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Karylle set to star in her biggest international project, The Kitchen Musical

Karylle will leave local showbiz for four months to live in Singapore.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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5/26/2011 8:30 AM
Karylle set to star in her biggest international project, The Kitchen Musical


052611-karylle_main.jpgAfter being launched as the face of Philips products in the Philippines, Karylle revealed that she is getting her biggest international break yet as one of the lead stars of The Kitchen Musical, Asia’s first ever TV musical. Karylle will make her last appearance on Showtime and ASAP this week before she flies to Singapore on Tuesday for a four-month contract which involves intensive 12-hour work days.

Karylle said it was not a hard decision for her to leave all her commitments for the meantime so she can pursue this chance at an international stage. The singer-actress will return to the Philippines by October.

The 30-year-old singer said that the upcoming project is a dream come true for her. “It’s always been my dream to be in a musical and I always felt like sana pinanganak ako nung ‘50s or ‘60s nung usong-uso yung mga musical na movies at saka laganap talaga like yung mga LVN movies or Sampaguita pictures, palagi silang naglalabas ng mga musical. And I always wished that I could be in one. Actually, ‘pag nagte-teleserye kami, every time before a take, I’d do a little dance and parang in my mind, I’m doing a musical kaya it seemed like a hopeless cause until this came along. I was so happy when it was such a big hit kasi sabi ko one day aabot rin yan sa Pilipinas and eto na nga, this is my biggest dream come true,” she shared during the Philips press conference held last May 25 at The Lounge in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

The TV musical, which also includes top Pinoy talents like Christian Bautista and Thou Reyes, will have a cast that is a mix of veterans and new faces from around the region. The show will also be broadcast in the Philippines via cable and will also be shown in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and 17 other countries. Despite her four-month absence, Karylle says she is not afraid of being forgotten by her fans. “Huwag naman sana. Pero ngayon naman kahit papaano meron akong blog sa Yahoo Philippines and I’m going to be making a lot more of blogs aside from that. Siyempre active rin ako sa Twitter. So people can expect that from me online,” she stressed.

Not exactly new to the theater scene, Karylle has worked for various theater companies in major productions like The Little Mermaid, Seussical, and The West Side Story. The Showtime host admitted she has been through her share of callbacks and rejections, but this has not deterred her from continuing to pursue opportunities that challenge her. “I auditioned for The Kitchen Musical almost ten months ago and being from theater I’ve always been open-minded about auditions. Ang problema lang kasi minsan dito sa Pilipinas, they make it a big deal ‘pag hindi mo nakuha yung part. There have been a lot of roles na hindi ko nakuha but it hasn’t stopped me from wanting to audition for more things. And finally, I got lucky and I got my biggest break through an audition in Kitchen Musical. I’ll be playing one of the leads, her name is Mandy and she’s a chef. Parang singing cooks and waiters dahil mahilig sila kumanta sa kusina. Yun yung konsept nung show,” she said.