The ‘Tarzan’ from New York jumps onto the local stage


Don’t let Dan Domenech’s polished Long Island, New York-breeding fool you.  He can get down and dirty and roll with the apes—in song and dance too.

Dan is Viva Atlantis Theaterical’s “import” for its upcoming production, Tarzan, The Disney Musical, which goes onstage on June 14.  This classic tale by Edgar Rice Burroughs was adapted into a smash hit animated film, and has now been re-imagined for the stage with a book by David Henry Hwang and the award-winning songs of Phil Collins.

The Manila Times sat down with Dan on Thursday, and learned just how he ended up across the seas to do this local production.

“I got a call from a friend of mine in New York that Chari Arespacochaga, who is the director for this staging, is looking for someone to do Tarzan in Manila.  I sent her a tape of me singing songs from the show and here I am!” the Latino-American actor revealed.  “It’s my first time in the Philippines, been here for two weeks and I love it.”

Dan is especially happy to be working with Atlantis’ “regulars” whom he describes as a very professional team.  “The cast is so hard-working.  There’s no drama, and everyone’s been prepared at rehearsals from the very first day.”

Joining Dan onstage are leading lady Rachelle Ann Go as Jane Porter; Ima Castro as Kala, Tarzan’s mom from his “ape family” in the jungle; Calvin Millado and Jeffrey Hidalgo as fellow apes Kerchack and Terk, respectively; and Eugene Villaluz as Professor Porter.

More in STM’s Show Times this Sunday.




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