Acclaimed singer-songwriter and musical theater performer Nyoy Volante slips into his Victorian coat as Signor Adolfo Pirelli on the Filipino adaptation of Sweeney Todd, running this October at the Theatre at Solaire, Pasay City. Joining an already stellar cast top-billed by joins Tony and Olivier Award winner Lea Salonga, rock icon Jett Pangan, Ima Castro, Andrew Fernando, and Gerald Santos, Volante portrays the rival barber of the titular character.
Volante isn't new to the Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group, the production company behind Sweeney Todd. The It's Showtime's "Tawag Ng Tanghalan" judge has been performing with the company for 17 years, having first appeared in the ensemble of The Rocky Horror Show back in 2001. He last portrayed Lola in Kinky Boots, which shot him further to star status. He has also appeared in Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, In The Heights, Rock Of Ages, The Addams Family, Shrek, and Jersey Boys.
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As Atlantis' 20th season special directed by Bobby Garcia, Sweeney Todd marks the first stage production that Volante, Salonga, and Pangan will be working on together.
"Aside, from having the honor to perform beside theater royalties Lea Salonga and Jett Pangan, I also can’t wait to take on this Sondheim mammoth. Atlantis has really brought out the big guns for their 20th anniversary and capping it off with this masterpiece is like the big bloody cherry on top," Volante said in a statement.
Sweeney Todd, a musical masterpiece by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, first opened on Broadway in 1979. A tale of a barber in London who murders his clients inside his shop, the piece is regarded as a "bloody" worldwide success with eight Tony Awards (including Best Musical) for its Broadway premiere and the Oliver Award for Best New Musical.
Sweeney Todd caps Atlantis’ 20th Anniversary season which has included acclaimed runs of Angels In America: Millennium Approaches, Beautiful and the launch of its new division ATLANTIS IMAGINARIUM YOUNG THEATRE (AIYT) with its premiere production Madagascar: A Musical Adventure. Sweeney Todd runs from October 11-27, 2019 at the Theatre at Solaire. For ticket information, contact Ticketworld at 891-9999 or via ticketworld.com.ph.
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Photos courtesy of Atlantis