Joaquin’s Impressive Double Performance, from Songs to Schwartz

In a recent turn of events, Filipino theater star Joaquin Pedro Valdes has emerged as a sought-after name in the London theater scene. Valdes, who headlined the adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Pacific Overtures,” is now playing the Lover in two separate productions – “A Song of Songs” and “The Baker’s Wife.”

“A Song of Songs,” running at Park Theatre in north London until June 15, showcases Valdes’ commanding performance and his mesmerizing solo song, “Dance for Me,” which has become an audience favorite. The play incorporates a diverse range of music, from Middle Eastern to Jewish klezmer, creating an immersive atmosphere that captivates viewers.

On the other hand, “The Baker’s Wife,” scheduled to run from July 6 to Sept. 14 at Menier Chocolate Factory, features Valdes in the role of Dominique, the young lover of the baker’s wife. The musical, known for its cult following, explores themes of scandal and love in a small French town, with Valdes’ character serving as the catalyst for transformative events.

Valdes’ portrayal has added depth to the character of Dominique, highlighting the complexities of his emotions and the genuine connection he shares with the baker’s wife. With his standout performances and musical prowess, Valdes continues to charm audiences and solidify his position as a rising star in the theater world.

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