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AIDA in Manila Review

On November 13, 1999,  I visited my college barkada Meli and Anna, who showed me around Chicago. We watched the Limited Pre-Broadway Engagement of AIDA at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. That’s where I was first bitten by the Broadway musical bug.

The musical premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on March 23, 2000. In the 2000 Tony Awards, it won Best Original Musical Score (Elton John, Tim Rice), Best Actress in a Musical (Heather Headley), Best Scenic Design, and Best Lighting Design.

Finally, after 11+ years, Aida makes its debut in Manila.

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Breakups and Breakdowns: A Review

It’s refreshing to see an all-original musical (ala NYC’s Broadway productions) written by Joel Trinidad and music by Rony Fortich. The story is a funny take on  PUA (Pick up Artist) Games, looking for the (impossible) “Perfect” one and breaking up (eventually breaking down). Read the plot here.

It’s a must-watch show for theater lovers since this is an obra maestra of Joel Trinidad!

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RENT Manila 2011 Review: Why I Love RENT This Time Around…

Honestly, I was not expecting a lot from the second run of Rent in Manila, especially when I learned that Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Maureen was only playing on Sundays.

In last year’s performance of RENT, Carla’s Moo performance in the song “Over the Moon” and Job Job Bautista’s portrayal of Angel Dumott Schunard were the highlights of the entire show.

I thought it would be the same as last year, just with a new cast.

I was wrong.

I was actually surprised at how awesome the entire show was, particularly the new cast members playing Mimi Sheree Bautista (and Ciara Sotto) — and Carla’s Maureen alternate — Mian Dimacali.

The actors have matured and own their roles already. You can feel the angst and the emotions leading up to the second act of the show.

Here is why I love RENT this time around…

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KAOS, the Circus Musical

KAOS, an original production by Resorts World, is the name of the land where the entire circus musical is set. The title is inspired by the actual name of the white lion in the show. It is a Chinese Acrobatic show+ American Circus + Cirque de Soleil + Broadway Musical rolled into one.

Here are the highlights…

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[RENT The Musical in Manila 2011] How Did you Measure Your Life in 2010?

How did you measure your life in 2010?

Let me start…

I’m happy that we were able to  launch platforms to help the best home-based businesses in Manila promote their products to foodies via Ultimate Taste Tests 4 & 5, Foodie Delivery service and Mercato Centrale Weekend Market.

Also, it was very fulfilling to have coached and inspired the next generation of Internet Mavens via the Maven Secrets Program Batches 3 and 4.

Now, it’s your turn…

How did you measure your life in 2010?

Please answer in the comments section (which will serve as your official entry in the contest).

The top 2 best answers get two (2) orchestra side tickets (worth P3,400) each to RENT: The Musical in the following Our Awesome Planet shows:  Opening Saturday Night February 12, 8pm  OR  February 19, 8pm Saturday show.

Contest deadline: January 16, Sunday, 11.59pm.

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Suddenly… A Xanadu Review

Xanadu is a hilariously cute parody of the 1980 Xanadu movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. The movie was a flop but the Broadway musical was a surprise hit. I love it because of the songs. Plus, there are a lot of moments that you should not miss.

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CATS Fever Finally in Manila :)


Photo from CATS Manila souvenir program.

Listening to the songs of CATS during my childhood introduced me to the world of Broadway Musicals. So when we learned last November that CATS would run in Manila, we immediately bought tickets for the opening night show.

What CATS is all about?

CATS is about the annual tradition of the Jellicle cat tribe whose members meet in a modern junkyard setting with the midnight moon in the background. Before sunrise, the leader of the tribe will select the jellicle cat that deserves to be reincarnated.

Throughout the show, the cats invite the audience to the Jellicle ball as they are introduced one by one. The cats are very particular about their identity and use three different names: one that is used by the family that owns them, then a more dignified name and a secret name.

 

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EQUUS, A Naked Review


Photo by Jojit Lorenzo

EQUUS is a very intense, disturbing and a bit shocking straight play.

It is intense because of the involving drama between child psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart and the young man he is treating, Alan Strang, who blinded horses and has a sexual fascination with them. It is based on a true crime involving a 17-year-old who blinded six horses in a small town near London.

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Omigod High! (A Legally Blonde Manila Review)

 

There won’t be any spoilers in this review because it is best to watch Legally Blonde The Musical without knowing what would happen beforehand. I was laughing almost non-stop throughout the show (and even after the show) with my wife — I can’t wait to watch it again this Saturday.

The supporting cast was AWESOME! Jett Pangan, Geneva Cruz, Calvin Millado, Joel Trinidad, Jinky Llamanzares and Felix Rivera all delivered. We also loved the Greek Chorus and Delta NU girls. 🙂 However, Guji Lorenzana and Cris Villonco’s performances were a bit tame; and Nyoy Volante and Nikki Gil did not have that much chemistry at all (maybe because of the height factor?)

Nikki was a bit tentative at the start, but she started to get her groove on after the Harvard scene. She still needs to internalize the role fully. There were flashes of brilliant performances, though, especially when she dances.

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