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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Omigod You Guys! Legally Blonde Contest Winners (Bend and Snap)!

Congratulations to the five (5) winners of Orchestra Side Tickets worth (P1,000) of OAP’s Legally Blonde contest! Thanks to the 99 contest entries for the Legally Blonde Contest — ALL of you will get an exclusive 20% discount on selected Legally Blonde Tickets for the June 26, Saturday, 2pm Show!  

You can text/email Rache to reserve the tickets and you can claim them at the Meralco lobby during the show itself. Just let us know the name and email address you indicated in your contest entry. 🙂 Here are the winners:

I Love to Watch Legally Blonde because….

1. christine00900 said…

I would love to watch Legally Blonde the musical because I loved the original movie. It has inspired me to break the stereotype and conquer my fears.

You see, I was a really geeky kid in school. Everything associated with anything kikay, I felt was a worthless past time. Little did I know this thinking was the result of my own insecurities. I was so afraid of trying out new things thinking I might look stupid and idiotic.

Elle’s character showed me that you can be stylish without coming off as a ditzy airhead. It also has made me realize that I was missing a lot in life because of my insecurities.

Ever since watching the original film years back, I have, among others, danced like a lunatic in a club, started my masters degree, travelled internationally all on my own, broken up with my loser “Warner Huntington”-esque of a boyfriend and found my own “Emmett Richmond” (who I did marry).

Legally Blonde breaks the stereotypes and shows just how far you can go if you believe in yourself and work hard. Its not how much you fail but how many times you’ve stood up and conquered your fears. =)

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[Contest] I Love to Watch Legally Blonde Because…

Contest Duration: June 15, Tuesday until June 20, Sunday 11.59pm. 

Related PostOAP | Legally Blonde The Musical in Manila!

Legally Blonde is a feel-good show, full of “girl-power” and lots of eye-candy fun. We met the star-studded cast of Legally Blonde during their rehearsals and we were surprised to see most of our favorite theater actors in one production. It will be an awesome show, and we don’t want our OAP friends to miss it!

We are giving away tickets to the Legally Blonde show. To win, just comment on this blog post by completing the sentence:

I Love to Watch Legally Blonde Because…

The best three (3) answers will win Orchestra Side Tickets (worth P1,000) for the June 26 2pm Opening Saturday show. We will also give exclusive discounts to those who will participate in this contest so that everybody who loves to watch Legally Blonde won’t miss this show.

We will announce the winners on June 21, Monday. 🙂

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Legally Blonde The Musical in Manila!


The second half of the 2010 Theater Season in Manila is getting exciting. Nikki Gil (of Coke commercial fame) plays the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical in Manila! The show is an adaptation of the Hollywood movie starring Reese Witherspoon. In case you haven’t watched the film, the story is basically about Elle Woods’ transformation from a frivolous sorority star to a Harvard Law student as she pursues the love of her life who dumped her for a more “serious” girl.

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Reminiscin’ Avenue Q

As I watched the Avenue Q preview show last night, I couldn’t help but get sentimental about how it made an impact on my life. This show is for people at the crossroads of their lives — be it their love life, their career or their life purpose.

My favorite line in the show is from Kate Monster: “You gotta go after the things you want while you’re still in your prime…” I watched the show during its first three runs in Manila and, each time, it gave me comfort when I looked back at my decision to quit my multinational day job.

On its fifth run, the seasoned cast members Felix Rivera as Princeton, Aiza Seguerra as Gary Coleman, Frenchie Dy as Christmas Eve, Thea Tadiar and Joel Trinidad as Trekkie Monster were very enthusiastic in performing once again after their successful staging in Singapore. All of them thought (me included) that the Singapore run was the last of the Avenue Q series in Asia.

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Avenue Q is BACK with Rachel Alejandro!

Avenue Q is finally back in Manila on its fifth run!

