Christian Bautista said that it makes him feel comfortable that Karylle is his leading lady for the upcoming theater production of Rama Hari. He and Karylle have worked together on many plays and TV projects. “Kaye (Karylle) and I have done so many things together and we know each other. We support each other in everything that we do and for another show like this, for me, ang sarap na katrabaho si Kaye especially on the stage. There’s no other place where we’re more comfortable,” said Christian. The hit pop ballet musical by Ballet Philippines will run from November 30 to December 9 at the CCP Main Theater.
Christian said he is also glad to be part of Rama Hari, a Pinoy production amidst the proliferation of foreign plays and acts in the country. “Ito ang isang paraan para i-remake ang isang napakagandang musical na ginawa noong ‘80s sa henerasyon na ito, na meron tayo nito, meron tayong napakagandang musical na ginawa dati na gusto naming ipakitang muli.”
Christian admitted that he also feels pressured to be one of the leads. music icons Basil Valdez and Kuh Ledesma top billed the staging the popular play years ago.
Christian shared, “Medyo kinakabahan, medyo napi-pressure nang konti pero ang nagda-drive sa amin, ipakita muli ang kultura ng Pilipino sa ballet, sa musika, sa lyrics na magaling tayo na gusto naming ipakita. Na ‘yung Filipino culture, music na ipakita natin na masyado na tayong natatabunan ng ibang foreign acts na we respect and want to watch as well. Pero meron din tayong magagandang [plays na] kailangan nating ilabas.”
Although he and Karylle already have successful careers on TV, the two still do not mind appearing on plays once in a while. “Hindi na siguro mawawala sa amin ‘yon. Theater will always be part of us,” explained Christian.