Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Markki Stroem on the right career path

February 21, 2011, 8:42am
Original Article can be found HERE

MANILA, Philippines - With his boyish looks, height and build, many assumed “Pilipinas Got Talent” finalist Markki Stroem would want to become a heartthrob after his exposure on the TV talent search.

They got it wrong.

“What I’ve really wanted from the start is to act in theater. When I was younger, I was cast in ‘Pippin,’ ‘Babes in Toyland,’ ‘The Wiz’ and every time, I remember a sort of light bulb go off in my head,” he told Bulletin Entertainment and select members of the press in a recent interview.

This is the reason that even though he was not given many film or TV projects after the contest, Markki remains upbeat with the one he did get: a role in Atlantis Productions’ staging of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical, “Next to Normal,” which runs from March 11 to 27, 2011 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. Markki plays Henry, who has “foolish ideas about love and won’t let it go.” His love interest in the rock musical is Bea Garcia.

The Filipino-Norwegian shared how doing “Next to Normal” has benefited him personally and professionally.

“My vocal range has grown bigger and I know all the more importance of punctuality,” he said. “I am also more O.C. than ever and I’m more comfortable around people. Theater people are so easy to get along with and not stuck-up at all. If you make a mistake, they just laugh it off.”

According to the release, “Next to Normal” explores how one suburban household deals with crisis. The Manila Production, directed by Bobby Garcia, is the first licensed English language production followed by an Australian production in April.

Bobby is all praises for Markki. He knew Marrki would eventually get the role the moment the actor began his audition.

“He is an honest, truthful young performer with a remarkable singing voice. He is also passionate about theater, which is a rarity in young performers these days,” Bobby was quoted as saying.

Markki, is, of course, flattered by the compliments, but he says that working with Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Jett Pangan in the play is an honor in itself.

“I learn so much from them and at the same time, humbled by their incredible talents,” the budding thespian quipped.

After “Next to Normal,” Markki is set to record her debut album. It will contain tracks with a classical ballad feel, “like a more pop Josh Groban and a more classical Christian Bautista.”

Other dream roles in musical theatre for Markki include Melchior in “Spring Awakening,” Roger in “Rent,” Benny in “In The Heights,” Fiyero in “Wicked,” the title roles in “Pippin” and “Joseph  and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”    
Catch Atlantis Productions' NEXT TO NORMAL
on March 19, 2011 / 2PM / Saturday / RCBC

Borgy Marzan (0922.888.5344)
Robert Marzan (0922.888.5348)
or Onay Sales (0918.536.2116)
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