Award-winning Filipina performer Rachelle Ann Go thanked the Filipinos after the well-received Manila run of the hit musical “Les Miserables” came to a close on Sunday night (May 1).
The final show at the Theatre in Solaire saw the Filipina actress gave a moving performance together with international artists Simon Gleeson and Earl Carpenter, and the whole Les Miserables Australia company.
In an Instagram post, the theatre actress thanked the Filipinos for all the support that she and the whole production received from the very first day of their staging on March 11.
“Maraming salamat MANILA! It has been a pleasure performing in my hometown! I hope you all enjoyed Les Miserables! Thank you to the whole team of Les Mis Manila also, you all have a special place in my heart... I will miss you all!” she said.
Go also expressed hope to perform again in her own country someday. “Whew! Til we meet again. To God be the glory! #thelesmisdiaryofrachelle,” she added.
The musical is based on the novel "Les Misérables" by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. Premiering in Paris in 1980, it has music by the widely-acclaimed Claude-Michel Schönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an English-language libretto by Herbert Kretzmer. The London production has run continuously since October 1985 – the longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world after “The Fantasticks” original Off-Broadway run.
In the musical, Rachalle Ann Go played the role of Fantine and gave a raw and soulful performance of “I Dreamed a Dream,” earning praises even from Broadway superstar Lea Salonga.
In a Youtube post, Go told Paul Wilkins, her co-star how special it is to perform in front of the Filipino audience. "This is actually extra special because it's my home town, my family's around, my friends, my fellow Filipinos are watching this show. The intensity, the fire I share with everyone is different. It's more, I guess," she said.
"It feels good. I feel like I enjoy what I'm doing more, I'm trying to embrace everything even more," she added.