It wasn’t as “painful” as the rite of passage that young boys undergo during summer. In fact, it was “painless.”
It was a wonderful surprise. I mean opening the Sunday magazine of the New York Times and finding an article about Miss Saigon with quotes and reminiscences from the Filipino cast members among those prominently featured.
After more than 50 theater credits at Repertory Philippines and a comeback role of Dr. Givings in Sarah Ruhl’s The Vibrator Play, which opened March 24, Joshua Spafford is excited to work on his first full-length film — an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello set in the Philippines circa 1890s.
Tale as old as time is certainly trite and song as old as rhyme may be passé. Those are familiar phrases, but not totally apt to say about the recent live action remake of Disney’s favorite classic, Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls and Breaking Dawn 1 and 2, the final two installments of the Twilight series).
It’s hard to imagine that a relative newcomer, who has no big-screen credentials under her belt, could instantly join the band of Philippine cinema’s A-Listers —from Judy Ann Santos and Claudine Barretto to Toni Gonzaga and Sarah Geronimo — who became leading ladies to eternal matinee idol Piolo Pascual.