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Friday, September 30, 2016

Repost: Rachelle Ann Go and Devin Ilaw Join Broadway Staging of Miss Saigon

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Rachelle Ann Go (as Gigi) and Devin Ilaw (as Thuy) have joined the cast of Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg's legendary musical Miss Saigon, which begins performances Wednesday, March 1 at The Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). Directed by Laurence Connor (LES MISERABLES, School of Rock), the Broadway return of Miss Saigon will feature its American stars, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer and 20-year-old Eva Noblezada as Kim, who created their roles in the West End to great acclaim. Opening night for Miss Saigon will be Thursday, March 23. Miss Saigon will play a limited engagement through January 14, 2018 before launching a North American tour later in the year.

Rachelle Ann Go (Gigi). Rachelle Ann reprises her acclaimed West End performance as Gigi in Miss Saigon, for which she was named Best Supporting Actress in A Musical at the 2015 What's On Stage Awards. She began her career by winning a nationally-televised singing competition at the age of 17 in her native Philippines. She has since released seven multi-platinum solo albums and has appeared in various shows and international concerts.Additional theater credits include Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Manila), Jane Porter in Tarzan (Manila), and Fantinein LES MISERABLES (in the West End and Manila). Her stunning performance is captured on film in Miss Saigon -The 25th Anniversary Performance, screened this month in cinemas across the country, and next month around the world. Rachelle Ann Go is appearing in Miss Saigon with the support of Actors' Equity Association.

Devin Ilaw (Thuy) most recently performed in the new Broadway production of Les Misèrables. He also played Marius in the 25th Anniversary North American Tour of the musical. Devin has been seen as Song Liling in M.Butterfly, Evan in Wearing Black, Lun Tha in The King & I, and Thuy in Miss Saigon (2010 Toronto Revival). Concert performances include Billy Bigelow in Carousel with the National Asian Artists Project and Soloist in Bernstein'sMass with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Yannick Nèzet-Sèguin. Regional performances include North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Marriott Lincolnshire, Dallas Summer Musicals, Music Theatre of Wichita, and Prospect Theatre Company. Devin is also an accomplished classical pianist and holds a BFA in Acting and Music Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University.

The new production of Miss Saigon opened in London in May 2014 to record-breaking advance sales and critical acclaim. Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph wrote, "This thrilling new production spills out beyond the theater and speaks directly to the times we live in - magnificent performances." Dominic Maxwell in The Times called the production "thrilling, soaring and spectacular." The reviews for its stars were also raves. David Benedict in Variety wrote, "In an astonishing stage debut, Eva Noblezada gives a thrilling performance as Kim, with poise, power and a superb voice." And Dominic Maxwell in The Times said Jon Jon Briones plays the Engineer with "brilliant, avaricious charm."

MISS SAIGON swept the board at the 2015 Whatsonstage.com awards winning a record breaking nine awards, the most awards ever won by a single show in the 15-year history of the awards including: Best West End Show; Best Revival of a Musical; Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Eva Noblezada) and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Jon Jon Briones).

MISS SAIGON tells the story of young bar girl named Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with Chris, an American GI - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

MISS SAIGON has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler. The new production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Production design is by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux; costume design by Andreane Neofitou; lighting design by Bruno Poet; sound design by Mick Potter; and orchestrations by William David Brohn.

Since its London premiere in 1989, Cameron Mackintosh's production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's epic musical Miss Saigon has become one of the most successful musicals in history. The original Broadway production of Miss Saigon opened on April 11, 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million). The show went on to play for nearly ten years and 4,063 performances seen by more than 5.9 million people. Miss Saigon has been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 awards including 2 Olivier Awards, 3 Tony Awards, and 4 Drama Desk Awards and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.

Tickets are available at saigonbroadway.com and at telecharge.com, or by phone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 447-7400 and at the Broadway Theatre box office.

77 comments:

  1. Congrats ms rachelle. You make us all proud

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    1. hay bongga. male crush ko kaya si devin ilaw.

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  2. Bongga! Leaving PH and pursuing her dream is one of Rachelle's best decision.

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  3. Damn girl! So proud of her! Sya na rin nagsabi na mahirap makapasok sa Broadway because of Equity Assoc... Pero wow! She deserves it!

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  4. Congrats Rachelle Ann Go !!!

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  5. And the winner is . Rachelle ann go..bashers pasok..hahaha..west end and broadway..dahil sa talent nya dinala sya sa New york..

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    1. Wala naman atang bashers si Rachelle, umi-issue ka lang.

      Full support ang nation sa kanya.

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    2. Pinagsasabong lang sila nung isang pinakasikat na singer sa Phil! Lam na! Haha

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  6. mas ok na to kaysa sa Divas concert. tama lang na dyan sya magfocus.

