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69 posts categorized "Shows: Broadway Musicals"

Sunday, February 23, 2014

RAK of AEGIS: A Pinoy Rock Romantic Comedy Musical featuring the Songs of Aegis! (A Review) @PetaTheater

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RAK OF AEGIS is a Pinoy Original Musical based on the music of Pinoy Rock Band, Aegis. The music is weaved into a story of resilience amidst calamities and the dream of making it big someday.

It's a musical a la Mamma Mia, with a cheesy love story and the songs of Aegis as the soundtrack.

I love its visually stimulating production and the romantic comedy storyline. The first half of the musical was solid. It established the story of the different characters and their flooding dilemma with vibrant Aegis music.

The second half though was dramatic and a bit dragging. I think it could have ended better with a different conclusion. 

But overall, this is one heart-warming musical with iconic Aegis songs that can be turned into a modern movie about the Pinoy's resilience and love for music against all odds.

This is a must-see for all theater lovers. You can be proud of how our original Pinoy theater productions are evolving in Manila. :) 

You can still catch the last two weekend shows of Rak of Aegis, which closes on March 9!

Here's a photo essay when we watched the show with the boys...

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

WICKED MANIA in MANILA! (@WICKED_Musical Review)

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Read: Our Awesome Adventures 2013: ♪ Because I Knew You ♩ I Have Been Changed For Good! 

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WICKED The Musical finally opened last night at the CCP Main Theatre to kickoff Wicked Mania in Manila! It's the world-class Broadway musical that Filipinos have been raving about and campaigning to bring to the Philippines. 

"Wicked" is the untold story of Glinda, the Good Witch of the South and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. It's like a prequel to the story of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. It also shows the origins of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion.

I love the show's "Green For Good" motto and why we shouldn't believe in hearsay and judge other people based purely on rumors. 

After celebrating 10 years on Broadway last October 30, 2013, Wicked is finally in Manila!

Here's a photo essay of my WICKED experience...

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Friday, December 07, 2012

RAMA HARI Ballet Musical: Must-Watch Pop Ballet Show!

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First, a disclosure: this is the first ballet show I've watched.

We were in grade school when the first Rama Sita was staged by Ballet Philippines in 1980 with Basil Valdez as Rama, Kuh Ledesma as Sita, and Leo Valdez as the evil demon Ravana.

I've watched the adaptations of the Hindu epic Ramayana twice in Indonesia: first in the Pramayana Ramayana Ballet in Yogyakarta, and the Kecak Dance version in Uluwatu in Bali. I wonder how different Rama Hari would be.

I thought that Rama Hari is another one of those hyped up star-studded musicals but I was wrong.

We were literally blown away by the beautiful ballet dance choreography and the powerful tagalog musical score.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

DRUM TAO: Why Watch the Art of Japanese Drums?

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DrumTao There's a world-class show in town, and you shouldn't miss its limited run here in Manila!

DRUM TAO is a different kind of musical drum concert where the performers are trained in martial arts and prefer to practice outdoors in the forest to prepare for this awesome sensory experience.

It's like watching synchronized drumming--very animated and snappy with a bit of ouido (playing musical instruments by ear, in synchronization with the beat of the group).

The entire show is composed of musical drum stunt performances with passionate drum beating, chanting and shouting (there are no lyrics, just instrumental Japanese music). In between sets, there are comical skits showcasing Japanese humor.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

ROCK OF AGES Manila: 8 Reasons Why You Should Watch the Live Musical First!

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ROCK OF AGES castIsn't it great that Manila gets to see Rock of Ages two ways--on stage and in the cinema--at the same time? The Broadway musical (Manila production), led by Mig Ayesa, opens just as the Rock of Ages Movie, led by Tom Cruise, starts its run.

I was given the chance to watch the musical's preview night--and it was an awesome show! It had the longest dancing standing ovation I've seen for a preview night in Manila. The casting was solid and all the characters lived up to (and some even exceeded) our expectations.

It was great to see the debut of MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx, the same role he performed in the touring Rock of Ages show in the US, and Vina Morales in her first theater role.

This is the perfect musical for the '80s generation.

Here are 8 Reasons Why You Should Watch Rock of Ages' Live Musical Production in Manila first:

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