Who’s Upstairs: John Florencio

John Florencio is the pianist for London-Paris-Roam! on at Alexander Upstairs from 16-18 March 2017

Home town?
I was born in Manila, grew up in San Francisco and now live in Paris.

Tell us a little more about your show?
A witty, poignant look at aging, moving on and starting over. 

And what’s next on the cards for you?
Quite a bit of musical directing coming up. UNICEF Gala concerts in Germany and Austria and concerts in Manila,San Francisco, New York and Paris.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
I dream of finding the perfect writing partner to stage a musical.

How did you get into theatre?
I was a piano major back then at the San Francisco Conservatory and got hired to do a production of “Sweeney Todd”; the theatre bug bit in the early nineties. 

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Frédéric Chopin and Maurice Ravel. I will serve them whatever they wish.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
It would be my first time in Cape Town, I can tell you when I get the chance to explore!

What excites you about theatre?
What excites me is the theatre’s ability to transport you to different place, and of course all the talents involved in making a production succeed. Brilliant storytelling of course is why I love theatre (musical or not)

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Loving too much 😉

Who do you think people should be talking about?
People should be talking about keeping the arts alive and how vital it is to humans.