'Miss Saigon' audition like a rollercoaster: Karylle

By David Dizon, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Nov 23 2012 06:15 PM | Updated as of Nov 26 2012 07:20 PM

Karylle and K-La Rivera. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines - The auditions for the West End revival of the international hit musical “Miss Saigon" were like a roller coaster, according to Kapamilya talent and "Kitchen Musical" star Karylle.

"Auditions are crazy. If you have a bucket list, it should be there. Even if you are not a professional singer, just for the experience. It's kind of like falling in a roller coaster. I was dizzy for a whole hour after the audition," Karylle said in an interview on ANC's Headstart.

Karylle received a callback after the initial round of auditions but did not make it further.

On the other hand, former MYX VJ and Star Power contestant K-La Rivera made it as far as the dance audition on Thursday.

"I made it to the dance audition, which was yesterday. The dance audition was like, it was really sexy dancing. Like the bar scene, there was a lot of freestyling so I was like oh my gosh, nahiya ako. It was really dancing and there were so many amazing dancers. They also got other girls to sing the song again," she said.

Both Karylle and K-La were asked to sing the song "I Give My Life For You" during the audition. Karylle said she was asked to sing "Gigi" but admitted that the song is not really in her range.

Karylle said she is thankful for the Miss Saigon audition, saying all theater actors have to undergo an audition at some point.

The singer, who is also part of the hit noontime show "It's Showtime", said she felt sad that some talents decided to skip the auditions because of fear.

"How will you know if a part is right for you, if you never even went to the audition process? That's how they do it in other countries. Here, we are not so welcoming of it because 'Ay, hindi ka natanggap. Bakit ganun?' E baka di naman bagay sa iyo, di ba?  May dahilan din naman," she said.

At the close of the Manila auditions of the international hit musical “Miss Saigon” on Thursday, only six female hopefuls were asked to stay until the very end.

According to the official Twitter account of the website Broadway World, the six girls were asked to stay and sing more songs from the musical that launched the international career of Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga.

The auditions, which started at 10 a.m., ended at almost 7 p.m.

Among the most hyped hopefuls eyeing the lead role of Kim in the musical set during the final days of the Vietnam War, only former Kapamilya singer Rachelle Ann Go made it until the very end.

Go, who drew raves for her performance as Ariel in Atlantis Productions' "The Little Mermaid" last year, first auditioned on Tuesday and made it to the callbacks and the final audition round on Thursday at the Philippine Opera Company’s headquarters in Makati City.

The other five girls who made it until the very end were theater actresses Tanya Manalang and Apple Chiu, singer-actress Frencheska Farr, Emerald Bañares and Mary Jane Solomon.

Manalang currently stars as Tuptim in Resorts World’s production of “The King and I,” while Chiu was last seen in Atlantis Productions’ “Rock of Ages.” Farr, meanwhile, starred in the movie musical “Emir.”