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Did you miss watching Avenue Q? Give Ruv of Avenue Q tickets on Christmas Day!

Avenue Q – Final Run June 2008. 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Opening Night of Avenue Q’s Final Run!

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Did you miss watching Avenue Q? This is maybe your last chance to watch it!

Avenue Q High: Our Awesome Planet Review of Avenue Q

The Avenue Q Manila December Repeat Performances will be from 14-23 December 2007 with performances on:

14 & 21 December 2007 Friday 8pm
15 & 22 December 2007 Saturday 2pm and 8pm
16 & 23 December 2007 Sunday at 3pm

Most Filipinos would buy the tickets on the last minute in December and I guarantee that this will be sold out sooner than the first run. You can get tickets from Ticketworld but it is already a little bit expensive. I know two friends who bought shows on Dec. 15 and you can get it from them directly. Just say you are friends of OAP and I’m sure you’ll get a great seat 🙂 Not sure, if they are giving discounts — maybe an early bird, maybe not.

Ticket prices: Orchestra Center: P1,300 | Orchestra Side: P1,100 | Lodge: P1,000 | Balcony: P500

December 15, 2007 Saturday 8pm Show
Avenue Q Manila repeat: Dec 15 tickets now available

Please contact Joelle Horca: [email protected] or (Smart) 0920-901-0863 to order your tickets

December 15, 2007 Saturday 2pm Matinee Show (Get a 10% early bird discount until Nov. 18!)
Avenue Q Manila December Repeat Performances FAQs by the Bachelor Girl
Please contact Lorna Lopez thru: (Globe) 0917.9256505 or (Sun) 0922.3875729 or (email) [email protected]

THIS IS THE BEST SHOW IN MANILA! So don’t miss it again and I do sincerely hope that you get to watch it.

Just say, “Thank You”,

Anton

P.S. (I want to watch the Dec. 23 show, would you know who bought that show?)

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Avenue Q High

Avenue Q – Final Run June 2008. 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Opening Night of Avenue Q’s Final Run!

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I’m still on an Avenue Q high after watching the final dress rehearsals of Avenue Q last night at RCBC. This is the best musical broadway show that I’ve ever seen since Rent in Manila. They used puppets creatively where you can see the puppeteer holding it. For some reason, it was able to create an illusion where the voice of the actors can be heard coming out of the puppet and their facial expressions were mimic by the puppets. (Or was it the other way around?).

I thought that the show would be offensive because of the vulgar language, the full puppet nudity, and graphic sex scenes. It turns out to be a hilarious and fun show. It has the dramatic theme and vocal prowess of Rent with a Bubble-Gang-like spoof of Sesame Street.

It was a Rachel Alejandro show where she played two totally opposite characters of the virgin Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut. What surprised us most was not her singing prowess (which was expected), but how she was able to bring Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut to life with her facial expressions and body movements. In the bed scene of Kate Monster and Princeton (played by Felix Rivera), I saw Rachel really having fun with the way they were playing out the puppet scene. I can still remember the small boobs of Kate Monster and the funny sound that they were making. I’ve been listening to the Avenue Q songs for a month now, and Rachel nailed the Kate Monster part and she was able to capture the audience with the allure of Lucy the Slut.

Aiza Sequerra was brilliant in her performance of Gary Coleman. She has a striking similarity with Gary since she was also a childstar. We were all amazed at the clarity of Aiza’s voice. Aiza’s best moment is when she sang Schadenfreude (pronounced as Shahd-en-froy-de) which means German for happiness in the misfortune of others. I think most Filipinos would be able to relate to this term when you mention Malu Fernandez.

You should never miss Joel Trinidad and Trekkie Monster’s Internet is For Porn sequence. Everybody was laughing in the audience and you can see the different kind of laugh coming from the male in the audience. You don’t know if they are laughing because of Trekkie’s “choreography” or if it hits a nerve somehow. Now we know why Trekkie who spoofs Oscar the grouch in Sesame Street is always in the trash can and gets grouchy whenever he is interrupted.

