MANILA - Nikki Gil takes on her most challenging role as a woman who falls in love and breaks up with her husband in a local staging of the acclaimed US musical "The Last Five Years" by James Robert Brown.
The show's story mimics what Gil underwent in her bittersweet relationship with singer-host Billy Crawford, which ended in July 2013 after five years.
The intimate, two-actors-only musical is billed as an inspiring and heartbreaking story of ex-lovers with their own perception of love and separation.
"Yes, this is a perfect role for me," Gil deadpanned at the Thursday launch of the show at Rockwell Makati, where she sang excerpts with co-star Joaquin Valdez.
"It is really relatable," she said with a laugh.
Asked what she learned in the last five years, Gil answered, "I learned that I can be a very giving person and I learned that I am one to throw the rule book away for love."
"But I also learned that, you know, there is a limit to how much you can handle emotionally. And sometimes you just have to love yourself first, because you cannot give what you cannot have," said Gil to the applause of media and stage colleagues.
Director Robbie Guevarra revealed two other actresses were considered for the part but Gil sealed it after a careful consideration of her professional and personal history.
"The Last Five Years" will run August 9 to 31 at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium at RCBC Plaza, Makati. It will mark Gil's third show with 9 Works Theatrical after "Sweet Charity and" "They're Playing Our Song."