Singer Rachel Alejandro, also renowned for her successful stint in the multiple award-winning 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Larawan, and internationally acclaimed theater actress and performer Carla Gueverra-Laforteza reprise their roles as alternates of the feisty and funny Lady of the Lake headlining Upstart Productions’ 2018 restaging of Monty Python’s Spamalot.
This year, audiences will surely roll in the aisles of the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater at the BGC Arts Centre, Taguig City with 10 shows from April 13 to 15 and April 20 to 22.
In its press preview on Thursday, April 12, not only did we see Carla again channel pop diva lore with her effortless vocal calisthenics, but likewise witness her grace the stage again with outlandish Francis Libiran-made outfits as the satirical, divalicious ruler of Avalon, who gave Arthur his Excalibur. Rachel will also play the Lady of the Lake on select playdates, including the premiere on Friday, April 13.
Noted Filipino theater luminaries will likewise let loose anew with royal inanities as Camelot’s—or should we say Spamalot’s—knights, led by King Arthur, who is played once more by Forbidden Broadway and A Comedy of Tenors star Lorenz Martinez. He is delightful as the shining Excalibur-wielding King of England once more, with his silent, able and deadpan funny assistant Patsy, played anew by stage veteran Domi Espejo well remembered for his role as the Kayumanggilas leader Senyor Blanco in Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady.
In their quest for the Holy Grail, Arthur and the riotous knights Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, and Sir Gallahad take us right into their resplendently silly journey as commissioned by God Himself battling killer rabbits, pompous Frenchmen, rollicking forest creatures, and one too confident black knight.
All these witty characters, played by acclaimed thespians Bibo Reyes (Matilda), George Schulze (The Horse and His Boy), newcomer Dean Rosen and chameleon-like multiple role players Chino Veguillas (West Side Story), Reb Atadero (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and Noel Rayos, who we all raved about in La Cage Aux Folles and The Producers, guarantee another cheerful shift to the “dork ages.” Ensemble members include Roxy Aldiosa and Rachel Coates.
This second run, also directed by Joel Trinidad and Nicky Triviňo, of the show poking fun at the Arthurian legend on Philippine soil is such a welcome addition to the local theater scene this year.