By Pablo A. Tariman
Don’t expect a retelling of history when you watch Chino Toledo’s opera, “San Andres B,” which opens Nov. 29 at the CCP Little Theater. The production’s artistic team says the opera is about awakenings and coming of age—a reimagining of Andres Bonifacio as a hero of equal or even greater stature than Jose Rizal.
The big revelation during Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo’s concert at the CCP Little Theater last Aug. 15 was that she is actually a woman of three faces.
By Tim Dacanay
“Elmar, look where we are now,” exclaimed Celeste Legaspi onstage when she received her Philstage Natatanging Gawad Buhay! for Lifetime Achievement a few years back. Celeste singled out the Philstage executive director who, aside from overseeing the awards night at the CCP Little Theater, had also convinced a number of reviewers of national dailies and arts professors from different universities to band together to watch and judge the year-round shows of the professional performance groups comprising Philstage.
By Vincen Gregory Yu
At the CCP Little Theater last July 5, musical theater actor Audie Gemora candidly recalled to a sold-out house his five-second audition for “Miss Saigon,” back when the musical’s creative team had just discovered the goldmine of homegrown Filipino talent.
By Vincent Gregory Yu
Spotlight Artists Centre’s revival of “Katy,” which closed last Sunday after a 12-show run at the CCP Little Theatre, was not without its flaws.
By Antonio C. Hila
International pianist Sofya Gulyak recently electrified Manila audience anew in a solo recital at the CCP Little Theater. This was only weeks after her sterling collaboration as featured soloist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in its final concert for the season.
By Gibbs Cadiz
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 [...]