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Carla’s Avenue Q

***** June 13, 2007 Opening Night Update *****

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Carla’s performance was really something else on opening night. It is indeed like watching an entirely new show. We are glad to introduce the show to people who never watched it before. Every Filipino in Makati should be watching this world-class show. If US has Broadway in New York and Europe has West End in London, Asia has Manila as the capital of world-class musical theater shows. I am so proud of our theater guys!

The show only runs until June 22 Sunday. So don’t miss it! This is the finale run and you won’t see it in Manila ever again.

Here are the contact numbers where you can buy your tickets:
June 13 Friday 8pm Joelle Horca +63920-9010863
June 14 Saturday 2pm Lorna Lopez +63917-9256505
June 14 Saturday 8pm Joelle Horca +63920-9010863
June 15 Sunday 3pm Pamela Cruz +63906-3414545
June 15 Sunday 8pm Theody Demaisip +63920-9326067
June 17 Tuesday 8pm Women of Aleitheia +63915-9263965
June 18 Wednesday 8pm Alexandra Orosa +63917-8432252
June 19 Thursday 8pm Ticketworld +632 891-9999
June 20 Friday 8pm Ticketworld +632 891-9999
June 21 Saturday 2pm Jay Duran +63917-5366832
June 21 Saturday 8pm Lorna Lopez +63917-9256505
June 22 Sunday 3pm Theody Demaisip +63920-9326067
June 22 Sunday 8pm Mae Castro +63906-3414559

June 12, Original Post

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Great Job, Carla! Most of the audience, who attended Avenue Q’s technical dress rehearsal last night, would agree that Atlantis made a great decision in selecting Carla Guevarra to play the leading female role, replacing Rachel Alejandro.

Carla did it! She was able to perform Kate Monster very well and delivered a seamless switching of character as Kate and Lucy T. Slut.

As I watched the show, I realized that she was more beautiful than Rachel Alejandro (my personal opinion). Carla was able to convincingly portray the seductiveness of Lucy The Slut better than Rachel. You shouldn’t miss this! You’ve got to watch the show to see how a puppet can be as seductive as a real female thru Carla’s right combination of voice and movement.

I also liked the pa-tweetums effect of Kate Monster and the romantic chemistry she had with Princeton. The courting scenes between Kate and Princeton were more alive than I remembered it from the previous Avenue Q shows I’ve watched.

Since it was a technical dress rehearsal, I could see Carla‘s nervousness at the start but her acting performance slowly transformed with confidence as the show went on. Towards the middle of the show, Carla got that puppet magic where you won’t notice her as a person anymore because she was able to mirror her facial expression through the puppet. At the end, you’ll just noticed that you were already watching the puppet’s act and forgot that Carla was even there.

I honestly thought that Rachel Alejandro’s performance as Kate Monster cannot be replaced but Carla elevated the sweet and seductive roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut into a different level. Although, I must admit that Rachel’s version of “There’s A Fine, Fine Line…” cannot be matched and will forever be remembered to those who have watched Avenue Q several times.

I would commend Aiza Seguerra as she portrayed the role of Gary Coleman, Joel Trinidad as Trekkie Monster, and Frenchie Dy as Christmas Eve for their great performance. They have mastered it and are ready for their Singapore stint!

Thanks to Atlantis Productions and Lorna, the Bachelor Girl, for inviting me to this technical dress rehearsal! Lorna is selling tickets for the 21 June, Saturday, 8pm show of Avenue Q.

Avenue Q – The Farewell Run:

13-22 June 2008 at

Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza.

All tickets may be bought from Atlantis Productions (www.atlantisproductionsinc.com, 892-7078)

Ticketworld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).

Some Final Reminders and Tips for those watching Avenue Q on its Finale Run:

1. Casual Chic dress code. Wearing jeans is perfectly OK.

2. Given Carla‘s exceptional performance of Lucy T. Slut and the sex scene of Kate Monster, you might need to talk to your kids about the adult content of the show before it starts.

3. Parking at RCBC Plaza is P40 for 2 hours and visitor’s parking is on the Basement 5.

4. You can eat at Piquant, Kangaroo Jack (for free Wifi), located at the 3rd floor or Hexagon Lounge at 4th floor. There are a lot of fast food outlet in the third floor (Starbucks, Olivers, Subway, Mexicali, etc.) for those who only have a few minutes left before the show starts.

5. Show starts and ends on time with a 15-minute intermission in between sets.

6. After the intermission, there is a scene in the second act where they will ask the audience for donation for the Monterssori school. Be prepared to give money when they pass around the hat.

7. Throughout the entire show, you might be tempted to sing and dance but you have to control yourself and respect the people beside you.

8. Expect the show to end on or before 10:30pm. If you brought and parked your car at the RCBC parking lot, expect that there would be people traffic going to the basement via the elevator after the show.

