The ‘Mega’ return

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RICKY CALDERON

RICKY CALDERON

The opening night of Sharon Cuneta’s two-night concert at The Theatre at Solaire on October 15 was a well-attended success. The audience in the orchestra section was predominantly from the AB crowd, who could afford to pay the stiff ticket prizes of P7,000 and up.

Nevertheless, the ever loyal Sharonians—the diehard fans of the Megastar who proudly belong to the Upper C and “masa” market—came in full force and occupied the balcony, cheering and applauding the loudest for their idol as they have had for decades now.

Cuneta, who has always worn her heart on her sleeve, showed just how much she appreciated every single member of the audience that night who braved the storm to see her return to the concert stage.

Sharon at The Theater had simple production values—two staircases, a live band at either side of the stage and a LED screen at the center. Direc­ted by Paolo Valenciano, the concert, nonetheless boasted of a spectacular lighting design that served to heighten the emotions in every song the Megastar sang that night.


Sharon Cuneta still has a voice  to behold and was clearly in her element from her show’s opening song ‘Bituing Walang Ningning’ up to her final piece ‘Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas’

Sharon Cuneta still has a voice to behold and was clearly in her element from her show’s opening song ‘Bituing Walang Ningning’ up to her final piece ‘Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas’

From the audience’s response, Sharon still has a voice to behold and she had them at the palm of her hands from start to finish.

Alighting the stage to the strains of “Bituing Walang Ningning,” it was clear the Megastar was in her element, but nonetheless relaxed as she conquered the stage. It was no ordinary concert either with one song sang after the next as the star indulged her audience and shared revelations about her life, loves, and her faith throughout the two-hour experience.

The lighter moments of the show included the Megastar’s announcement that she was free from wearing a girdle to the delight of the audience. She also talked about almost marrying Robin Padilla when they did the blockbuster movie Maging Sino Ka Man.

“It was two months of beautiful memories. I just came from a break up and then he courted me. And then got somebody pregnant, and it wasn’t me!” she laughed heartily.

After that spiel, she sung a glorious rendition of “Maging Sino Ka Man.”

Her recollection of “Mr. DJ” was also a winner. “God is really the source of my staying power. Imagine it all started when I was 12. Now it’s been 38 years since ‘Mr. DJ’ happened. That song changed my life dramatically.”

To everyone’s surprise, she sang her first ever hit with daughter Frankie Pangilinan in a duet, a special moment, which the Megastar said has taken “Mr. DJ” full circle.

Besides her talented daughter, the 24-strong Team Sharon from The Voice Kids also joined her on stage, with her Top 3 wards—Antoinette Tismo, Alvin Dahan and JC Tan—each given their spot numbers.

The suite easily became the highlight of the night with the Megastar passing on the torch and entrusting two of her most iconic songs to the new generation in “Bituing Walang Ningning” and “Pangarap na Bituin.”

The Megastar with daughter Frankie Pangilinan

The Megastar with daughter Frankie Pangilinan

With every song in her repertoire well applauded, she was especially praised for “Something’s Coming” from the West Side Story, “Something New in My Life” arranged a la Barbra Streisand, ‘Losing My Mind” from the Follies musical, an Ageis tribute, her rendition of Yeng Constantino’s “Ikaw,” her own “Ikaw,” and the Carpenter’s classic, “You.”

Before her finale song, Sharon emotionally thanked her fans and supporters and said, “Thirty-eight years….so many others young stars have come and gone but you chose to be with me… Salamat.”

Tears ran down the Megastar’s beautiful face—as they did on her audience—with the perfect ending and encore in “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko,” and “Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas.”

Spotted in the audience were her husband Senator Kiko Pangilinan, daughter Miel and son Miguel, brother Chet, brother and sister in law Angeli and Gary Valenciano, Donita Rose and Annabelle Rama.

The second night of Sharon @ The Theatre at Solaire goes onstage this evening.

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