Frenchie Dy plays the funny Christmas Eve. Despite the fact that she sometimes forget that she should be Japanese (instead of Chinese), she still nailed the part because of how well she delivers her songs and her funny accent and look. We love you Frenchie and you should see her in her outrageous wedding dress.

The last memorable sequence for me is the Rod and Nicky’s “Fantasies come true”. Just replaced Rod and Nicky with Ernie and Bert and you’ll be dying laughing about this bed dream sequence. Rod was played by Felix Rivera and Nicky was played by Joel Trinidad. Bravo!

The final scene where the entire cast sang “For Now”, gives me a Rent like chill. The message of the song “Everthing in Life is only For Now” hits me like the “No Day But Today” theme of Rent. You should see Rachel Alejandro acts out Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut one after another by holding the puppets at the same time. I’m amazed on how she can switch with such ease and fun.

Fantastic show. There are only 12 performances starting tonight September 7 until September 23 in RCBC Auditorium.

Related Posts:
The Puppets of Avenue Q by Tennis and Conversations

Music, lights, puppets! by Mila Tan
OMG!!! FULL NUDITY in a Philippine Theater Production!!! by Manila Boy

Anton

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Avenue Q Manila Cast with Princeton and Kate Monster

Avenue Q – Final Run June 2008. 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Opening Night of Avenue Q’s Final Run!

Avenue Q Manila Cast
Avenue Q Manila Cast!

I’m super excited to watch Avenue Q since January (see Avenue Q is coming to Manila). I’ve been listening to the entire soundtrack for a few weeks now. I always find myself singing “it sucks to be me” and “There’s a fine, fine line between love,and a waste of time”. I started noticing “schadenfreude” behaviors (happiness in the misfortune of others) and a little bit of racism in each one of us. I have adapted the motto, “You gotta go after the things you want while you’re still in your prime.” I’m going crazy over Avenue Q…

I’ve always wondered how the Princeton and Kate Monster love scene would look like performed by Rachel Alejandro and Felix Rivera. I’m sure Rachel Alejandro can do a good job in doing the Lucy the Slut song “I can make you feel special. When it sucks to be you.” Can Aiza Sequerra portray Gary Coleman? I’m sure the pinoy cast would make us all proud similar to how Rent in Manila was better than its Broadway counterpart.

I can’t wait to watch the first show. 12 days to go until opening day…

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Avenue Q Manila Cast ((Thanks to Atlantis Productions for sharing this photo of the Avenue Q Manila Cast)

Felix Rivera – Princeton / Rod
Rachel Alejandro – Kate Monster / Lucy the Slut
Joel Trinidad – Nicky / Trekkie Monster
Aiza Seguerra – Gary Coleman
Frenchie Dy – Christmas Eve
Rycharde Everley – Brian
Teenee Chan – Mrs. Thistletwat and others.

What is AVENUE Q about?
” AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There’s Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fianceé Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod — a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building’s superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.” (About Avenue Q the Musical)

Anton

Related Posts:
Avenue Q-Manila: Is Manila ready for the Puppet’s Full Frontal Nudity? (Ticket Info)
Avenue Q is coming to Manila (Jan 2007)
Meet the Cast of Avenue Q in Manila by Bachelor Girl
Avenue Q Manila FAQs by Bachelor Girl
Avenue Q Manila Asian Premiere by Bachelor Girl
Avenue Q Manila and the Straight Male by Bachelor Girl
Avenue Q Manila Atlantis Productions by Bachelor Girl

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Wander-ful Show!

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Wanders. (P100/ photo with cast members) Captivating, Timeless and Musical Delight. World-Class Entertainment, Never Seen Before.

