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Magical ‘Musikal!’

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A HISTORIC night, as over 200 Filipino theater artists gathered
at CCP’s Main Theater to perform excerpts from 22 well-loved
original Filipinomusicals, in celebration of CCP’s 45th anniversary
JAY PANGILINAN

While ABS-CBN assembled its bevy of celebrities for its annual, highly publicized dress-and-glam-up festival known as the Star Magic Ball, the palatial Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) played host to an event of even grander and genuinely international scale.

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Sheila Francisco gets her turn to shine–and how

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SHEILA Francisco. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Little Theater better be sufficiently insured. Last we heard, the roof had been blown to pieces by a vocal supernova in the form of Sheila Francisco, in her first solo concert dubbed “Once in a Lifetime,” directed by Roselyn Perez.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Theater | Read More »

Cold, unforgiving truths in a beautifully depressing ‘Rabbit Hole’

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AGOT Isidro
as Becca in
“Rabbit Hole”
FRANCO LAUREL

There is much to praise in Red Turnip Theater’s “Rabbit Hole”—one of the trifecta of “beautifully depressing,” emotionally searing shows playing in Manila this month, the other two being the exquisitely mounted productions of Han Ong’s “Middle Finger” (by Tanghalang Ateneo) and Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years” (by 9 Works Theatrical).

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

In ‘Ghost The Musical,’ something is really dead

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CHRISTIAN Bautista as Sam and Cris Villonco asMolly in Atlantis Productions’ “Ghost The Musical,” directed by Bobby Garcia

Musicals based on movies are a tricky concoction, mainly because it’s rather impossible to predict that balance between faithfulness to the material and new creative input that would guarantee a respectable adaptation, if not a first-rate hit.

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Theater | Read More »

‘Games People Play’: Power in simplicity

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THEA YRASTORZA, Kalil
Almonte and Abner Delina Jr.
in Glenn Sevilla Mas’ “Games
People Play,” directed by Ed
Lacson Jr. ROXANNE CUACOY

Remember that story about the fair-skinned, virginal girl with the evil stepmother whose talking mirror has dreams of becoming a Miss Universe pageant judge? How about the one with the girl in supposedly eternal sleep, who can be awakened only by the kiss of a stranger? And the farm boy who scales a beanstalk and earns the ire of a giant apparently living in the stratosphere?

Posted: April 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

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