Last Sunday my family and I were able to watch the repeat run of the musical Rock of Ages here in Manila. My fascination with musicals has flickered in the past few years, plus I wasn’t really keen about seeing Vina Morales on the stage so I went without really thinking of having the best time of my life.

But of course, I did.

There were a lot of surprises that day. It started once we entered the theater. Perhaps everything changes once you see the decked out stage and the lights. The fourth wall closes in and you’re immersed in another world. An usherette greeted us, grabbed our tickets and led us towards the first row. As we took our seats I realize that we were right smack in the middle. That was the first time ever that I sat so close to the stage.

A few minutes later the show starts. The cast came out for their first number. I found myself observing everything that was happening onstage. The actors had on wigs and headpieces that covered the microphones on their heads. They wore layers of clothing and hosiery and the only thing I could think of was how uncomfortable that was. Suddenly, I recognize Rachel Alejandro’s and Nyoy Volante’s heavily made up faces. Yes, even the boys wore make-up.

As the show went on, I began to see more familiar faces. I was slightly bothered with Vina Morales’s microphone jutting out from her light brown wig, but she didn’t even seem to notice it. That fact alone deserves props and it impressed me a lot. Admittedly, I really enjoyed her portrayal of Sherrie. But Aiza Seguerra was the one who really blew me away with her portrayal of Regina (pronounced as Re-GY-na), and other characters. If you watch the show, you’ll get what I mean.

I can’t end this post without mentioning MiG Ayesa, who plays Stacee Jaxx. It still amazes me how I was just about 2 feet away from a leather jumpsuit-clad, cowboy-hat wearing him. I felt like the girls in the show who were going crazy over Stacee. If I stood up and reached over I would have been able to touch him—but thankfully I was able to control myself from doing that.

Everyone can find something to love about the musical: the 80’s music, the performances of the actors, the whole story. As for me, I really liked everything about the whole experience. IMG_0662

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These are the only “souvenirs” that I have since taking photos isn’t allowed in the theater at all times. Oh, and a mental image of MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx grinding onstage.

Rock of Ages runs from July 12-July 28, 2013 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium at the RCBC Plaza, Makati.


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