This year’s staging of Rama, Hari features two of the country’s most talented singers and Kitchen Musical stars, Christian Bautista and Karylle to play the lead roles of Rama and Sita. The two will be backed by a powerhouse cast of the country’s leading theater actors and singers Robert Seña as the demon Ravana, OJ Mariano (alternating as Rama), Kalila Aguilos (alternating as Sita), Cristian Rey Marbella, Noel Rayos, Lani Ligot, Amparo Sietereales and Brezhnev Larlar.
Ballet Philippines’ principal dancers Jean Marc Cordero and Richardson Yadao will essay the role of Rama and Carissa Adea and Katherine Trofeo as Sita.
Rama, Hari is Ballet Philippines’ third production this year, following the staging of Songs and Neo-Filipino: Anting
Choreographed by Ballet Philippines’ founder Alice Reyes, the ballet musical was set to music of maestro Ryan Cayabyab, while National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbrera wrote the libretto and National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal did the set and costume design.
The lyrics of Rama, Hari are in Filipino, but there will be English subtitles during the performance, translated by National Artist Rolando Tinio.
Ballet Philippines first staged Rama, Hari in 1980 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with Basil Valdez and Kuh Ledesma as the voice behind Rama and Sita, respectively. Leo Valdez portrayed the role of the evil demon Ravana.
Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales says that what makes Rama, Hari special, then and now, is the great collaboration work done by the best Filipino artists on the production.