Pinky Amador brings her beloved Piaf to the live circuit
It was a dream come true for seasoned stage, TV and movie actress Pinky Amador to bring to life the legendary French singer Edith Piaf on the Philippine stage in March 2013. Considered by many theater critics as one of the best musicals of the year, owing to Pinky’s impassioned and powerful portrayal, Atlantis Production is apparently set to run the show again in the coming months, due to popular demand.
But before that, patrons of Resorts World Manila will be treated to a series of intimate performances from Pinky featuring Piaf’s most popular songs.
“I will be singing ‘La Vie En Rose’ in French, English, and—yes—Filipino,” Pinky excitedly shared at a tete-a-tete with Entertainment editors this week. “It’s [journalist]Pete Lacaba’s lyrics, and the words are so beautiful, I can’t wait to sing it for everyone.”
Titled Paris Romance with Pinky Amador, the limited-run began Saturday night, with three shows following on January 25, and February 1 and 8. Pinky is looking forward to singing her idol’s classics in a lounge set up at RWM’s Bar 360 for a number of reasons.
“I’ve missed doing this kind of show when you’re so close to the audience, and get to talk to them between songs,” she began. “I also get to sing different arrangements for Piaf’s songs, like I said with ‘La Vie En Rose;’; and more importantly, the four nights will serve as an opportunity to introduce Piaf to more Filipinos before we run the production again. Marami pa rin kasing hindi nakakakilala sa kanya.”
Edith Piaf is widely regarded in France as a “national diva” and “greatest international star.” Several plays and films about her life have been produced, the most recent of which was in 2007, with Marion Cotillard in the title role, and which won for the French actress an Oscar. (Wikipedia)
Pinky, for her part, has won the Best Actress Award from Broadway World PH for portraying Piaf, which has made her 30th year in show business truly memorable.
“I don’t peg my happiness on awards but the success of Piaf last year—award or none—has truly been great,” the actress confirmed. “I’ve always said that Piaf is my ultimate dream role, and nakatulong yata talaga yung pag punta ko sa puntod niya at pagpapalam sa kanya. Swerte yata talaga.”
And indeed, Pinky’s luck is on a role what with a very busy start of the year. Apart from the RWM shows, she is set to return to TV via Annaliza on ABS-CBN, take part in another upcoming RWM concert series, Do You Hear the People Sing, featuring the songs of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg; as well as a Repertory Production of Orange County, casting her with her legendary aunt Zenaida Amador.
“I’m very grateful for all the work that I’m doing right now,” Pinky enthused. “I really do hope that other artists can cross-over from stage to the mainstream more and more, and that one day, an actor will simply be called an actor, regardless of where he or she performs, and be allowed to thrive wherever they can.”
Paris Romance with Pinky Amador has no cover charge. Shows start at 8 p.m. at Bar 360, located at the ground Casino floor. For more information, log on to www.rwmanila.com. |