Christian Bautista not yet ready for 'Miss Saigon'

By Karen Flores,

Posted at Nov 01 2012 01:31 PM | Updated as of Nov 02 2012 03:25 AM

Christian Bautista (left) and Karylle star in the upcoming revival of "Rama Hari." Photo: Handout

MANILA, Philippines – Unlike most Filipino singers, balladeer Christian Bautista is not setting his eyes on a role in the hit international musical “Miss Saigon,” which is scheduled to hold auditions here this month.

While he considers the project as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve worldwide fame, Bautista said he is not yet ready to be part of “Miss Saigon” as it entails leaving the country for a long time.

The hit musical launched the international career of Filipino singer Lea Salonga, who played the lead role of Kim.

“Of course it’s a once-in-a-lifetime worldwide event na makasama ka sa ‘Miss Saigon,’ but I feel like I’m not ready yet,” Bautista, one of the Southeast Asian celebrity ambassadors of Microsoft, told during the recent Windows 8 Asia Pacific launch in Singapore.

“Because you’re going to leave for a long time. Minimum is four months, five months, six months. If it runs, magiging two years,” he added. “Right now, I’d rather stay in the Asia Pacific region.”

Singer-actress Karylle, Bautista’s co-star in the Pan-Asian series “The Kitchen Musical,” STAGES’ production of “West Side Story” and the upcoming remake of “Rama Hari,” has revealed that she is planning to audition for the role of Kim in the revival of “Miss Saigon” in London next year.

The auditions are tentatively set from November 19 to 22 at the Opera Haus of The Philippine Opera Company in Makati.

“Ako I’ll audition because I really audition for everything. That’s how I got ‘The Kitchen Musical,’ I auditioned for it,” she told in a previous interview.

“Kasi alam mo in America, that’s how they do it. Parang here, siguro mayroon lang kasing kambal na intriga, ‘yung hindi mo makuha ‘yung role. Like I’ve auditioned for so many things talaga. Na-realize ko naman ‘yung mga hindi ko nakuha ay hindi naman talaga para sa akin,” she added.

Karylle is part of the “wish list” of Filipino female singers that “Miss Saigon” Philippine representative Dong Alegre wants to see audition for the role of Kim in the revival of the international musical.

The others include Rachelle Ann Go, Denise Laurel, K-La Rivera and Angeline Quinto.

“Miss Saigon” premiered in London in 1989 with Salonga and 13 other Filipinos, including Monique Wilson, Isay Alvarez, Robert Seña, Pinky Amador, Michael Williams and Junix Inocian.