Roger Lorenzo Verano Mendoza, better known as Renz Verano, first broke into the OPM music scene in the 1990s with his distinctive soulful vocals. Since then, he has released a total of 10 albums and is responsible for a number of hits that people still know so well.
Some of his popular recordings are “Remember Me”, “Lorena,” “You and I”, and “Ilang Taon Akong Umaasa,” All of which have that distinctly Filipino blend of kundiman and pop rock.
Although new music trends often enter the music scene and place his singing style in danger of being booted out of the charts, Renz has remained true to his own sound. This must also be the reason why his fans have stayed faithful to their idol, eagerly awaiting his every new album.
Despite his many victories, this artist continually challenges himself with new experiences, which is why he has decided to try something that could well be his career’s next big step: musical theater.
Renz has just been casted as Kiel in the Filipino hit comedy musical, Rak of Aegis produced by Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA). He and Lorenz Martinez take the place of Robert Seña’s Kiel, the father of protagonist Aileen, essayed by Aicelle Santos and Kim Molina.
Much as he is excited to play the role, he shares his anxiety in entering the theater arena. “I have very large shoes to fill. I am nervous because I portray a role formerly performed by Robert Seña. I only hope I can perform well,” Renz shares.
“This is very different for me. I have performed so many times but I’ve never done both acting and singing at the same time. I am not sure if I will be able to fit in, but I’ll surely do my best,” he ended.
Rak of Aegis returns to the stage from June 17 to August 16 at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, QC. For more information, log on to www.petatheater.com.