MANILA – Kayla Rivera is happy to return to the theater scene via Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group’s staging of the Broadway hit “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”
Rivera, known to many as Princess Jasmine in Atlantis’ “Aladdin,” recently finished school in her hometown of Calgary, Canada.
“Actually, today is the day I should’ve been walking on stage back home. But I’m so happy to be here, this is way better!” she told members of the media on Wednesday.
“Just being away from it just makes me appreciate music and performing theater so much more,” she went on. “Before, doing show after show, you love it. But when you’re away from it, you realize how much you miss it and how much it makes you feel you’re home when you’re on stage.”
Rivera plays the titular role in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” which features unforgettable classics like “You’ve Got A Friend,” “One Fine Day,” and “Natural Woman,” to name a few.
She has nothing but gratitude for director Bobby Garcia for choosing her to portray the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
“This is beyond my wildest dreams… I never thought in a million years that I would be back on stage performing and doing this role. I’m just so grateful that Direk Bobby remembered me and brought me back from the other side of the world,” she said.
Rivera went on to share the challenge of being Carole King in a musical: “The sound of her voice is very unique, so I feel like no matter what I did, I really couldn’t completely get her voice.”
“But definitely, I was channeling her as much as I possibly can, watching interviews and anything about her, and just immersing myself in her amazing music. It’s such an honor,” she added.
Joining Rivera in “Beautiful: A Carole King Musical” are Nick Varricchio, Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante, George Schulze, Gab Pangilinan, Jill Peña, Jamie Wilson, Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Teetin Villanueva, Maronne Cruz, Tim Pavino, Arman Ferrer, Jep Go, Markus Mann, Nelsito Gomez, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, Gabby Padilla, Dean Rosen, and Alex Reyes.
The musical, which is part of Atlantis’ 20th anniversary season, will run at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City from June 14 to July 7. Tickets are available at Ticketworld.
Watch the cast of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” perform two songs in the video below:
Karen Flores Layno, ABS-CBN News
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