Rachel Alejandro is back as Kate Monster/ Lucy The Slut instead of Carla Guevara-Laforteza, who is currently playing the role of Maureen in RENT. Calvin Millado, who originally played Roger in the first run of RENT in Manila, is joining Avenue Q as Brian. The rest of the Avenue Q Gang are back - Aiza Seguerra, Frenchie Dy, Felix Rivera, Thea Tadiar and Joel Trinidad.

If you missed Avenue Q last time, now is the time to see it. 🙂 Experience the excitement in its last run in Manila before going to Singapore…

Avenue Q Manila Cast with Princeton and Kate Monster (August 2007)
Avenue Q High (September 2007)
Avenue Q Final Run – 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Opening Night of Avenue Q’s Final Run! (April 2008)
 Avenue Q: My Gigantic Heart Will Go On… (May 2008)
Carla's Avenue Q (June 2008)

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Romeo and Bernadette

Valentine’s is not yet over, not until you have watched Romeo & Bernadette. 🙂

The premise of this musical is funny in itself. Romeo did not die, he was just sleeping — until he awakens in the 1960’s. He meets Bernadette in Verona, Italy (whom he thinks is his lovely Juliet) and decides to pursue her all the way to Brooklyn in America.

It’s a bit “old school” theater, but it still is very, very funny. Just imagine: Brooklyn accents, Italian melodies, Shakespearean poetry, and Gangsters in a Romantic Comedy Musical. It’s sort of a weird combination but it works.

It has audience participation like RENT’s “Moo!” scene. Here, the crowd chants, “DONNA, DONNA…” Rem Zamora gives ROMEO & BERNADETTE great comic relief, much like what Job Bautista’s portrayal of Angel gave RENT. Both musicals are set in America but in different eras — RENT is in the ’90s while ROMEO & BERNADETTE is in the ’60s.

We love it because it’s unpredictably funny, complete with a showcase of 1960’s fashion. It is a feel-good romantic play that is light and sure to please any theater newbie out there.

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RENT Manila 2010 Review

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

Related Blog Post: Manila’s Essential Guide to Rent The Musical

It was a good show last night with awesome performances from Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Maureen and newcomer Job Bautista as Angel Dumott Schunard. Maureen’s Over the Moon performance was very memorable, especially when she encouraged the crowd to MOO with her (with her facial expression resembling that of a person suffering from loose bowel movement). Angel’s performance was “orgasmic” and he assumed the role like a theater veteran. His chemistry with OJ Mariano as Tom Collins was an instant hit with the audience because it was very believable.

The ensemble cast did a great job as well. Our favorite was Johann Dela Fuente’s “Honest Living” scene. We also liked Raul Montesa, Gary Junsay and Mark Tayag’s various mini-skits throughout the play. Well done, guys!

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Manila’s Essential Guide to Rent The Musical

(ANNOUNCEMENT: Congratulations to Edward Capacillo for winning the What’s your favorite Rent Song and Why? contest, and to Silver Surfer for winning the Your “La Vie Boheme” Moment contest! Please email or text me to claim your prize before January 31, 2009)

Seasons of LOVE, Another Day and Finale by Manila Rent Cast 2010!

Here is everything you need to know about Rent The Musical with the 2010 Cast:

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Your “La Vie Boheme” Moment

Contest Duration: December 19, Saturday to 11.59pm December 27, Sunday)

I just watched the Sneak Peek of Rent Manila with the 2010 Cast. It was a very nostalgic moment for us, the “Rent” generation. I remembered how the songs truly inspired me — from pursuing the love of my life — Rache, to following my passion in life — blogging about the beauty of the Philippines.

So for the next RENT Contest, can you share your own “La Vie Boheme” moment?

To enter the contest, you just have to create a Blog Post or a Facebook note and answer this:
What’s your ‘La Vie Boheme’ moment?” and mention the Feb 6, 2010 RENT OAP Show. Please enter the link of the Blog Post or Facebook note in the comments section of this entry.

The best entry will win:
– Two (2) Balcony Tickets for the February 6, 2010, 8pm show!
– A Black RENT Shirt for Women (XL Size)
– Rent Manila 2010 Poster

(BTW, I recorded the Sneak Peek last Wednesday night. Check it out below!)

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