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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 11, 2015

Regine Velasquez Tribute Concert To Musical Theatre At Solaire Is Absolutely Worth Watching!

CONGRATULATIONS to Regine Velasquez for her successful opening night last Friday of her concert, “Regine at the Theatre”, at Solaire Hotel and Resort. She hasn’t had a solo concert for a while and this tribute of her to musical theatre is really worth watching. She opened it with her knockout rendition of “I Am What I Am” from “La Cage Aux Folles”, with a singing and dancing ensemble of about 20 people interspersing it with songs from other musicals like “The King and I”, “Singin’ in the Rain”, “A Chorus Line”, “Jekyll and Hyde”, etc. It was a very rousing production number, a perfect way to start the show.

She closed the first act with “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked” and opened it with the title song from “Phantom of the Opera” sung with her brother in law, Raul Mitra, who’s also the musical director, as the Phantom. The encore finale is “And I Am Telling You” from “Dreamgirls” (along with “One Night Only”) and she demonstrates other singers still cannot hold a candle to her when doing such birit numbers.

Another standout number is her version of “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady” where she did some comedy while attempting to dance with some dancers who cannot even lift her while. The song is given other dance arrangements, like ‘cha cha’ which she says is “kaya ko ‘to.” We also enjoyed the Aegis’ “Halik” number, her homage to “Miss Saigon” doing duets with Aicelle Santos, her tribute to Ryan Cayabyab with Audie Gemora doing a song from “Noli Me Tangere” as Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara. We also enjoyed “Climb Every Mountain” from “The Sound of Music”, “Corner of the Sky” from “Pippin”, “Still Hurting” from “The Last Five Years”, “On My Own” from “Les Miz”, and her very moving number with her son, “Tomorrow”, from “Annie”. Bravo, Reinge! Those who still want to watch it can catch it on November 20 and 21. And Regine could very well stage a Part Two of this, with more songs from Broadway musicals that she hasn’t included in this one. We’d like to hear her sing “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man” from “Showboat”, “How are Things in Glocca Morra” from “Finian’s Rainbow”, “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl”, “Before the Parade Passes By” from “Hello Dolly”, “Some Enchanted Evening” from “South Pacific”, “Maybe This Time” from “Cabaret”, “With One Look” from “Sunset Boulevard”, “All That Jazz” or “Class” from “Chicago”, “I Loved You Once in Silence” from “Camelot”, “Minsan ang Minahal ay Ako” from “Katy” and “Kasalanan Ko” from “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady”. The list is endless, really!