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  7. This girl has so much to offer. Hollywood i can feel you.

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  8. Swerte ni rachelle Ann go Sana naging ganyan din c Sarah kesa puro jowa inaatupag

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    1. hep hep hep...idamay ba si sarah?? cmon sarah accomplished many things na and hello she is already rich and hello ngayon lang nag ka love life un tao after working hard for her family for many years. atleast nun inatupag nya un jowa nya eh mayaman at super sikat na sya. let just be happy for them bcoz they are bff.

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    2. bakit nadamay si sarah? musical theater ang career path na pinili ni rachel, si sarah iba din. so wag magcompare. plus FOCUS tayo sa achievement ni rachelle and don't use it as an opportunity to bash another person. Congrats Rachelle! you make the Philippines proud!

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    3. Ganyan ka-tards mga fans ni Rachelle, idamay ba sina Sarah and others. Wagas makapag you make us proud at makapag Hollywood chorva ang mga ito.

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    4. Dapat lang, FYI madaming singers na gusto maka psok sa broadway, c rachelle ann at at c leah palang. Balibhasa idol mo hanggang ASAP lang.😂😂😂😂

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    5. It's like Lea's path vs Regine's path.

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    6. FYI. Regine once tried Lea's path.

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    7. Hay naku, pinagaaway na naman ang Sarah at Rachelle Fans. Luma na yan! They are friends noh

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  9. May bashers ba si Rachelle Anne? Eh ang bait at talented nito. Maging masaya nalang sana kung sino mab yan bashers na yan.

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    1. Julie is better!

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    2. Hell no. RAG is much better than that girl

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  10. Tandang tanda ko ang sabi ng bashers when Shin was cast in MS West End "After Miss Saigon, mapapagaya siya kay Isay na walang follow-up international theatre projects. Balik starlet levels." So very wrong! Ha! Sila Shin and Lea lang ang nakacross boundaries from West End to Broadway na hindi green card holder.

    I am also delighted by the fact that the entire world willsee her as Gigi in the international screening of MS' 25th Anniv Performance! Congratulations, RAG! You super deserve it!!!

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  11. Naman mga baks, as if 100% mong makikita si Rachelle in Miss Saigon. Konting konting konti lang ang scenes ng character ni Rachelle. Shunga sa OA kayo. Kung si Kim sana sya pasok pagka OA nyo. Di pa sya umaabot sa level ni Tita Lea (who played Kim) kahit pa tutungtong ng Broadway si Rachelle.

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    1. OA na pala maging proud sa tagumpay ng ibang tao ngayon. Bida man or hindi, achievement na yan. Nagagawa nya gusto nyang gawin at masaya sya. Ilan ba sa mga nangangarap makapag-ganyan ang natutupad?

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    2. Jona, matulog ka na!

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    3. Sus inggit ka lng. Palibhasa ung idol mo ndi man lng makapagbroadway!

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    4. We are congratulating her because it's hard to get into Broadway! Wag ka din shunga. Ikaw na nagsabi, konti lang ang scenes nya. But Cameron still picked her even though it's her hard to get in coz of Broadway Equity. That's not an easy feat. Just be happy for the girl! Di ka mamatay.

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    5. Kahit na konti ang exposure niya, hellow broadway yan madaming singers na gustong maka pasok jan. Pg bag broadway kana meaning super galing muna at sikat ka. Pak!! Idol mo hanggang pinas lang😂😂

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    6. Kahit na konti ang exposure niya, hellow broadway yan madaming singers na gustong maka pasok jan. Pg bag broadway kana meaning super galing muna at sikat ka. Pak!! Idol mo hanggang pinas lang😂😂

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    7. At least sya teh nakikita sa Broadway. Ikaw kahit sa dilim di nakikita!

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    8. Creature #2.37 Honey, in musical theatre, there is no such thing as a small role. And FYI, Gigi's sequence is the first highlight of the show, a pivotal one at that because it will highlight the kind of filthy world Kim is about to embark but will be fortunate enough to find love in the arms of Chris, albeit short-term. So please, calm your nerves and wash the salt stuck in your throat.

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  12. She's really the best Gigi!

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    1. Naman! Mahiya naman kayo kay Isay!!!

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    2. 6:57 si cameron Mackintosh na mismo nagsabi na si RAG ang best Gigi Saigon has ever had. Makacharot ka!

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  13. You obviously don't know what you're talking about. This is BROADWAY and it's hard for a foreigner to get through the NY actors guild. Who cares what role it is This is BROADWAY BROADWAY and she's in.
    CONGRATULATION RACHELLE!