Wanders is simply awesome. It is better to watch it without any expectation. It is like watching acrobatic acts of Cirque de Soleil, musical antics of the Blue Man group, and showmanship of a Las Vegas production. The production is created by the same group behind the production of Miss Saigon in Manila. The music is world class coming from the top musicians and singers in the industry. Calvin Millado plays the tour guide with Topper Fabregas and Cathy Azanza as Pol and Pola. Noni Buencamino acts and sings Elvis Presley and Austin Powers. The cast is reinforced by world class talents of the Russian dancers from Moscow and Belarussia and the Chinese acrobats from Henan province of China.

For me, the best ones are the Manuever’s version of the Blue Man Group where they use bamboo sticks and huge trash cans to create music. Although, I thought that sequence was too short and I was craving for more of Manuevers. We also like the chinese Flight of Love which reminded me of Cirque de Soleil’s Mystere show in Las Vegas. You should see the two lovers flying in the air and performing acrobatic stunts and “love scenes”. Lastly, I am amazed at the flexibility of the little chinese girls which you can see in this short video clip of Wanders.

It is still far from becoming a “world-class” show because the acrobats made mistakes. I’ve watched three shows of Cirque de Soleil and I’ve never seen any mistake in the execution of the stunts. They probably just need more practice. Also, I did not get the entire plot of the show. It appears that there was a tour guide who showed the different wonders of the world to a tourist couple. Then, they went to Las Vegas, China and other places. The tour ends in the Philippines where they “tried” to get audience participation in the final dance sequence of the show. They still have time to improve the overall story line and create a climactic ending.

Thanks to PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Efraim C. Genuino for believing in this Filipino produced world-class, family oriented entertainment. The show is for the entire family so I regret that I did not bring Aidan to watch the show. I hesitated to bring him along because I thought it was inappropriate to bring him to the Casino at night.

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Avenue Q-Manila: Is Manila ready for the Puppet’s Full Frontal Nudity?

Avenue Q – Final Run June 2008. 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Opening Night of Avenue Q’s Final Run!

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Avenue Q, Broadway’s smash-hit 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, will soon be opening in Manila on September 7, 2007. I can’t wait to see the great cast which includes Rachel Alejandro (dual role of Kate Monster and Lucy The Slut,), Frenchie Dy (as Christmas Eve) and Aiza Seguerra (as Gary Coleman). Chari Arespacochaga is co-directing Avenue Q with Bobby Garcia, so expect that this will be a world class show, similar to Rent.

What is AVENUE Q about?
” AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There’s Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fianceé Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod — a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building’s superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.” (About Avenue Q the Musical)

Here is another fun fact:
“As it turns out, Avenue Q, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical that continues to run on Broadway, has Pinoy blood behind it. Bobby Lopez, who wrote the show with his collaborator Jeff Marx, is half-Filipino.” (The Pinoy who wrote Avenue Q)

Start listening to songs such as “Schadenfreude”, “The Internet is For Porn” and “It Sucks to be Me”, etc.. So that you are not left out — there is still time. Do you think Filipinos will be ready for the Puppet’s full frontal nudity and explicit, vulgar lyrics? What’s your Favorite Avenue Q song?

Anton

P.S. 15 Sept 2007 3pm matinee performance
On the 15 Sept 2007 3pm matinee performance of Ave Q, P&G Employees are entitled to a 10% discount (yahoo!). Although the tickets for the 15 Sept 2007 3pm performance of Ave Q will be available mid-August, you can start reserving tickets for those interested. Ticket prices are (P&G employees are entitled to a 10% discount):

Balcony Php 500
Loge Php 1,000
Orchestra Php 1,250

Update 8/7/2007
FYI, Atlantis has decided that all the Saturday Matinee shows, including ours on 15 Sept 2007, will be moved from 3pm to 2pm.

