MANILA, Philippines – The iconic musical Les Miserables is coming to Manila, and the Philippines' very own Rachelle Ann Go will return home to star as the hapless, tortured soul Fantine.
The show will begin its run March 2016.
Rachelle was previously in West End’s Miss Saigon, where she played Gigi Van Tranh, a role which has earned her a number of accolades.
Other co-stars include Simon Gleeson as Jean Valjean, and opposite him, Javert will be played by Earl Carpenter, who was also part of the Broadway production of Les Mis.
After the announcement, Rachelle posted about her excitement to come home on Instagram:
Words can't describe what I'm feeling... I'm coming home next year to play Fantine in my hometown with the Australian cast! How amazing is that?! I'm excited to be with my loved ones and share with everyone what I've been doing here in London I actually prayed for this to happen because I really miss my family! Waah! God is so good p.s. when you pray it's so important to be specific hehe #thelesmisdiaryofrachelle A photo posted by Rachelle Ann Go (@gorachelleann) on Sep 16, 2015 at 3:45pm PDT
Les Miserables, fondly also known as Les Mis, follows the story of Jean Valjean, a convict who escapes from prison, where he was incarcerated for 19 years after stealing a loaf of bread and a number of escape attempts.
Les Mis is set in volatile times in 19th century France, where the divide between rich and poor is keenly felt and sentiments championing social justice are growing. Along the way, Valjean learns the true meaning of ultimate redemption and healing.
"After its Sydney and Brisbane run, I’m delighted to be bringing this new version to Manila in March, with a wonderful cast that include the current London star playing Fantine, acclaimed Philippine actress Rachelle Ann Go – who received enormous acclaim when I took her to London to appear as ‘Gigi’ in my hugely successful new production of Miss Saigon.
"Over the last 25 years I have had a wonderfully rewarding relationship with Filipino talent, introducing the best of them to audiences around the world – so I’m thrilled that this time one of my productions can be seen in its full splendor in Manila,” producer Cameron Mackintosh said in a press release.
Tickets are available at Ticketworld.com.ph and all TicketWorld outlets, and will go on sale Tuesday, September 29. – Rappler.com