Awesome to watch the Hamilton Musical on Disney Plus performed by the original cast led by Lin-Manuel Miranda as the author and lead actor to celebrate the American Independence Day weekend.
Hamilton is a theatre hip hop musical about the story of the United States Founding Fathers particularly Alexander Hamilton. We watched Hamilton at the West End in London last 2018.
Here’s what we think about what we like about the theatre movie version vs. the live theatre production.
First Things First
This is one of our memorable dates with Rache watching the sold-out West End production of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London last March 2018. We almost missed this but luck was on our side, someone returned 2 tickets and we immediately grabbed that opportunity even if it was out of our budget. I did not want to let this pass while we were in London.
One of my regrets in 2018 was missing the maiden run of “Himala: Isang Musikal” which eventually won 8 awards in the 11th Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards (the equivalent of the Tony’s in Manila).
I finally watched it last weekend. It is the kind of show that will resonate with you in understanding the Filipino psyche and challenge the way you deal with people and your relationship with God. It’s also an inspiration for creative professionals to deliver excellence in their work and make a positive impact on the lives of people.
Thank you to 9 works theatrical and Sandbox Collective for the 2019 rerun of this awesome musical that every Filipino should watch. It’s highly recommended. Best to watch without reading this review or any post about Himala. Buy your tickets before it is too late.
Ricky Lee and Vincent A. deJesus’ HIMALA: ISANG MUSIKAL Co-presented by: The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical Limited Engagement: September 20 until October 20, 2019 Venue: Powermac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati. Tickets are now available through Ticketworld Online or +632 891-9999,
Dani Girl is an enlightening tale of 9-year old Dani Lyons’ battle against cancer. At some point in our lives, we get a first-hand experience of cancer and how it affects our families.
The musical is about the child-like hope needed to battle against the dreaded Big C. I’ve always admired the work of non-profit organizations like Kythe here in Manila and how they are able to help kids with cancer.
Thanks to 9 Works Theatrical and Sandbox Collective for presenting Dani Girl, a relevant musical to raise awareness and empathy about Life with Cancer, again.
DANI GIRL by Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond
a musical about hope
Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium
4th Floor, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave., cor. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Saturdays and Sundays of August until September 1 Official Hashtag: #danigirlmanila Instagram: Tag @thesandboxco
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.
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 Page: Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady The Musical and Dalanghita Productions Buy your tickets now from show buyers and online from TicketWorld!
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…
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.
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.
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.
(Official Press Release of Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show)
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!
Spotlighting favorite Disney characters such as the ever-lovable Tigger;
Cinderella and her comical stepsisters; and
Buzz Lightyear, Woody and friends from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story;
Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show unfolds through an original, laugh-out-loud storyline that whisks audiences away on a wacky journey.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.
August 21, 2012
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