Rachel Alejandro joins the cast of ‘Rock of Ages’
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - July 1, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Last year’s biggest theatrical party, Atlantis Productions’ Rock of Ages, is all set to rock Manila once again for a limited repeat run in July 2013.  

Rock of Ages is the hit Broadway musical featuring beloved rock songs from the ’80s like We Built This City, Can’t Fight This Feeling, Wanted Dead Or Alive, Don’t Stop Believin’, More Than Words, and Every Rose Has Its Thorn.  It tells the story of two young people — Drew and Sherrie — who hit the Sunset Strip armed with nothing but their dreams. Along the way they meet a colorful array of wild and raunchy characters and find their blossoming love threatened by the rockstar, Stacee Jaxx.  

The powerhouse cast led by MiG Ayesa, Nyoy Volante and Vina Morales who play Stacee, Drew and Sherrie will set the stage ablaze once more along with Aiza Seguerra (in her Aliw Award-winning performance), Jett Pangan, Calvin Millado, Jamie Wilson and Bibo Reyes. Adding a new punch to this pack is one of the country’s finest singers, Rachel Alejandro, who steps into the shoes of Justice Charlier.

Rachel has appeared on stage almost exclusively with Atlantis Productions over the last decade creating memorable roles in Rent (Manila and Singapore), Avenue Q (Manila and Singapore), Xanadu and Aida.  On joining Rock of Ages, Rachel says, “I’m in love with ’80s rock music so I was so excited when Atlantis asked me to be part of the cast of the 2012 run. Unfortunately I moved to New York for almost a year and had to give up the show. When Direk Chari Arespacochaga asked me to be part of the repeat, I jumped at the opportunity. It’s such a fun show and I know for a fact that my cast-mates are a riot. I am so looking forward to it all!”  

Chari Arespacochaga, who directs the musical, says, “Rachel is truly one of our favorite actresses to work with. A genuine pro, she is beyond OC and is obsessively committed to perfection. She also completely understands this genre.  I am very happy to have her in the show and look forward to the Justice that she will create.”  

Rock of Ages is made possible through a special licensing arrangement with Broadway Asia Entertainment, and with the support of The Philippine STAR, Delta Airlines, Oakwood and Metrobank. It continues Atlantis Productions’ stellar season which opened with the acclaimed production of Piaf.  After Rock of Ages, Atlantis will next stage the musical Carrie, followed by The Addams Family.

Rock of Ages runs at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium from July 12 to 28.  Limited show-buying and fundraising opportunities still available. Tickets are also on sale now. Call Atlantis Productions at 892-7078 for details.

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