this production. I enjoyed everything and highly recommend to everyone.

La Cage Aux Folles is directed by Robbie Guevarra and will play up to March 29 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium. Also stars Steven Silva as Jean-Michele, Missy Macuja-Elizalde as Anne, Raul Montesa and Sheila Francisco as the Dindons. For tickets, you may call 0917-5545560, 586-7105 or email 9WT at info@9workstheatrical.com.

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