You’re in for a night of heartfelt storytelling full of passion, love, swashbuckling and sword fighting. Alex Gibson-Giorgio plays Ramon in Zorro The Musical at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. He chats to us about the rehearsal process, what it’s like playing the villain and what audiences can expect from the musical.
Firstly, could you tell us a little bit about what audiences can expect from Zorro? We all know and love the mask-wearing, sword-wielding bandit who fights for the poor and defends injustice, breaking many a heart along the way; made eternally famous by Antonio Banderas. Well, the musical has all the passion, love and fire of the film, with a little extra heart, all set to the songs of the Gipsy Kings.
It must be great to get back into theatre post-lockdown, especially with such a high-energy show. What has the rehearsal process been like? Being back in the rehearsal room is a huge privilege … it’s definitely one of my favourite parts of putting on a show. The pure magic of a group of actors in a space creating an imaginary world together … it’s so exciting! It’s a place to make bold offers and explore the full range of your character with no judgment… there are no wrong choices, instead there are endless possibilities. As my acting teacher, Margot Fenley would say “Be bold and fail gloriously!”
Ramon is a pretty evil character and you’ve previously played Jafar in Aladdin. Are you a fan of the villains? I do love myself a villain. I think they’re the most interesting characters to play because you get to safely explore often darker ways of thinking and existing that are not always socially acceptable in everyday life. In the case of Jafar, it’s just CAMP!
The score of Zorro is by the Gipsy Kings. If you were to have a band write the score for a musical about your life, who would you choose? Fleetwood Mac for sure. Or Gaga. Maybe James Taylor … this one’s hard.
What song are you most excited to perform for an audience when the show opens? I love Baila Me … such a good tune! But watching Djobi Djoba and Bamboleo from offstage is a personal highlight for me. We are lucky to have such a talented company who not only sing and act, they also have to play multiple instruments, dance (WHILST PLAYING), shoot guns and sword fight!
Why should people come and see Zorro?If you love The Gipsy Kings, you will love this show. The music fills your soul! You’re in for a night of heartfelt story telling full of passion, love, swashbuckling and sword fighting. VIVA EL ZORRO!
Thank you so much Alex for taking the time to chat to us. Zorro opens at the Charing Cross Theatre 2nd April
Interview by Olivia Mitchell, Editor
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