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ANG HULING EL BIMBO: Of Sad Homecomings #AngHulingElBimbo2018

Ang Huling El Bimbo is a masterful piece of expert storytelling through the music of the Eraserheads, the most iconic rock band of the 90s. Their songs are expertly put together to build the story of friends who have lost their relationships, and their unexpected reunion years later.

Ang Huling El Bimbo is the latest original Filipino musical produced by Full House Theater Company (FHTC) and Resorts World Manila.

Here are my thoughts on the musical…

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Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady – The Musical (A Review)

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Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady (KPANLL) is a proudly Original Filipino Musical about the aspirations and tribulations of the common Filipino, set amidst a battle between superheroes and supervillains. The show is very endearing throughout, flawlessly integrating Pinoy humor, poking fun at our quirky habits and (mis)pronunciation of words, and a hopeless love story.

I was in awe after the latest media preview at Onstage Greenbelt 1. It was my first time to watch the show, and we couldn’t stop laughing and enjoyed it immensely.

I’m proud to be a witness of this coming of age of Philippine Theater and to watch history as it unfolds. Don’t miss out on the show that everyone is raving about! Check out KPANLL – The Musical…

Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady – The Musical
Date
: July 3 to 26, 2015 (second run)
Time: Every Friday and Saturday 8pm and matinees every Saturday 3pm and Sunday 3.3opm except on last Sunday, 3pm and 8pm
Venue: Onstage Greenbelt 1 Mall, Makati City
Facebook PageKung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady The Musical and Dalanghita Productions
Buy your tickets now from show buyers and online from TicketWorld!

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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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WICKED MANIA in MANILA! (@WICKED_Musical Review)

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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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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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Manila) is There, Inside Your Mind…

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I still can’t believe that PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, touted to be “the most successful musical of all time“, is being staged in Manila. I was addicted to its complete soundtrack during my college days, and I never imagined I would get to hear and watch it live with the traveling Phantom of the Opera cast. 🙂

It’s almost impossible not to be drawn into the love triangle story of Christine, Raoul and the Phantom because of familiar songs like:

  • Think of Me” by Christine and Raoul, 
  • The Mirror (Angel of Music)” by Christine, Raoul, and Phantom
  • The Phantom of the Opera” by Phantom and Christine
  • The Music of the Night” by Phantom, and 
  • All I Ask of You” by Raoul and Christine

I loved the smooth transitions from one grand scene to the next, especially when Christine was seduced by the Phantom to visit his secret hideout under the opera house, passing through an underground lake. It was mesmerizing to see the smoke, lights and candles slowly emerging to create the Phantom’s hiding place.

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DISNEY LIVE! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show

(Official Press Release of Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show)

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Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, Feld Entertainment’s all-new live stage production starring Mickey Mouse in a fun-filled road trip and talent search adventure, performs at Smart Araneta Coliseum from September 5 to 15, 2012! 


 

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Spotlighting favorite Disney characters such as the ever-lovable Tigger;

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Cinderella and her comical stepsisters; and

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Buzz Lightyear, Woody and friends from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story;

 

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Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show unfolds through an original, laugh-out-loud storyline that whisks audiences away on a wacky journey. 

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Produced by Kenneth Feld and Alana Feld, the show revolves around a one-of-a-kind, unpredictable road trip as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald spontaneously attempt to round up amazing acts for their talent show.

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Thanks to Mickey’s fantastical bus, they are able to soar over mountains and plunge underwater to complete their search for performers. Through the incorporation of a giant video screen and multiple scenic projection panels, audiences are able to enjoy a truly visual experience as the scenic backdrop takes them through country hillsides, a cactus-filled desert, a royal village and other picturesque locales.

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“What really sets Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show apart is that it incorporates classic Disney characters into a set of silly ‘cartoon rules’ where anything can happen and fun knows no boundaries,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “Families get to create lasting memories as they embark on a thrilling, high-energy, theatrical excursion with their favorite Disney friends, right in their hometown.” 

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Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show spotlights beloved characters performing a variety of talents as they sing and dance to a mix of hip Disney tunes. Audiences can join Cinderella as she performs “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”; hoot and holler at a hoedown with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; and bounce along with Tigger to “The Whoop-De-Dooper Bounce.

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“As Mickey and his pals team up to put on their show,” says Producer Alana Feld, “the audience will experience all the excitement, humor, hijinks and spontaneity inherent in both road trips and talent shows. They will be reminded of the fun that ensues when friends work together.” 

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For more details about Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, visit www.disneylive.com.ph or call Vivre Fort Entertainment at (02) 470-6956. Tickets are available in all TicketNet outlets and can also be purchased online at www.ticketnet.com.ph.

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SALTIMBANCO by Cirque du Soleil in Manila (Read this first before watching it!)

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Title : The Baroque characters | Picture credit : Al Seib © 2005 Cirque du Soleil Inc. | Costume credit : Dominique Lemieux

SALTIMBANCO is the longest running Cirque du Soleil touring show, which started way back in 1992. It comes from the Italian word “Saltare in Banco” which means “to jump on a bench”. It is inspired by life in an urban city and the interesting people living in it.

Like other Cirque du Soleil shows, it displays artistic circus acts with colorful costumes weaved into a socially relevant story (with funny clown acts as intermission). It features original live music described as “ethereal yet baroque, rhythmic and cosmopolitan” and an invented language inspired by Arabic, Swedish and German.

The sun is out, and Saltimbanco brings timely, colorful fun to Manila. 🙂 Finally, after 20 years, Filipinos can watch Saltimbanco on Philippine soil!

Here are some tips to enjoy the show and some background information on the characters:

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DRUM TAO: Why Watch the Art of Japanese Drums?

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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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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