Courtesy of Viva Atlantis Theatricals
Will Tarzan soar through the trees?
As soon as I saw director Chari Arespacochaga (“The Full Monty,” “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”) at the Meralco Theater, I asked if Tarzan was going to fly. I was referring to my expectation, akin to Superman streaking across the skies, that Tarzan must be staged with the man-ape holding on to a vine and swinging through the trees (set design by Lex Marcos). Director Chari chided that I should just watch, and, to my relief, Tarzan (played by Dan Domenech) entered several scenes via the swinging vine.
Is the music taped or live?
Adding to the excitement of the Tarzan performance is the throbbing and engaging musical direction of Ceejay Javier (“Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” “Piaf”), whose thirteen-piece orchestra managed to evoke a much fuller ensemble.
Did the Igorot bahag work?
Although Viva and Atlantis Theatricals must be credited for attempting to put a Filipino touch on the adventure classic by having Tarzan wear an Igorot bahag, it must be remembered that weaving is a human endeavor, necessitating creating thread, dyeing and designing a pattern. The ensemble of actors playing the apes are already hindered by costumes with what appears to be tattoos, evoking a tribe that worships the apes, and anyone unfamiliar with the books and characters will come to the mistaken conclusion that Tarzan is adopted by an essentially human community, losing a fundamental aspect of what makes Tarzan so fascinating.
For tickets to Tarzan the musical, please call Ticketworld at 891.9999.
Thanks to Wowie for the invite.
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