MANILA – Gary Valenciano returns to musical theater after 23 years.
The interpreter of Kapamilya will play the role of Jacob, the father of Joseph, in the return of the oldest musical of the trumpets “Joseph the dreamer” scheduled for July 2022.
During a virtual press conference on Tuesday, Valenciano shared how he felt about being part of the series again. He first played the lead role of Joseph in the 1999 musical.
“To be part of this cast, you have no choice but to put all your energy into it. You have to do it. Because if you don’t, you will be left behind in one way or another. another,” he said.
“What I love about it is that – I’m turning 40 next year – to keep moving like Sam (Concepcion) and everyone else is doing, I don’t know if I can keep going like it longer. I can move a bit. But I never want to try to push myself to the point where people start worrying about kung kaya pa,” he added.
Valenciano thinks “Joseph the Dreamer” is the perfect platform to express his voice in a different way “because I play it”.
“Some of the songs can really touch the heart of whoever plays Jacob. It’s really not a challenge for me how can I put my energy out there because it really requires it. I’m ready for that. More than being nervous, I’m ready for it,” he said.
The musical’s 2022 broadcast signals the return of trumpets to live theater.
Concepcion reprises the role of Joseph with a stellar cast that includes Kayla Rivera (Asenath), Carlo Orosa (Pharaoh) and Bituin Escalante (Rachel, Joseph’s mother), who will also be playing the same roles they played in 2020.
Carla Guevarra-Laforteza and Neo Rivera will also play Rachel and Joseph, respectively, in select shows. Meanwhile, musical theater veteran Audie Gemora will play Jacob alternately with Valenciano.
When asked how it felt to have two father figures in the musical, Concepcion said: “It’s amazing. You thought the show couldn’t get any better after our first run. It was such a success. It was such a great run. great cast. Now with the addition of our new cast members plus Tito Gary playing Jacob, it’s amazing. It’s 100 times now.
Concepcion acknowledged that he had such huge shoes to fill “to be able to play Joseph with the creators of the role”.
“Now they’re actually there in the cast watching me too. It’s huge for me and it pushes me to do even better on this run. Tito Gary and Tito Audie are two very different Jacobs. I love that dynamic to have both of them as two different fathers. It’s very rewarding for me to play this role with them,” he said.
Gemora, for her part, called this new staging of “Joseph the Dreamer” a “Race by Gary Valenciano.”
“We had already spoken to Gary from that first broadcast. I knew in my mind that we would have a tour of Gary Valenciano. But I was very ambitious about it. I wanted to put him in a new theater. I was so ready that Gary will open in that 1,500 seater… Actually, it’s a Gary Valenciano run. I’m just an extra here on the days he couldn’t do it. In our minds, it was really going to be Sam and Gary,” he said.
Other cast members are Alys Serdenia, Aldo Vencilao, RJ Dela Fuente, Matthew Barbers, Carlos Canlas, Paul Anthony Valdez, Jim Ferrer, Renz Bernardo, Edrei Tan, Dan Delgado, Diego Aranda, Eggo Velasco, Mateo Jimenez, Anton Posadas , Kiara Dario, Jom Logdat, Coleen Paz, Samantha Libao, Kathleen Francisco and Justine Narciso, and young actors Elai Estrella and Eli Luis.
Valenciano’s son, Paolo, will lead the show along with Nelsito Gomez. Myke Salomon is the musical director, while MJ Arda is the choreographer.
“Joseph The Dreamer” will be presented at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig from July 15th to 31st.