Godspell 2017

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MANILA — MusicArtes’s production of “Godspell” returns for a limited run. First staged by MusicArtes last year, “Godspell” is a retelling of the Gospel with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwarz, the man behind “Wicked.” The first act is a collection of entertaining, sometimes irreverent, interpretations of the parables, while the second gives way to […]

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9Works Theatrical’s A Christmas Carol 2016

MANILA — The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has been staged countless times by local theater companies. And why not? It’s a timeless story that’s perfect for the Christmas season. Yet jaded theater fans would probably say “Bah Humbug” to yet another version of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” with anticipation of “same-old corniness” of this […]

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Blue Man Group at Solaire

MANILA — When you get into your seat, look up! The laughs start even before the show starts with irreverent announcements discouraging texting, drone-flying, plerking, and cob-wobbling (whatever that means) that escalates quickly at the expense of several hapless audience members. Then the show begins in earnest with the acclaimed Blue Man Group. Founded in […]

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La Soiree at Solaire

MANILA — “La Soiree” is French for “the party” — and what a party it is! It started as a midnight cabaret 11 years ago and has since been performed in Paris, London, New York, Stockholm and other global centers of culture. “La Soiree” in Manila, which opened Wednesday, marks the first time the show […]

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Rep’s 76th Season Preview

My love of theater started with Repertory Philippines a good fifteen (or so years ago). It was with a little play called “Noises Off” which that old movie with Christopher Reeve, Carol Burnett, Mark-Lynn baker was based. An evening in the theater turned into a lifetime fascination with the stage. Fifteen (or so) years later, […]

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A most entertaining RIVALRY

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkFvFILZpZs&w=420&h=315] When I first heard that someone was producing a musical about the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry, I thought that the folks behind it were a little bonkers. And with that, wished them a whole lotta luck. The reason was that the other original Filipino musicals with English lyrics I’d gone to really didn’t leave an […]

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Onstage in 2012

I haven’t been collecting as much info as I should regarding the theater scene this year. But from the little info I have, these are productions that will be making a dent in MY credit card bill this 2012. You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (9Works Theatrical) – After scoring a home run with Sweet […]

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Paciencia y Fe!

I went into Atlantis Productions “In The Heights” blissfully ignorant of the play. I thought that it was just another West Side Story clone. I was wrong, dead wrong. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvVgm4imyj0&w=560&h=345] Without giving much away, “In The Heights” has more in common with Rent than West Side. There was even a song that reminded me […]

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