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Rachelle Ann Go: West End, here I come

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RACHELLE Ann Go, who plays Gigi in the coming revival of “Miss Saigon,” stars in a send-off concert on Feb. 22 at Meralco Theater. RODEL ROTONI

All she ever wanted to do was sing, record one album and star in one big concert. Rachelle Ann Go did all that—and then some, after winning the 2004 singing contest, “Search for a Star.” For a while, the 27-year-old thought that was it, she couldn’t ask for more. She was wrong.   Throughout her [...]

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Escape

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As I write, New Year’s Eve is just a few days away. I’ll be honest; it isn’t always my favorite time of the year, for very selfish, self-centered reasons.

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Jon Jon Briones–truly homegrown talent

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BRIONES. Reprises demanding and attention-calling role.

Kudos to Rachel Ann Go for getting the plum supporting role of Gigi in next year’s revival production of “Miss Saigon” in London. We’re sure that Isay Alvarez, the role’s originator in the hit musical’s first production, will give Rachel Ann very helpful advice on how to make full use of the golden opportunity for artistic growth and fulfillment that’s just been presented to her.

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Jon Jon Briones: from Magno Rubio to The Engineer (again)

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Fresh from his acclaimed performance as the fictional version of the late Dr. Haing S. Ngor (Oscar winner for “The Killing Fields”) in “Sweet Karma,” a play staged in Burbank, California, Jon Jon Briones is posed to return next year to the West End in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of “Miss Saigon.” Based in LA, where his TV credits include “The Mentalist” (he portrays Mr. Lam) that airs in the US on Dec. 1, “Bones” and as Asian Elvis in “Sons of Anarchy,” Jon Jon as The Engineer may earn a new round of honors and other breaks when the musical opens in May.

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Advice from first ‘Miss Saigon’ to Filipino newbies

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Dear “Saigon” newbies Eva, Julia, Tanya, and Rachelle Ann: Congratulations on being cast in the 2014 West End production of “Miss Saigon!”

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Who’s that Engineer?

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“Miss Saigon” producer Cameron Mackintosh expressed very little doubt that Jon Jon Briones would be “perfect” as The Engineer in the mammoth musical’s West End revival in May 2014.

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First step in Rachelle Ann’s ‘Saigon’ journey

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We were there when GMA 7 singer-actress Rachelle Ann Go tried her luck in the Manila tryouts for “Miss Saigon.” On Friday, a year later, she was told she had landed the role of Gigi, leader of the bar girls, in the West End revival of the musical. The Inquirer caught her registering with other aspirants—the first step in her “Saigon” journey. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Heard: From the first Kim to the new one

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Lea Salonga, the original Kim in “Miss Saigon,” offers some very useful tips to Eva Noblezada, who will play the role in next year’s revival of the West End musical: “Pace yourself. This show is a marathon, not a sprint. Take each moment in the play as it comes, and don’t let the score drive you crazy. Set keys for the songs that you’ll be able to sustain for a week. Be smart. Have a fantastic time! Take plenty of pictures. And get plenty of sleep.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Tip from original ‘Miss’

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LEA SALONGA, the original Kim in “Miss Saigon,” gave this tip to Rachelle Ann Go, who will play Gigi in the musical’s revival: “Just take the experience for all it’s worth. Study, visit museums (in London) and the countryside. You’ll have time during the day once the show is running … Meet people, enjoy yourself.” [...]

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Filipinos star Rachelle Ann Go in ‘Miss Saigon’ revival

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The first message of congratulations that Rachelle Ann Go received was from Lea Salonga.

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Tryouts a boon for her

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One thing Frencheska Farr has learned from theater: Auditions are SOP for entertainers.

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‘Les Mis’ movie here–can ‘Miss Saigon’ be far behind?

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AMANDA Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne in “Les Miserables”

Musical-theater producer Cameron Mackintosh has finally shown the long-awaited film version of his hit stage musical, “Les Miserables,” so fans are nagging him about filming his other big hit, “Miss Saigon.”   His guarded response: It depends on how well the “Les Mis” film does at the box office. Well, we heard, it is doing [...]

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