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The Breakout Bunch, 2013

CLOCKWISE from left: Chimmi Kohchet-Chua (12) from Trumpets’ “The Bluebird of Happiness,” Arnell Ignacio (49) from Atlantis Productions’ “The Addams Family,” Aicelle Santos (28) from  Spotlight Artists Centre’s “Katy,” Jojo Riguerra (32) from Bit by Bit Company’s “Maxie The Musicale,”Mikkie Bradshaw (23) from Atlantis Productions’ “Carrie,” Poppert Bernadas (26) from Green Wings EntertainmentNetwork’s “Lorenzo,” Teetin Villanueva (24) from Dulaang UP’s “Collection” and Jayvhot Galang (15) from “Maxie The Musicale.” (Villanueva, unfortunately, missed the roundtable chat when she got snarled in horrendous Christmas Friday traffic going to the INQUIRER office inMakati, and could only make it to the photo shoot afterwards.)

The first Inquirer Lifestyle-Theater roundtable hosts eight actors–seven young first-time leads and one veteran on a stage comeback–whose standout performances this year made us bolt from our seats and cheer.

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

The resurrection of the original Filipino musical

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BART Guingona and Joaquin Valdes in The Necessary Theater’s “Red,” written by John Logan, directed by Bart Guingona. THE NECESSARY THEATER

When “Katy” opened on Jan. 27 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, not only was it the first local production to raise its curtain this year, it was also a harbinger of sorts.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Globe supports ‘Katy!’ rerun

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GLOBE TELECOM is supporting the return of the iconic Filipino production “Katy!”, scheduled to run at the Meralco Theater July 19-Aug. 4, in line with the company’s thrust of developing and promoting local talents.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

After 25 years, ‘Katy’ back onstage

Photo by Gibbs Cadiz

Visibly unwell, Isay Alvarez still blew everyone away as “bodabil” queen Katy dela Cruz at the press preview of Spotlight Artists Centre’s “Katy” Thursday night. Tirso Cruz III (as Katy’s father) and Dulce (as one-time stage rival Olivia) were also excellent. But the real find is Aicelle Santos (of La Diva) as the young Katy. Twenty-five years after its inaugural run (which starred Mitch Valdez as Katy and Celeste Legaspi as Olivia), the musical remains a signal achievement for composer Ryan Cayabyab and librettist Jose Javier Reyes, and a milestone in original Filipino musical theater.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

‘Dinggin ’nyo! Dinggin ’nyo!’–iconic musical ‘Katy!’ returns

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When Isay Alvarez was a little girl, her mother Nene took her to see the film “The Sound of Music.” The effect on her was electrifying, a defining moment which would eventually pave the way for her career as a singing actress.

Posted: January 12th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

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