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9 Works Theatrical’s ‘Grease’ leads Philstage Gawad Buhay’s 2013 4th-quarter citations

9 WORKS Theatrical’s “Grease,” directed by Robbie Guevara. RAUL MONTESA

9 Works Theatrical’s production of the evergreen Broadway musical “Grease” in November last year grabbed 13 nods to lead the fourth-quarter citations of the 2013 Gawad Buhay!, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Grease The Musical’ is back in Manila

The cast of 9 Works Theatrical’s “Grease the Musical”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

It’s 1959! The hot-rodding T-Birds and the gum-snapping Pink Ladies, along with the rest of the students from Rydell High, are gearing up for the biggest and most explosive dance party of their lives.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

This summer, why not learn how to act on stage…and more

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Stage Campers doing a “Les Miz” number. Classes at 9 Works Theatrical, says artistic director Robbie Guevara, have a very personal and hands-on approach. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/9 Works Theatrical

This summer, why not bring theater appreciation to the next level by learning how to act? Various theater groups are conducting acting workshops—basic and advance—fit for children, teenagers and adults.

Posted: April 7th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Spring Awakening’ fizzles, ‘They’re Playing Our Song’ sparkles

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SCENE from Ateneo Blue Repertory’s “Spring Awakening,” directed by Andrei
Pamintuan. NIQUI TURINGAN

In terms of material, “Spring Awakening” and “They’re Playing Our Song” are polar opposites. The former is a modernist rock musical populated by 19th-century German adolescents on the brink of sexual awakening, while the latter is old-fashioned, feel-good fare about a neurotic musician couple.

Posted: March 2nd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Theater Calendar: February-March

ATENEO Blue Repertory presents the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Spring Awakening” Feb. 14-March 1 at the Rizal Mini Theater, Ateneo de Manila University.

Posted: February 16th, 2013 in Headlines,Super | Read More »

Theater calendar

The landmark original Filipino musical ‘Katy!’ will be revived by Spotlight Artists Centre in January 2013, with Isay Alvarez-Seña playing the lead role of bodabil queen Katy de la Cruz, a part originated by Mitch Valdez. Once again directed by Nestor Torre, “Katy!” has music by Ryan Cayabyab and libretto is by Jose Javier Reyes.

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Powerful new ‘Noli,’ hardworking ‘Sweet Charity’

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The last time Tanghalang Pilipino staged the Cayabyab-Lumbera musical-theater adaptation of Rizal’s novel “Noli Me Tangere,” the result was vastly underwhelming. Paul Morales’ 2005 production featured one forlorn piano as live accompaniment, uniformly unmiked voices, a gargantuan set that cramped everything else on stage, and listless direction which rendered Rizal’s convoluted tale more ponderous than [...]

Posted: August 22nd, 2011 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

1960s hostesses, GROs today?

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Long ago, I recall, there was this film version of a Broadway musical, “Sweet Charity,” with Shirley MacLaine singing, dancing and acting up, as they say, a storm. She and her colleagues played bar girls or dance-hall hostesses, what we would now call GROs. It was the music, at least some of the songs, which [...]

Posted: July 4th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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