Review: Janella shines in 'Disney in Concert'

Fred Hawson

Posted at Nov 20 2016 12:10 PM

MANILA -- The show "Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time" was re-staged Saturday night at the KIA Theater in Cubao, Quezon City, and will have a second show Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.

It was generally the same show presented two years, with the same set of original Disney music rendered for us by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga. Stage direction was again by Mickey Munoz.

Of the original cast, Morissette, Carla Laforteza and Arman Ferrer were still present, as well as Bituin Escalante for the encore.

Theater actor Jef Flores took over songs like "I Got a Dream," "Trust in Me" and "Kiss the Girl." "The Voice of the Philippines" finalist Timmy Pavino took over Sam Concepcion's roles as Flynn and Naveen, as well as "Beauty and the Beast" and "In Summer." Stage diva Tanya Manalang took over Karylle's songs, particularly killing her Tiana solo "Almost There."

Teen superstar Janella Salvador took over Caisa Borromeo's Rapunzel songs, as well as Anna's "For the First Time in Forever," which was her best song of the show.

Janella Salvador looked and sounded like a true Disney princess. Photo by author

For a change, in addition to "A Friend Like Me" in the first act, there were two more songs under the theme of sidekick characters. Lumiere's "Be Our Guest" was rendered by Flores, while Sebastian's "Under the Sea" was sung by Pavino. Meanwhile, the instrumental number of "The Band Concert" was scrapped.

The same crisp high-definition video showed the classic Disney film scenes in spectacular color and detail. I still wished there were lyrics on that screen for those of us simply itching to sing along with the amazing performers onstage.

Anyhow, the same smile was on my face the whole time. This show is guaranteed to imbue its audience with a warm happy feeling. It did for me two years ago, and it did again last night.

This review was originally published in the author's blog, "Fred Said."