One day before Les Misérables Manila officially opened, we went to The Theatre at Solaire for a media call, where we watched the cast perform three of the show’s most powerful songs: Bring Him Home (performed by Simon Gleeson), I Dreamed A Dream (sung by Rachelle Ann Go) and One Day More (performed by the principals and ensemble of Les Misérables Manila).
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Rachelle Ann Go went first with her heart rending rendition of I Dreamed A Dream. The Filipino actress, who stunned London audiences in Miss Saigon and Les Misérables in the West End, showcased her incredible talent with the iconic song.
This was followed by the whole cast performing One Day More, the show stopping number which comes at the end of the first act. From Eponine’s (Kerrie Anne Greenland) soaring notes to the gravelly cries of The Thénardiers (Cameron Blakely and Helen Walsh), the ensemble projected incredible energy throughout The Theatre.
After a short break for costume and set changes, the legendary barricade emerged in all its glory. The revolutionaries ran across the stage in the heat of battle, and as the dust settled, Simon Gleeson\’s Jean Valjean sang to the heavens in Bring Him Home.
The media call was a great way to pick up even more excitement for the show, and also allowed us a glimpse of what to expect from Les Misérables Manila.