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Michael Williams: Life is a cabaret

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I am... 51,” to cheers from the crowd. GIRLIE RODIS

In the event Michael Williams decides to retire from acting, he can open a jazz club and take to the stage every night, seven days a week, singing Stephen Sondheim and Richard Rodgers, telling anecdotes from his colorful career, and engaging his male staff in flirtatious banter.

Posted: September 27th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Magical ‘Musikal!’

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

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


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’

AGOT Isidro
as Becca in
“Rabbit Hole”

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 »