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    1. Broadway nga pero she got in kasi lilipat lang ng Broadway ang Miss Saigon. If not for West End route, she will never get in sa Broadway. Parang ano lang yan baks, di sya makakakuha ng direct flight sa tate kung waley sya koneksyon sa UK.

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    2. Not all west end actors are accepted in Broadway you have to be really talented and she is that talented.
      Congrats!

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    3. Anon 6:56 for sure bitter ka kasi idol mo waley!!! Hanggang birit na lng!!

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    4. 6:56 The likes of Joanna Ampil na super successful on West End was not able to transfer to Broadway. So please, don't undermine Rachelle's achievement kasi parehas lang sila ng naging entry ni Lea to Broadway: they started in Miss Saigon West End. Cameron pushed for Rachelle's transfer to Broadway because she is sensational as Gigi.

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    5. Eh ano naman? Ano problema mo so koneksyon nya? Haha, ang galing nga nya eh. Obviously, Cameron was impressed. West End naconquer nya na...now Broadway naman.

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    6. 6.56, Iha ano akala mo sa Broadway, Mother Ignacia? Nagkakapag-artista kasi may koneksyon? Di pag-aaksayahan ni Cameron Mackintosh si RAG kung di nya deserve yung trabaho.

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  14. Eh anu big deal? Eh broadway lang naman yan. Buti pa ang jona namin nasa asap na sikat na siya.

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    1. Sino ba si Jona? Yung hindi natanggap sa audition ng Miss Saigon kaya nakipagsiksikan nlng sa ASAPerya?! LOL!

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    2. Anon 9:35 si jona ung soul princess ng pinas. Ngaudition kaya sila ni morisette sa miss saigon at nakuha sila dalawa. Db nga sabi 2 pinoy nakuha sa audition sa pinas malamang silang dalawa un!

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    3. 12:42 So kung nakuha sila Morisette at Jona sa Miss Saigon, bakit di sila kasama sa Broadway production? Lakas makacharot neto!

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    4. 12:42 kung makukuha man sila Jona at Morissette baka pang understudies lng at for UK tour lng or International Tour eh si Rachelle Ann Go pang Broadway na ang peg siya ang SECOND FILIPINA TO PERFORM IN BROADWAY WITHOUT GREEN CARD NEXT TO LEA! yung mga idol mo makisiksik nlng sila dito sa pinas

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  15. Ngumanga ka nalang sa inggit. Natatawa nalang kami sa inyo mga bashers. Pinoy nga naman hahahaha GO Rachelle Ann Go deserve mo yan. Small role daw? Eh yung role niya sa Les Miserbales as Fantine?? Hahahah

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    1. Fantine is also one of the main characters but has limited exposure sa stage.

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  16. Bitter spotted. Congrats Rachel

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  17. Anon 2:37 Nag congrats lang naman and nag express lang nang admiration sa accomplishments OA na? Paki explain nga pano yung sakto lang?
    And bakit kailangan mo pa iput down yung tao? Eh ano naman kung di sya lead, di na pwede matuwa? Tsk tsk.

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    1. hahaha tama,,imbyerna ang lola natin, kahit nmn hndi lead role ang bayad sa million,,US dollar kikitain nya,,wala pa sa kalingkingan ng mga bigstar sa pinas,,,

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    2. Wow 10:58. FYI, only big Broadway celebs make large amount of money per week. Base salary is only $1861 per week for actors accdg to Actors Equity. Hugh Jackman made $40,000/wk. kahit si Lea never got paid this kind of money noon kahit lead role pa sya. Wagas ka naman makapag millions. Oo, few millions in pesos pag annual pero she has to pay her apartment rent, etc. Konti lang ang pera sa theatre unless Julia Roberts ka who got paid $150,000/wk. Konting research lang mga baks.

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    3. Hahaha...sarah is the youngest tax payer no.6 sa celeb and no.74 sa top 100 so if you do the math wala sya dapat ikaingit and still earnings millions.

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  18. Actually yung mga bitter Ang OA kung maka react nila-lang yung pagpasok sa Broadway haha wag magsalita ng tapos sa talent ni shin tingin niyo di siya mag try pa ng Ibang musicals dun?...at malamang sa malamang baka ipasok siya ni Cameron Macintosh sa Iba pa niyang musicals like cats..les mis or phantom..