We have decided as well to give Early Bird Discounts for Cash Purchases for the 15 Sept 2pm show:
10% Discount—Tickets bought from 06-19 August 2007
5% Discount—Tickets bought from 20-31 August 2007
5% Discount— On every 10 Tickets bought from 01-14 Sept 2007

They may only avail of the discounts if the tickets are bought directly from me. My contact details remain the same.

Contact Lorna Lopez for ticket reservations:
(Sun) 0922.3875729
(Globe) 0917.9256505
(email) [email protected]
www.thebachelorgirl.com

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Avenue Q is coming to Manila

Avenue Q – Final Run June 2008. 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Opening Night of Avenue Q’s Final Run!

Yehey!! Avenue Q is coming to town! I tried to watch this in London’s West End but it was fully booked and Standing Room Only. This is hilarious and you should never miss this puppet show. Finally, I can watch it in Manila; AVENUE Q runs in August/September 2007. Good luck to Bobby Garcia and Atlantis productions!

I want to watch the premier of Avenue Q in Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC!

AVENUE Q (by www.atlantisproductionsinc.com)

” Life may suck on Avenue Q, but for a bright-eyed college graduate called Princeton, this is his new neighborhood. A tiny bank balance and a variety of weird and wonderful friends and neighbors lead Princeton on a hilarious journey of self-discovery. Performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets(!), AVENUE Q was the winner of the 2004 TONY AWARDS® for BEST NEW MUSICAL, BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL and BEST ORIGINAL SCORE! It continues to run on Broadway and in London’s West End to SRO crowds. “

Anton

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“The Good Body”, Review

I must admit that I was not able to relate to the show.

Don’t get me wrong… the entire show was very entertaining from the moment Pinky Amador started her monologue and showed her belly button to Eve’s last entry #18 in her diary about Afghan Women eating ice cream illegally. The performances by Monique Wilson, Pinky Amador, and Juno Henares were excellent with their eloquent delivery with the right accent to the emotional facial expressions. Pinky Amador played the role of Eve, she was very funny. Her timing was excellent and her confidence showed through out the entire show. Monique played the role of Woman 1 which means, she would play a lot of roles and have to transform herself through the different woman she portrayed for 2 hours. What was memorable for me was the time she played an aggresive Indian woman in the gym — it was a hilarious scene! Lastly, this was the first time we saw Juno Henares in a play. She has a very beautiful expressive face and a not-so-slim body which fits very well with the role. The highlight for me was her performance on the “spread tuck” — I can still imagine the spread until now…

There was no dull moment except for Entry #13 on Isabella Rossellini portrayal that we ask what was the point of that monologue? This was an adult show obviously and it was very vulgar. I originally thought it was all about women’s obsession on her stomach but it attacks issues on women’s obsession in conforming to society’s standard of beauty defined by a slim and young body. The show is an essay and a deep dive on these issues and provokes the audience to reprogram their minds and love the body they are in. This reminds me of Olay’s tagline “Love the Skin you are in” and Dove’s Natural beauty campaign.

Now, this is where I can’t relate: why women around the world have been “programmed” to hate their body for what it is and always strive to make it a “good body” as defined by society. I guess this would remain a mystery to me and a subject of debate between me and my wife. There was no mention of the Filipina in the show but I bet these issues are also prevalent in our society brought about by the “Kris Aquino” generation. For me, a Good Body is a Healthy Body and that is the standard that we should aim for.

Anton

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The Good Body by Eve Ensler (creator of Vagina Monologues)

Finally , Eve Ensler’s The Good Body will be showing in the Philippines courtesy of the New Voice Company. I was happy to receive the email below and I’m sure would not miss its premier shows either on Nov. 10 or 11 @ 9pm. I’m sure it would be a night of laughter, and intellectual stimulation on the subject of Flabby Stomach. The main cast of the show would be theater veterans MONIQUE WILSON, PINKY AMADOR, and JUNO HENARES.

See you there! I do hope that the show won’t be disappointing because I heard mixed reviews about it.

Anton

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