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70 posts categorized "Shows: Broadway Musicals"

June 15, 2012

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

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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May 12, 2012

Forbidden Broadway Manila Spoofs Spoiler

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Forbidden Broadway is a parody of famous Broadway Musicals (think Live Bubble Gang Spoof Skits Concert) like Into the Woods, Les Mesirables, Cats, West Side Story, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia, to name a few.

It's a very timely show considering some of these Broadway musicals have been staged in Manila and most musical theater fans can relate to the popular spoofs.

If you hear someone laughing about a "lost in translation" scene, it is probably because they either want to let you know that they can relate to the spoof (since they know more about Musical Broadway than you do) or they just want to reveal their age. :)

Here's what we think about Forbidden Broadway in Manila...

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April 18, 2012

Jekyll and Hyde Manila's Standing Ovation!


I don't get to see a lot of standing ovations in most of the shows in Manila. Usually, the Manila audience would give a standing ovation if Lea Salonga was in the cast, or if it's an international production like Mamma Mia.

Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo's new theatrical adaption of Jekyll and Hyde in Manila gets a standing ovation almost every performance because of the awesome solid cast.  I've watched most of the musicals this year, and this is so far the best production I've seen in terms of overall performance.

I almost missed watching this play. If you have not watched it, don't miss the final shows of Jekyll and Hyde in Manila this weekend!

Here's a glimpse of Jekyll and Hyde in Manila...

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February 17, 2012

Charlie Brown Happiness :D

Director Michael Williams with the cast of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a stage musical adaptation of the popular comic strip Peanuts by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. It's a live version of the comic strip acted and sometimes sung by Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends.

Honestly, we are not too familiar with the characters and we did not grow up reading this American comic strip. But we enjoyed the musical because it is colorful, feel-good, and happy. :)

The cast is solid, featuring theater veterans who obviously enjoy being in the show.

One thing though, it assumes that the audience knows the nuances and habits of the characters, so having some background info on each one would maximize your satisfaction in watching the musical.

Here's a rundown of the different characters, the actors who portrayed them, and what you need to know about them...

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February 15, 2012

FUERZA BRUTA Manila ♥alentine Premiere!

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I must admit I didn't know what to expect from Fuerza Bruta, a Buenos Aires original show, which literally means "Brute Force". All I know is that it is 360-degree-immersive experience and not-your-usual-cliche-Broadway-show. And if you like Cirque de Soleil, you'll probably like this too.

To best experience the show, it is better that you do not have any idea of the show.
(This post contains visual spoilers, so better stop reading this and just wait and watch it now! :)

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