The First Lady of Philippine Musical Theater – Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo is not just a household name in the Philippine theater scene, with her distinctive notable portrayal of Diana in “Next to Normal”, Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd”, and Maria in “The Sound of Music”, among others makes her known as the first lady of Philippine musical theater and she’s whistling a happy tune as she takes the role of Anna the schoolteacher in Resorts World Manila’s all-Filipino production of “The King and I” starting January 2013.
“For me, (The King and I) is one of the most beautiful musicals of the old ones, all the songs are beautiful. And, I’m at the right age now for Anna” shares Menchu.
Her three decades of theater expertise and versatility got her in the shoes of many of the greatest female characters in musicals including Eva Peron in “Evita“, Genevieve in “The Baker’s Wife”, Aldonza/Dulcinea in “Man of La Mancha“, Guinevere in “Camelot“, Fantine in “Les Miserables“, Fosca in “Passion“, and the Witch in “Into the Woods”.
Along with the various remarkable musicals she has done, Menchu has also been part of a local production of “The King and I” in the early 90’s, with her role as Tuptim while also being the understudy to Anna. “I’m very, very excited (to play Anna). It’s one of my favorite roles and I’m very excited in doing it with Nonie, and the chance that I may be able to do it with Bo. What (also) excites me is the fact that Nonie and I are coming in fresh, so we can build it together… Nonie and I can find our own attack”.
Aside from her theater career, Menchu has also done a number of TV shows, concerts and live performances. She also conducts workshop for theater acting.
Catch Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo alongside Nonie Buencamino as they march together with the rest of the prolific cast of “The King and I” starting January of 2013.
For more details on the show schedule and ticket information, visit www.rwmanila.com or call Resorts World Manila’s Tourist Hotline at (02) 836-6333.