9. Balcony and Orchestra Center seats are almost sold out in most of the shows but there are still available Orchestra Sides and Loge tickets. For last minute buyers, you can still buy tickets on the night of the show.

10. If you have friends who never watched it before, invite them to watch one of the awesome musical broadway show in the Philippines since The Rent days. They only have until this and next weekend to watch it before it goes to SIngapore. Matinee Show starts at 2pm while evening show starts at 8pm.

Anton

Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.

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

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1. Get to see the first time performance of Carla Guevarra-Laforteza as the new Kate Monster and Lucy T. Slut.
There is a long insider story on why Rachel Alejandro, 2007 Theater Best Actress-Musical Winner for Avenue Q, was replaced by Carla. Carla was a Miss Saigon alumni and honorable mention in the 2007 Theater awards for her performance in “Song & Dance”. Rachel is the soul of the past two sold-out performances of Avenue Q. Can Carla take Kate Monster and Lucy T. Slut to a whole different level? (If you know the insider story, please post on the comments section.)

    Rachel Alejandro (“Avenue Q”). The best word for her turn here is exquisite, if not awesome.
    Among the many pleasures of this musical, Alejandro’s aching rendition of
    “There’s a Fine, Fine Line” will be remembered for some time.

    – by Gibbs Cadiz

    2. If you missed the first two runs of Avenue Q, this is your last chance to see it in Manila.
    Avenue Q is performing in Singapore in late October at the Esplanade Theater for a three-week run produced by The Singapore Repertory Theater. I’m glad that they decided to have a final run in Manila. Don’t miss this for the third time – it is really good!

    “ This definitely is the MUST-WATCH theater event of 2007.
    IT WILL REALLY SUCK TO BE YOU if you miss it!!! ”
    – Spanky Enriquez, Manila Boy

    3. Be the first one to blog about it!
    One of my SEO secrets for my OAP blog is to be the first one to write a review or post about an event. For the first run of Avenue Q, I probably published the first review ever: Avenue Q High on Sept 7, 2007. I got a lot of hits for this and that is why I’m watching on the opening night of Avenue Q: The Final Run. Also, you will be the star if you can participate in the chit chat and buzz about Avenue Q’s opening night.

    “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.”
    – Anton Diaz, Our Awesome Planet

    4. OAP is selling the best value tickets for the opening night of Avenue Q’s Final Run!
    In partnership with Ticket 2 Me, I’m personally selling limited tickets to the June 13, Friday 8pm Opening Night and June 14, Saturday 8pm Opening Night for the Avenue Q Final Run. The shows will be sold out before June. I want my OAP friends to never miss this opportunity to watch Avenue Q’s final run!

    Avenue Q is what has become of Sesame Street while we’re away getting a college degree.
    Coming back, we find a grungier, less innocent neighborhood.”
    – Socky Pitargue, Tennis and Conversations

    Avenue Q: The Final Run! June 13, 2008. Friday. 8pm. RCBC Theater
    June 13 Seatplan. Reserve Your Best Seats Now!

    Orchestra Center (P 1, 300). Special Online OAP Price $ 30.0
    Orchestra Sides (P 1,100). Special Online OAP Price $ 25.0
    Loge (P 1,000). Special Online OAP Price $ 23.0
    Balcony (P 500). Special Online OAP Price $ 11.0

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    All Major Credit Cards are accepted. No Service Fees or Processing Fee. Compare Prices @ Ticket World.

    Avenue Q: The Final Run! June 14, 2008. Saturday. 8pm. RCBC Theater
    June 14 Seatplan. Reserve Your Best Seats Now!

    Orchestra Center (P 1, 300). Special Online OAP Price $ 30.0
    Orchestra Sides (P 1,100). Special Online OAP Price $ 25.0
    Loge (P 1,000). Special Online OAP Price $ 23.0
    Balcony (P 500). Special Online OAP Price $ 11.0

    Official PayPal Seal

    All Major Credit Cards are accepted. No Service Fees or Processing Fee. Compare Prices @ Ticket World.

    Alternatively, you can reserve via email ([email protected]) and pay me in regular peso rates by depositing payment in my BPI bank account.

    5. It is the best Happy Father’s Day gift you can ever give this 2008!
    Manila celebrates Father’s Day on the Third Sunday of June. Tickets to Avenue Q will be the best gift you can ever give this 2008. If you are away from Manila, you can purchase online and let me know if it is a gift so that we can personally wrap it with your greetings. Please specify it in your order above in the comments/ special delivery instructions.

    “Look out for the wonderful performances that make you pause and think “am I reacting to the puppet or the actor?”,

    the darn good singing from most of the cast (a few weak links won’t spoil the broth except for the overly picky),
    moments of feeling transported back to childhood/young adulthood/actually most of life’s roller coaster

    moments throughout the show, and laughter that won’t stop till that last encore.”
    – Mila Tan, Watergirl.
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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

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    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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    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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