Wency Cornejo makes theater debut in ‘Side Show’

Multi-awarded singer/songwriter Wency Cornejo is set to make his musical theater debut in Atlantis Theatrical’s highly anticipated staging of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical, Side Show.

Wency Cornejo joins the stellar cast of 'Side Show,' which opens on Aug. 31 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza
Wency joins the stellar cast that includes Kayla Rivera as Violet Hilton, Gab Pangilinan as Daisy Hilton, Markki Stroem as Terry Connor, David Ezra as Buddy Foster and Arman Ferrer as Jake. 

The musical is based on the real-life story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who try to overcome their impediment and make a name for themselves as stage and film stars. Daisy and Violet navigate their way through fortune and fame despite their differences and along the way, learn valuable lessons about love, loss, friendship, sisterhood and what it truly means to be unique.

Nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical, Side Show features a book by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, who also composed the iconic hit musical, Dreamgirls.

Wency will play the menacing ringmaster of the side show, known as Sir. He says, “I don’t know how to put it, but I am horrified (first time to do a play), ecstatic (I passed the auditions), insecure (all the other performers are veterans compared to me), excited (who wouldn’t be?), confident (I made the cut, didn’t I?) and amazed (the cast is awesome) all at the same time. Does that make me a freak or something?”

With hits such as “Next in Line,” “Habang May Buhay” and “Tag-Ulan,” Wency and his former rock band AfterImage dominated radio charts in the 1990s. He has also received numerous awards, including Best Traditional Recording, Best Musical Arrangement, and Best Ballad Recording for his composition, “Hanggang.”

Side Show is directed by Steven Conde, with choreography by Cecile Martinez, set design by Lawyn Cruz, lighting design by Jonjon Villareal, sound design by Jason Crystal, costume design by Odelon Simpao, hair and make-up design by Johann dela Fuente, musical direction by Farley Asuncion and vocal direction by Manman Angsico.

Catch Wency Cornejo as Sir when Side Show makes its Manila debut on Aug. 31 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. For tickets, contact Ticketworld at (632) 891-9999 or visit


Topics: Wency Cornejo , Steven Conde , Cecile Martinez , Atlantis Theatrical
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