Regine Velasquez says that she has long been wanting to stage a show based on musicals.
If, as she claimed, performing her songs for her latest concert titled Regine at The Theater has been a struggle, the Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez certainly didn't show any signs of it during her Saturday show at The Theater at Solaire Resorts and Casino.
Regine's show centers on show tunes from Broadway, West End, and local theaters performances. According to her, it's something that she has long wanted to do but unfortunately failed to do so because the characters performing the songs involve varying emotions. Her guests include Audie Gemora, Jonalyn Viray, and Aicelle Santos as alternates.
Nevertheless, Regine's show displayed her artistry and her vocal versatility.
Push lists down seven notable moments that fans can probably look forward to in the next two shows on November 20 and 21.
1. First Filipino song
While it was not the only Filipino song that she performed, Regine's rendition of Aegis hit "Halik" which was part of the well-received local musical Rak of Aegis. Not only did she perfectly hit the high notes, but Regine also reinvented it as she sang it with a group of backup singers dressed in choir robes.
2. First request
While conceptualizing her concert, Regine said that she had a tough time trimming down her setlist. But there is one song, that she didn't have a hard time including on the list and that is "Tomorrow" from the play Annie, which according to her was a personal request of her only son Nate.
3. First Miss Saigon audition piece
One might think that with her career and her shows that Regine has practically sung every song there is. But as it turns out, there are some she had yet to perform in front of a crowd. A good example of it was her Miss Saigon audition piece, the Les Miserables song "On My Own."
4. First tearful song
As she has been inclined with performing pop or her own songs in her past concerts coupled with the fact that she has now shunned acting, it's almost rare to see her shedding tears. It appeared that Regine got carried away while performing the Last Five Years' most painful song titled "Still Hurting."
5. First duet with musical director Raul Mitra
For a while now, Regine has had Raul Mitra, her sister's hisband as her musical director. However, it was the first time in a long while that she and Raul have vocally collaborated while onstage and that's exactly what they did when they sang "Phantom of the Opera."
6. First song with Audie Gemora
It's not really common knowledge that Regine actually traces her acting roots to theater, especially since she's better known for being a singer than an actress. But Regine made a trip down the memory lane during her show as she sang a song from the Ryan Cayabyab created-musical Noli Me Tangere opposite he co-star Audie Gemora.
7. Finale medley Dreamgirls
Just when one thinks that Regine is done wowing the crowd with songs from divas like Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey, as well as popular shows like Wicked and Miss Saigon, Regine capped off her show with a medley from Dreamgirls which got her audience dancing on their feet.
Catch the remaining Regine at The Theater shows on November 20 and 21 at The Theater at Solaire Resorts and Casino.