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    1. Les Miz pwede. Cats or Phantom of the Opera? What roles? Patawa ka

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    2. Anon 12:13 malamang makakapasok siya sa phantom of the opera at cats. Nakapasok nga siya ng miss saigon at les mis eh. Eh ang idol mo asan? Mas patawa ka

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    3. Patawa ka talaga 8:17, what roles nga? Tell me. If you haven't seen those musicals yet, wag kang magmamarunong. Background dancers? Keri ba ni Rachelle magdance like those Broadway actors? Hindi! Huwag mong ipilit na gawin syang principal characters in both musicals kasi never mangyayari yan. My idol? Lea Salonga. Kahit nga si Lea na may major awards in theatre nag aaudition di makuha gusto nyang roles kasi palpak si Lea magdeliver ng acting lines. Si Rachelle pa kaya.

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    4. 10:57 Maghintay ka lang next year kasi may pasabog na international project si Rachelle and sure akong masusuka ka sa pagkain ng mga salitang binitawan mo! Eksaherada kang makabelittle!

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    5. Kahit anong role yan kung makapasok siya karangalan pa rin yun...masyado ka lang nega girl at sabihin mong NEVER na magiging lead si shin...lead na siya as fantine...Iba si Lea Iba si shin..and yes nakakasayaw po siya kaya nga siya naging Gigi dahil magaling siyang sumayaw...mas malawak Ang vocal range nya kesa Kay Lea kaya mas madami siyang pwedeng pasukin na roles..anyway wishing lang naman as a fan na mag try siya ng Ibang musicals dun tutal andun na siya nakapasok na

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    6. 10:57 She can actually dance pretty well. Dito palang sa PH, marunong na sya. Napolish yung dance skills nya sa West End. FYI, she dances a lot in Miss Saigon as part of the ensemble in the second act. So, yes, "keri nya magdance like those Broadway actors".

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  19. I am shocked that she is able to get in Broadway on a supporting role. They must be really impressed with her talent to allow her in Broadway. I remember there was an uproar with Lea but that was a lead role and Lea is Lea. This goes to show Rachelle is Rachelle. Two talented Pinays #proud

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  20. Mas magaling pa rin bumirit si jona ang idol namin!

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    1. magaling nga bumirit eh wala namang appeal, toinks, parang unggoy po si Jona

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    2. Sus, maging masaya na lang kayo sa achievement ng ibang tao, eh papyntahin nyo rin sa broadway yang jona nyo

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    3. Si jona na walang emosyon kumanta na dapat reyna ng mga adamyan na pinamumunuan ni pinunong imao!

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    4. Umi-issue lang yang si 11:40. If I know, Kapuso tard yan.

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  21. Go Rachelle Ann!! Congrats!! Galingan mo!!

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  22. CONGRATULATIONS! THIS IS JUST THE START OF YOUR BROADWAY CAREER! PWEDENG-PWEDE KANG ILAGAY NI CAMERON AS FANTINE SA LES MISERABLES BROADWAY AFTER MISS SAIGON.

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  23. hala ang mga tao dto anong nangyayari? d nyo ba naktia yung pinost ni Rachelle ann nap icture inal ni sarah? they're good friends!! kayo masyado kayo. and pls let people be happy for rachelle. it's a big achievement. ang daming pinoy na trying to make it big abroad pero hirap na hirap , yung iba naka ilng yrs pa nag stay sa ibang bansa, kung ano anong auditions, in the end, balik den pinas.

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  24. Wala namang problem if Rachelle goes to Broadway. Etong fans nya lang ang wagas sa mga expectations. Mga ateng, Lea Salonga nga na superstar in Miss Saigon walang Broadway career after her short stint in Les Miz 2007. Kaya nga kahit pipitsuging Allegiance production pinagtyagaan nya hoping she'll make a comeback. Pero waley, Allegiance was a big flop. Lea nga is more brilliant and may napatunayan na than Rachelle. Kaya relaks lang kayo, simple lang, don't count the chickens before they're hatched.

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    1. Kaya nga fans e all fans want and wish for the best for their idol they're just happy sa achievements ni shin so far...Lea is Lea..Rachelle is Rachelle..they may have the same path now but doesn't mean they'll have the same fate...Saka kaya kami masaya kasi naalala namin kung paano siya nag start at Ang layo na ng narating niya..Saya lang...go shin!!!

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    2. And you think your local idols will be popular forever?
      It is not longevity in showbiz. It is the quality of their experiences.
      Lea and Rachelle will forever be known as Broadway actors and your idols can only dream about it.

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    3. Hayaan mo sila. They're happy for their idol. Nega ka agad? Malay mo naman swetehin si Rachelle. She can also be a superstar in Broadway. Di pa man sya nakakaland sa NYC, dinidictate mo na agad na she wont have a long Bway career simply because Lea wasnt able to do it. Fan ka ba nino? Tunog bitter na fan ka eh. Inggit kasi di idol nya ang makakapasok sa Broadway.

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  25. Rachelle is admires and a fan of Sarah kaya wag na icompare at pagsabungin. They are good friends

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