Regine Velasquez : The Inside
" Regine at the Movies "
Nov. 17 show
( Reviewed by a Regine mailing list fan
There has always been a connection between Regine Velasquez and the
movies. Personally, she claims that she is a movie buff which is true as
proven by my recent encounter with her at the video store. Professionally,
she has been singing movie themes since she started in the music
industry. One of her early hits was a movie theme - "Isang Lahi." So it
is baffling that she mounts a concert series on movie themes only
now. Perhaps it is a blessing because if she did the series before, we
would have missed some good new materials.
As I arrived at the venue at 8:30 p.m., I was sure that the show would not
start on time (9 p.m.) since people were still outside on a line that
seemed to have no end. When we got inside, I was startled to see the stage
because it was so bare. The backdrop was white and the floor was covered
with white linoleum. The musicians were in a row at the back. At the
middle, there was a white baby grand piano and beside it were a high chair
and a small side table. With that set-up, the audience would just focus at
the center. By 9:30 p.m., the musicians in white shirts went to their
position. Then Regine was escorted to the center. She looked so neat with
that white blazer, faded jeans, transparent high heels and silver/diamond
The show started with "Time of My Life" (from "Dirty Dancing"). "How Do I
Live" (from "Con Air") immediately followed. It was quite strange because
in her shows, the 2nd number is usually another upbeat song. But this
time, she chose a ballad. She started exchanging pleasantries with the
audience. What made us laugh was her disclaimer that she would not sing
whatever we expect or want her to sing. "Gusto ko lang ho linawin para
paglabas n'yo ng Music Museum, at least 'di kayo disappointed dahil alam
n'yo agad na hindi 'yon eh." Then she saw latecomers so she teased them,
"wala na, last 2 songs na 'yon eh... pasensya na."
To get on with the show, Regine did a kilometric medley of theme
songs. Before doing so, she told us that the medley would be sort of a
guessing game. Well, the game was quite deceiving. They made us think of
a song but then, Regine would sing another song. The medley started with
the theme of "St. Elmo's Fire" but when Regine opened her mouth, the medley
shifted to "Can You Read My Mind" (from "Superman"). "More Than Words"
followed but Regine did not sing it, she sang "It Might Be You" (from
"Tootsie"). This version of hers was so different from her version of the
song 7 years ago. Back then, she did it the way Patti Austin did it (with
all those belting). This time, it was mellow. The other songs in the
medley: "Foolish Heart," the theme from "Mahogany," "Arthur's Theme"
and "Got to Believe in Magic." There was a shower of white confetti that
looked like petals while she was singing. This was the first time that
they did that in Music Museum. Regine marveled at the audience when they
were able to guess the movies where the songs were used. She disclosed
that she is a big movie fan like most of the people in the audience. She
can finish 5 movies in 2 nights!
Like what some of us experience, there were instances that Regine got to
like songs only after she saw the movies where they were used. The songs
were Celine Dion's: "Because You Love Me" and "My Heart Will Go On."
These 2 songs had nice arrangements. "Because You Love Me" was turned
into a country song. I am so sick of "My Heart Will Go On" but with
the way they did it, I found it good.
The time came when Regine had to introduce her guest. Gabby Eigenmann
appeared in a white shirt and did a slower version of "The Best That I Can
Be (She Loves Me)." He was so serious while singing. Maybe he was afraid
to commit a mistake. Regine joined him onstage wearing a soft, floral,
spaghetti-strap, long dress. They were about to do "Cruisin'" but Regine
first commented on Gwyneth Paltrow that she might have bad breath in the
morning or an attitude problem because surely, one cannot have
everything. After the duet, Gabby left and Regine began the "Moulin Rouge"
The "Moulin Rouge" medley tells the phases of love. It started with
"Nature Boy." After that song, Regine had a monologue. She talked about
how it is to fall in love, that there is so much excitement at the start,
that it makes one crazy. Then she did "Your Song." There was another
monologue on questions or doubts on love. She was teary-eyed already while
she was talking. So when she sang "One Day I'll Fly Away," I thought that
her tears would fall. For me, this was the most emotional part of the
medley or even the show. Then she spoke on being sure about love and
launched into "Come What May" with Zebedee doing the male part. The medley
went full circle by ending with "Nature Boy." The audience did not tease
her after since they sensed that the medley affected her. There was no
shower of confetti in this number but they made use of beautiful lights.
Since Regine did the theme songs of her block-buster movies and they were
big hits, she had to include them in the show. She first did a jazzed up
"You Are My Song." She sat at the steps of the stage to sing another
medley. She teased 2 couples at the front row before singing. They again
deceived the audience by giving the intro of "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw" instead
of "Ikaw." Regine first sang "Ikaw," followed by "Pangako" and finally,
"Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw." It was amazing seeing her belt real close. Her
microphone was already far from her but one could still hear the power of
her voice. I think she got amused when she saw us clapping our hands
because she pointed at us and said, "ang mga 'to, 8 beses na yata nanood
ang mga 'to eh." In this medley, there was red confetti shower.
