It’s easy see why jukebox musicals have become very popular as of late. More than the story, the actors and the production numbers, the real star of the show is the music that audiences are already familiar with.
All Out of Love: The Musical is no different. While the Filipino cast led by Mig Ayesa, Rachel Alejandro, Tanya Manalang, Raymund Concepcion and Jamie Wilson delivered inspired performances and the feel good romantic-comedy plot and dazzling production values are entertaining enough to sustain interest throughout its two acts, it’s the timeless songs of Air Supply that held the whole thing together.
Over two dozen of the legendary Australian pop duo of Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell are generously sprinkled throughout All Out of Love: The Musical, each effectively transformed the Newport Performing Arts Theater into one big karaoke bar.
Here are five of the most memorable numbers from the musical along with some little tidbits about each one.
‘Here I Am’
A 1981 United States top 10 hit for Air Supply, this was written by American songwriters Norman Sallitt. This number is an early solo highlight for baritone Concepcion as music mogul Tommy King who, in the story, happens to be estranged from his daughter and still dealing with the loss of his wife.
‘Lost in Love’
Written by Graham Russell, this was the first international hit for Air Supply back in 1980. Given a new up-tempo arrangement, the song is performed in the musical with unabashed gusto by Alejandro who portrays Rayne, the singer-songwriter who is also the frequent collaborator of struggling rock star Jamie Crimson, played by Ayesa.
‘All Out of Love’
Speaking of Ayesa, he is very much at home playing a rock star just like he did in Rock of Ages not too long ago. His riveting reading of this musical’s title track is a showcase for his powerhouse vocals. Another Russell composition, it remains one of the most enduring signature songs of Air Supply.
‘The One That You Love’
Air Supply’s first and only US number-one smash back in 1981 is given a soaring interpretation by Manalang who portrays Stacie King, daughter of record executive Tommy King trying to make her mark in the music industry.
‘Two Less Lonely People in the World’
Another show-stopping highlight for Ayesa, with more than a little help from the 14-man ensemble as his character Jamie tries to woo Rayne in an old-fashioned diner. The song, originally a minor hit for Air Supply back in 1982, was given a new lease in life when it was re-recorded by KZ Tandingan for the blockbuster indie feature, Kita Kita, last year.
All Out of Love: The Musical has four remaining shows on 8, 9 and 10 November at 8 p.m. and a matinee on 10 November at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the RWM Box Office and TicketWorld outlets. Visit www.rwmanila.com or download the RWM Mobile App for the complete show schedules.