I was invited to the Press Conference on May 31 at Resorts World Manila New Performing Arts Theater. When I got the invitation, my heart jumped with so much joy and I can’t help but think of the song “Tomorrow“. I remember when I was a kid, I always read this old book and imagine I am watching the musical play. I would pretend I am Annie.
I simply love Annie, that every time I hear the song “Tomorrow“, I would smile and think of my happy childhood. One summer time, my parents got me a Karaoke and I would sing the song over and over again. When my daughter turned 3, I taught her the same song.
Though Annie was an orphan, she never lost hope in finding a family that will take her. She is adventurous, very optimistic against all odds and after many unsuccessful attempts to escape from the hands of the cruel Miss Hannigan in the orphanage, she found herself in the care of a rich man named Oliver Warbucks during Christmas time through the help of Miss Grace Farell.
Who can forget the song “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”? which is also one of my favorite songs by the way.
This September, the country’s premier entertainment and tourism destination Resorts World Manila (RWM) presents it’s 7th major stage production – the beloved family musical ANNIE. In 1980, my forever singing idol no less than Lea Salonga played the title role.
This year, playing the role of Annie are Krystal Brimner, 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Child Actress winner for her role in the indie film “Honor Thy Father” and Isabeli Araneta Elizalde, a newcomer hailing from one of the entertainment industry’s more prominent families, who both bested hundreds of other hopefuls auditioning for the role. Six members of the orphans cast also had their share of limelight. Joining these very talented kids for the main roles are award winning actor Michael De Mesa who will play the wealthy Oliver “Daddy Warbucks, the first lady of Philippine Theater Menchu Launchengo -Yulo as Miss Agatha Hannigan, Hill Pena as Secretary Grace Farell and Mako Alonso and Red Concepcion alternating as the conniving Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan.
ANNIE opens on September 30, 2016 at Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. For more information call the hotline (632) 9088833 or visit the website www.rwmanila.com.
I really can’t wait to see the musical -ANNIE!
I can see myself sticking out my chin and grin and say “Tomorrow, tomorrow , i love yah, tomorrow, you’re always a day away!” coz the sun will come out on stage real soon!