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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Polo Ravales Topbills Hercules: The Valiant Warrior of Thebes Musical

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We will soon see another mighty rendition of the epic Greek hero Hercules tale approximately two months from the recent press conference and launch held on July 15, 2016 at Garage88 located at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

This time it will be a musical play top-billed by actor Polo Ravales, and partnering with his real life girlfriend, CJ Flores Marin, a beauty queen who won as Miss Earth Philippines Water 2015, who plays the role of his wife in the play. Both of them will be singing but since Polo is more of an actor rather than a singer, he gets his encouragement from CJ who can easily belt out a tune.

The two will definitely be a match made in heaven, or at least Mt. Olympus, where Zeus, father of Hercules, will be among the many other characters who will also get some spotlight on the musical. The story will not only focus entirely on Hercules but also on his supporting casts made of Natasha Cabrera, Ronah Rostata, CJ Flores Marin, Paw Castillo, Fatima Cadiz, Hutch Perales, Jhay-R Baccol, Francelle Fetalvero, Jovito Bonita, Jasper Jimenez, Jasmin Salvo, Ren Medina, and Tina Dela Cruz.

The musical is directed by acclaimed actor Riki Benedicto, who has been guiding his actors throughout a series of rehearsals. They still have a couple of months to go before their first playdate on September 15 at the Star Theater located at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP Complex) in Pasay.

Media were treated to a sample of their performance, and we are still excited to find out how elaborate or grand their production will be in terms of outfit and stage design. The organizers revealed that they are straying away from the traditional look of Hercules as seen in many commercially sponsored productions as seen on TV series, movies and other shows featuring the half-man, half-God. We are wondering what Polo Ravales will look like a couple of months from now. Will he be working out to prominently display his muscles, and perhaps abs, or will it be sort of conservative and totally different from how we formerly see Hercules as a muscle-bound half-naked hero with white garbs as wardrobe?

The play is also primarily targeting the students as many would deem the musical as educational and part of the curriculum of schools. It could very well be another way to reach out to the youth in getting to know the stories revolving around the legendary Greek hero.

We got to personally conduct a video interview with Polo Ravales, as well as their producer, Mosang the actress who mostly does comedy for TV shows, so watch out for them at our official YouTube channel at

More photos are available at our official Facebook page at

Below is the official press release of the musical play:

If you think that you already know everything about the legendary man-god, think again. Fullblast Productions, the most exciting entertainment company today founded by the core members of Young Artists Production, is mounting an edgy take on our favorite Greek mythology character with the play Hercules: The Valiant Warrior of Thebes in September featuring the very talented Polo Ravales as lead actor. The cast also includes Natasha Cabrera, Ronah Rostata, CJ Flores Marin, Paw Castillo, Fatima Cadiz, Hutch Perales, Jhay-R Baccol, Francelle Fetalvero, Jovito Bonita, Jasper Jimenez, Jasmin Salvo, Ren Medina, and Tina Dela Cruz.

“My vision for the play is for it to be able to tackle the not so familiar dimensions of Hercules. I wanted to zero in on his quest for his self-actualization by looking closer at the reasons of his actions and also the key players in his life,” says acclaimed actor Riki Benedicto who will take the helm of the direction of this production.

Musical Direction and original music by Erwin Lacsa, one of the members of Ryan Cayabyab Singers.

Eljay Deldoc, who has written so many materials for Virgin Labfest/ Teatro Tomasino, is the playwright of this production. He believes that the people will see a very different story-telling of Hercules because it focuses not just on Hercules alone but puts special attention to the role of the other characters. He is very much excited to showcase these other characters who will provide the right triggers to Hercules’ greatness. More than that, he is also very proud about how relevant the lessons of this play are to the people they want to watch it: college, high school and grade school students. The main actor of the play also shares that view.

“Going deeper into my study of the play, I am starting to realize that it has powerful lessons that a lot of the teens today can learn from specially when it comes to going through important journeys that lead to one’s destiny. I am so proud that I am part of this play that can make a difference,” says seasoned actor Polo Ravales.

Catch this exciting new production on September 15, 16 & 17 at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM & & 7:00 PM at Star Theater, CCP Complex. Sponsored by DMV House of Acting & Performing Arts, Brand Republic, Ellen’s Skin Care, N. TAN Dental Office, Headway Vera Salon, Garage 88, Sining-Lahi Alumni, Dental First, Secosana, Yakult, Dr. Pangpasma, Faces & Curves and Legato and Produced by JMJ Events and Production.

For tickets, please contact 0917-5643718, 0917-8294503, 0927-7515726 and TICKETWORLD at 891-9999.

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