This coming June 14, 2013, don’t be surprised if you see someone swinging from tree to tree or if you hear chest beating and hollering from the forests of the Meralco Theater. Tarzan swings halfway around the globe and sets foot in Manila as Viva Atlantis Theatricals brings the lovable ape man to life in the Disney musical by David Henry Hwang. It is based on the Disney film which adapted the original story by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The musical will feature songs penned by renowned singer/composer Phil Collins.
Taking on the role of Tarzan is Dan Domenech, a Puerto Rican actor who made his Broadway debut as Drew in the US production of Rock of Ages and played Chase Madison in two episodes of the popular TV series Glee last year. He has a string of musicals to his name such as the US productions of Sister Act, Alladin, Wonderland in Tampa, Rent and Altar Boyz. Dan is also a choreographer and dancer.
A perfect foil to the feral man is Jane Porter, a young English naturalist, who will be played by Rachelle Ann Go. Although she is considered a newbie in the theater world as she crossed over from being a fierce pop diva, her exceptional performance as Ariel in the Manila staging of The Little Mermaid in 2010 defied the fact that it was her debut in this new medium. Her successful portrayal of the lovable mermaid led people to practically push her to audition for the role of Kim when Cameron Mackintosh’s team came over to shortlist a number of people for the 25th anniversary West End restaging of Miss Saigon. And did she make it to that shortlist.
It would be interesting to see how these two talented artists will jell as Tarzan and Jane, considering that they haven’t really met prior to the musical, not to mention coming from two different continents. Yet just like Tarzan and Jane, it is always refreshing to see artists of different cultures work together. I know that they will knock us off our feet too like they did in their previous musicals. They will be joined by equally talented theater thespians Ima Castro as Kala, Calvin Millado as Kerchak and Jeffrey Hidalgo as Terk. I’m pretty sure the rest of the cast will be just as great. Chari Arespacochaga directs.
Tarzan the Stage Musical will run from June 14 to July 7, 2013 at the Meralco Theater. For tickets, you may call Viva Atlantis Theatricals at 687-5853 loc 661/673, 892-7078, 840-1187, or you may check out Ticketworld at 891-9999. For more details, you may go to http://www.vivaaltlantistheatricals.com.