After 23 years, veteran singer Gary Valenciano is returning to the theater scene as part of the 2022 run of Trumpet's longest-running musical Joseph the Dreamer.
The country's "Mr. Pure Energy", who played the titular role in 1999, will now portray Joseph's father, Jacob, in the musical which is scheduled for July.
"I'm really, really, really thankful that things just fell into place and I have a chance to be a part of Joseph The Dreamer again," Gary said in a virtual press conference last Tuesday, June 28.
"More than being nervous I'm really excited to be a part of this and to express myself the way I am," he added. "I'm excited."
Asked what he expects from this restaging of Joseph the Dreamer, Gary said that it would be his dream for the audience to come into the theater with no face masks on so they could see their expressions.
"Because they're seeing ours, it would be nice to theirs as well," he said.
"But other than that, I would like to maybe see the effect that it is going to have on people. But we will only find out about that later on, when we get feedback as to how the show impacted people's lives. And that for me is when we can really say that Joseph the Dreamer was a success."
Gary is working with his son, director Paolo Valenciano, in this year's production of the hit musical play. According to Paolo, directing his father in Joseph the Dreamer isn't too difficult since they have been working together for over 10 years now.
"I've been working with my dad as a director for over 10 years na I think. So that wasn't too difficult, the dynamic there isn't complicated between the two of us. I know what his strengths are, I know what makes him uncomfortable. So it's easy for me to navigate or to work with him," he said.
"Because of my relationship with my dad, it's so easy for me to kind of push him towards a direction that makes it more believable," he added. "Because I've experienced it firsthand being loved by a father, having that relationship with a father, and so we're trying to emulate or find those truths or those real moments, and we want to be able to see those moments happen between him and Sam (Concepcion), between Jacob and all the other sons."
The 2022 run of Joseph the Dreamer marks Trumpets's return to live theater following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sam Concepcion will reprise his role as Joseph, as would the other cast members that were part of the 2020 staging: Audie Gemora as Jacob, Kayla Rivera as Asenath, Carlo Orosa as Pharaoh, and Bituin Escalante as Rachel.
Catch Joseph the Dreamer at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Taguig this July 2022 Tickets for the production are still available via Ticketworld.