Unexpectedly, Regine called the composer of the 2 songs in the medley (Ogie
Alcasid) and he joined her onstage. They entertained us with this
hilarious and long banter. They talked about so many things from the
"tiangge" downstairs to Ogie's new album. They had to cut the chat because
they had to do a duet ("I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You" from "The
Mask of Zorro"). Regine left the stage after and Ogie again made us laugh
with his spiel. There was someone at the side who kept waving at him so he
said, "hindi po ako waiter." Then when he sat at the high chair, his feet
did not touch the ground. He said, "sinabi ko sa inyo liitan n'yo 'to
eh." Soon after, he did his composition - "Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang?" The
audience sang with him. He left when Regine came back wearing a light
brown, backless, long gown with silver and green sequence all over.
To lighten the mood, Regine did "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (from
"Sister Act 2"). Then a medley of the songs in Julia Roberts' movies. It
started with "She" but Regine sang "Fallen" (from "Pretty Woman"). "When
You Say Nothing at All" (from "Notting Hill"), "All the Love in the World"
(from "America's Sweetheart") and "I Say a Little Prayer" (from "My Best
Friend's Wedding") were the other songs in the medley. She made "I Say a
Little Prayer" the playtime song. She went down and asked several people
to sing a line or two from the song. The last person she asked was Anton
(her impersonator). She went all the way to his seat (at the other side of
the venue) just to ask him sing. When she got there, she made him sing the
last line of "What Kind of Fool Am I" before the lines from "I Say a Little
Prayer." To show how much pride she has in Anton, she got a ballpen and
acted like she was about to stab him with it because he was so good.
Afterwards, she introduced the members of the band. Then flirted
a bit with a single businessman in the audience.
There was this "works of singers who I admire" portion in the show. She
did "Never Too Far" by Mariah Carey (from "Glitter"). What followed
were back to back songs of Barbra Streisand: "The Way We Were" and
"No Matter What Happens." This was such an intense number. She was
given a thunderous applause after.
Regine remarked at that point of the show that she wanted to dance. She
made this "giling" step that was both funny and shocking. She went from
one end of the stage to the other end singing "What a Feeling" and
"Fame." There was a shower of multi-colored confetti. Seeing the great
amount of confetti at the floor, Regine said, "itigil n'yo na ang
pagkakalat ha... ako na naman ang magwa-walis niyan eh."
The saying "time flies so fast when you're having fun" proved to be true
when Regine started to thank the audience for coming and was about to
sing the final song. It was quite surprising that the show was about to end
because the second to the last number were dance songs. The audience's
energy was way up. Regine did "Somewhere" by Barbra Streisand as the
final song. She had no fear, she belted all the way to the end. Regine went
backstage but after 2 minutes, she came back. She blurted, "kayo naman,
'di na kayo nasanay. Siyempre, may encore..." She thanked the sponsors
of the show, then did "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" as the encore.
It is apparent that Regine has matured as a singer. She knows what to do
to get the desired effect. Now, it is not all belting. Regine of the past
would have belted in every song. Doing that would have boasted her
vocal prowess but not her sensitivity to the songs' meaning. Real life
experiences and getting into the different fields of the entertainment
business must have caused this greater sensitivity. But, her vocal prowess
was still evident even if she did not belt in all the songs. Every time she
belted (except at the encore), she was sitting down. Looking at her shoes,
it was understandable why she sat down most of the time. I would have
thrown those shoes (due to pain) after walking for just 5 minutes in them.
Having an acoustic set did not rob the audience of intense emotion the
songs evoke in the movies. Some even came off as more affecting since
there is purity or sincerity that one feels in hearing a song done
acoustically. Kudos to the band for doing a fine job. Regine would not
have sounded that great if the musicians were not that good.
Raul Mitra did well in making people notice his talent. It takes so much
skill and effort to arrange a medley. One has to carefully select the
songs to be included, know what parts of the songs to take and connect
those parts correctly to make the medley smooth. It is astounding that
Raul made several great medleys. Then he gave something more by
leading the audience to songs that Regine did not really sing in the
medley. Pretty ingenious and impressive!
After witnessing the entire show, it is definitely a blessing that Regine
is doing a concert series on movie themes just now, not just because of
beautiful recent songs in the repertoire but also because she might not
have done the songs as well as she does them today.
" Regine at the Movies "
( Nov. 17 show )
Reviewed by a long time active Regine fan
we Fondly refer to as the Regine Velasquez mailing list's 'secretary'
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