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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 »

‘Carrie’–a musical prelude to Halloween

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Atlantis Productions will stage the suspense-horror musical “Carrie” in the weeks leading up to Halloween. The musical is based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel (first published in 1974) about a girl who is bullied in school and suffers under a cruel mother. She soon discovers a special power that she wields over her tormentors.

Posted: September 14th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Menchu the Magnificent in one stellar concert

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Singing Jason Robert Brown’s “Stars and the Moon,” an exceptional showcase of
storytelling through song. GIRLIE RODIS

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.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

At last–Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo in concert

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“EXPECT Broadway songs from musicals I have done, wish I've done and hope to do so in the future.”

It was 1977. The world was going to change for Menchu Lauchengco, 15, a high school student, but she didn’t know it yet.

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Triple Threats of Philippine Theater’ to hold solo concerts at CCP

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Nonie Buencamino

It is an industry term, we were told the other day. The term “triple threat” in the theater world refers to a performer who can sing, dance and act at the same time.

Posted: May 25th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘The King and I’ with Nonie Buencamino and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo–now much more than a battle of wits

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NONIE Buencamino as the King and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Anna Leonowens in Resorts World Manila’s “The King and I”

The romance could never be overt. Still, at the end of the day, it is the relationship between the titular characters in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” and the actors who play them, that can make or break any new incarnation of this beloved musical.

Posted: April 27th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Nonie and Menchu–getting to know the new King and Mrs. Anna

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NONIE Buencamino as KingMongkut and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Anna
Leonowens in ResortsWorldManila’s “The King and I,” extended until May 2013

On the opening show of the extended run of “The King and I” in Newport Theater, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Nonie Buencamino, who respectively play lead characters Anna Leonowens and King Mongkut, reveal that they were—gasp—still “winging it.”

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

‘Darker’ ‘Peter Pan’ coming up

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Here comes again that boy who didn’t want to grow up—Peter Pan—darker and more rebellious this time, backed up by an imported, hi-tech flying machine which threatens to sweep through the heavens. His whimsical story has been retold in a new London production—“Peter Pan—A Musical Adventure”—by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and the late Willis [...]

Posted: June 20th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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