A Wicked farewell
MANILA, Philippines – The Manila run of world-renowned musical Wicked comes to an end.
This goodbye came with tears, laughter and a serenade.
G Töngi reports.
Wicked in Manila closes its curtain after a successful run of 42 shows. It's a bittersweet ending for the entire cast. Glinda, played by Suzie Mathers, graduates from the show after 6 years. Next stop in a couple of weeks is their home turf in Melbourne, Australia.
I'm here at the CCP artist entrance for the closing night of Wicked. The fans have come in droves just to wish the Australian cast goodbye as they head back to Australia. Indeed it's a touching moment. The fans of the show couldn't let the Australian cast go home without a memorable goodbye.
They patiently waited for the cast to appear to serenade them with one of the songs from the show, For Good.
STEVE DANIELSEN, FIYERO IN WICKED: Aww, I mean after tonight, I was tearing up like a three year old on stage. You guys are amazing! You know, standing ovations every night, so generous, so loving. We're just so happy to be here!
EMILE CASCARINO, NESSAROSE IN WICKED: It's sad. It's bittersweet. Im excited to go home and see my family and friends again but we'll miss you guys so much. You've been so kind to us. Thank you for having us, sincerely from our hearts!
EDWARD GREY, BOQ IN WICKED: Overwhelmed! It's so beautiful. Honestly, more than any of us could have expected. We couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome!
Glinda and Elphaba are here to greet the fans. The Filipinos are in love with them. They just can't get enough of Wicked!
Jenn Gaisano a graduating communications major from Ateneo organized the seranade for the cast. Gaisano says the show has changed her life.
JENN GAISANO, WICKED FAN: Being changed for good, that's really something that puts a handprint on our hearts. (Are you sad they're leaving?) Definitely sad! I'm gonna miss them. It's Suzie's last season! Watched Wicked 5 times, once in Singapore and 4 times in the Philippines!
It's been a memorable time at the theater and the fans keep clamoring. It's been Wicked!
G Tongi, Rappler Manila. – Rappler.com