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Successful 'Foursome' concert stages repeat tonight

The hype and subsequent success of the much-talked about Foursome Valentine concert that gathered four of the country's singing icons for the first time will have a repeat tonight due to insistent public demand. This is going to be at SM Mall of Asia Arena again. The sold-out Valentine spectacle combined the talents and charm of iconic show-stopping ex-couple Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez and the land's most popular singing couple today, Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez, arguably stealing the thunder from other concerts held on heart's day—even those that featured international stars. This time around, not only will Foursome the Repeat bring back a spectacular show but they will also be featuring new numbers, new surprises—as well as a very special guest that will definitely intensify the already powerful Foursome team-up, Mr. Pure Energy, Gary Valenciano. The concert being counted as the talk of town was greatly justified when it made the global guide list of last-minute Valentine date destinations as jotted down by CNN's travel writer Pam Grout. In the article titled 50 Cities, 50 Last-Minute Valentine's Dates, Manila was included at number 21, with the Foursome show suggested as the 'historic Valentine's concert' to catch. The now-highly quoted feature described Martin and Pops as "once married but still love making music together" while the tandem of Ogie and Regine was addressed as "a new pair of singing lovebirds." The Foursome concert directed by Rowell Santiago eventually lived up to expectations, with superb chemistry among the four reflected well in a deluge of competent live singing, good-natured banter, and surprising number twists that left the jam-packed venue craving for more. A couple of rousing medleys mashing the voices of the singing foursome, a song swap number between Martin and Ogie, Pops and Regine singing some Madonna and Cyndi Lauper classics, and an emphatic showdown of Les Miserables theme songs were some of the highlights of the special night attended by numerous avid fans of the singing partners and equally prominent showbiz personalities like Richard Gomez and wife Lucy Torres-Gomez. Robin Nievera, the proud rocker son of Martin and Pops, amusingly sang lines of "Be My Lady" when his dad went down and casually handed him the microphone. Martin-Pops diehards came loudly alive during their love song duet medley. Ogie-Regine followers, on the other hand, obviously enjoyed their funny exchange of punch lines that climaxed when Regine sang the Beatles standard "Yesterday" with Ogie hilariously translating each line in Talagog/Batangueno. And as they swapped partners, Martin and Regine wowed the audience with a spectacular rendition of The Phantom of the Opera’s “Music of The Night,” while Ogie and Pops opted for a more upbeat and lively dance production number. The solo spots allowed the Asia's Songbird to powerfully sing the famed tune "I Dreamed A Dream" that perhaps totally put to rest doubts that her voice is no longer as effective as before following the vocal debacle during her silver anniversary last November. Pops, with her stage presence, showed why she's the original concert queen while Martin and Ogie, as expected, displayed their singing talents that made them Concert King and a premier singer-songwriter, respectively. With a wonderful repertoire and an already outstanding show at hand—even more so, with new production numbers for the repeat, the Foursome would like to invite you to witness and be part of their remarkable show again, 8 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena, tonight. For tickets, call SM Tickets at 470-2222, visit smtickets.com or any SM ticket outlets.
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