GAWAD Buhay best actor awardee OJ Mariano has landed the lead role of Laurence in “Lorenzo,” a new stage musical inspired by the life of San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino canonized as a saint for his martyrdom in Japan.
Mariano stars opposite Lorenz Martinez who plays Lorenzo Ruiz. It is through his vision that the life of the Filipino saint is revealed. Mariano plays an overseas Filipino worker (OFVV) in an Arab country
awaiting his fate on death row.
Lorenzo marks actor Christopher de Leon’s first venture into theatrical production. The veteran award-winning actor has recently set up his own company, Green Wings Entertainment Network, which has tapped Ryan Cayabyab as composer-arranger and Nonon Padilla as stage director.
“Lorenzo” goes on stage at the SDA Theater of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in Manila on Sept. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 with shows at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Mariano, who won his first best actor in a musical trophy from Phi!stage for his performance in 2012’s “Rama Had,” says “Lorenzo” is a musical within a play that is told in three acts. Music ranges from rock to operatic, says producer de Leon.
De Leon explains, “Lorenzo is a contemporary opera with plenty of surprises.”