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COUNT THEM—22 productions in just the first five months of the year, from the small two-character drama (“Red”) to the all-stops-out musical extravaganza (“Ibalong,” “Katy”). Local theater is at its most prolific and exciting in years; and so, before the last days of summer ring the curtain down on the old season to usher in the new by June—and with memory the only antidote to the ephemeral nature of theater—we thought we’d look back and salute the performances that lit up the stage and occasioned cheers in the previous months.
By Cora Llamas
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.
London’s West End is developing an Irish lilt.
Inspiration can often come if you look up at the sky or the twinkling stars. For Jason Robert Brown, such a moment came when he was deep underground.
By Totel V. de Jesus
Man-made miracles do happen and if there’s one person who knows this, it’s composer-music arranger-singer-actor-playwright Vincent de Jesus. Just last night, despite great odds, his co-written opus with Ricky Lee, “Himala, the Musical,” was restaged again to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
Culture Shock Productions, in cooperation with Fringe MNL, presents “Sa Wakas”, a new Pinoy rock musical.
By Walter Ang
In Atlantis Productions’ “Piaf,” audiences are greeted by a room made of wide, drab, wooden panels and crumbling shutters that reach the rafters, a visual metaphor for the vast, high-reaching yet damaged life of the play’s titular French chanteuse.
By Leloi Arcete
Touchworx Group Inc. and Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of the country’s most iconic Filipino musicals with Vincent De Jesus and Ricky Lee’s “Himala – A Celebration of the Musical”, a concert featuring the well-loved songs from the musical “Himala, Ang Bagong Pagtingin sa Mukha ni Elsa”. The concert to be staged at the PETA Theater Center is directed by seasoned Peta director, Soxie Topacio who also directed the musical ten years ago.
Actress-singer Isay Alvarez leads the cast in Spotlight Artists Centre’s revival production of the iconic Filipino musical “Katy” Jan. 17-27 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).
Bit by Bit Company, in cooperation with the Peta Theater Center, will be staging “Maxie The Musical: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros,” based on the award-winning Cinemalaya film, from Nov. 15-24, 2013, at the Peta Theater Center in New Manila, Quezon City.
By Gibbs Cadiz
“La Bella Confusione” was the original title Federico Fellini wanted to give his film that eventually became “8 1/2,” which then became the unacknowledged basis for the 1982 Tony-winning Broadway musical “Nine” that has music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Arthur Kopit (with assist from Mario Fratti’s Italian play “Six Passionate Women”).