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A ‘Miss’ called Tanya

TANYAManalang on the “Miss Saigon” score: “I can sing the songs inmy
sleep—they become likemusclememory.”

When Cyndi Lauper recorded “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” in 1983, she wasn’t just being flippant; what she really meant was that women could have the freedom to do what they want in life.

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Theater | Read More »

How Leo Valdez got impossibly svelte for ‘Priscilla’

LEO VALDEZ in stratospherichigh shoes and skin-tight jeans at “Priscilla” curtain call.

He’s been running since before it became a fitness fad, and has kept an enviably tiny waistline because of it. So how could the one and only Leo Valdez possibly get any more svelte?

Posted: June 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

The heat’s still on in the new ‘Miss Saigon’

EVA NOBLEZADA as Kim and Alistair Brammer as Chris in the new “Miss Saigon” at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. MICHAEL LE POER TRENCH

I saw a May 6 preview of the “Miss Saigon” revival (at the Prince Edward Theatre), and what struck me first was that this is a more compact (and therefore more tour-friendly) version of the musical. The sets are now more functional than theatrical; obviously, the technical team is bent on avoiding complications and mechanical hiccups.

Posted: May 24th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Miss Saigon: What the London critics say …

Charles Spencer, The Telegraph: “Superbly slick, powerfully acted and splendidly sung revival … The 18-year-old Eva Noblezada is extraordinarily vulnerable and touching as Kim, and her raw, deeply felt performance and soaring voice lend the show its heart. Alistair Brammer gives a powerful performance as her beloved Chris, though fails to generate much warmth, while Jon Jon Briones is memorably seedy as the unscrupulous Engineer and gets maximum value from his big number ‘The American Dream,’ the one moment in the show of Broadway razzle dazzle, albeit accompanied by dark sardonic humor.”

Posted: May 24th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Theater | Read More »

Monique Wilson: ‘Art and activism are the lifeblood of my work’

MONIQUE Wilson leading “One Billion Rising” rally

Monique Wilson is an extra-busy woman these days. A few days after arriving from New York, she was in Tacloban to lend a hand to relief efforts for victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” Then she was off to Kidapawan, Cotabato, for another activity related to her longtime advocacy of women’s rights and social justice, which would also see her visiting the displaced sakada of Hacienda Luisita and documenting their plight.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »