Miss Saigon tour in the UK have recently released their new cast and Filipino actor Joaquin Pedro Valdes is one of the newcomers who will join Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s hit musical from April 30 this year. It remains to be one of the top longest-running shows on Broadway.
Besides acting, he is also a singer and a director. Valdes, now 34yo, started his career in Theatre when he was 10.
After a good amount of doubt, prayer, support from my wife and faith in God, I took the leap out and charged back into my first love- Theatre. I began as a professional on stage at the tender age of 10 years old and grew up learning, honing, perfecting and loving the craft.
Locally, we’ve seen Valdes onstage in Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group’s Matilda, Repertory Philippines’ Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and 9 Works Theatrical’s The Last Five Years, and onscreen in ‘Till I Met You and The Good Son. Meanwhile, he also had the opportunity to represent the country for an international fitness center in 2016.
He will be joining Aicelle Santos who will play as Gigi along with Red Concepcion as The Engineer.
They have now made the list next to Lea Salonga, Monique Wilson, Joanna Ampil, Rachelle Ann Go, Isay Alvarez, Jamie Rivera, Eva Noblezada, Jon Briones, Gerald Santos and Joreen Bautista, few of our kababayans who shared their gift to the world as part of the musical too. Rehearsals will begin by the last week of March, as told by Valdes in an article by Theater Fans Manila.
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Miss Saigon currently runs in Southampton until March 17 and will head on to Manchester, Bristol, Plymouth, Norwich, Bradford, Sunderland, and Zurich.
Joaquin Pedro Valdes will be playing the role of understudy for Thuy.
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