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David Byrne tweaks his Imelda musical ‘Here Lies Love’


David Byrne has been thinking a lot about numbers recently.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Ang Nawalang Kapatid’: Small hall, ambitious musical

“ANG NAWALANG Kapatid” is the closing production of Dulaang UP’s 38th theater season.

Seasoned playwright Floy Quintos attempts to capture through the musical play “Ang Nawalang Kapatid,” the inherent complexity, cultural and religious specificity, and the folkloric, visionary wisdom found in the Indian epic “Mahabharata.”

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

My fake social-media accounts; ‘Wicked’ extended

MOI, James Cundall; Sophie Summer

Dear palangga readers, friends and followers, I must warn you that impostors are using me through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I have no such accounts at all.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Should you bring your kids to see ‘Wicked’?


In the musical “Wicked,” which is running at the CCP, actor Jay Laga’aia plays the Wizard, a character who is longing for a family. In real life, Jay is a father of eight.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Parenting | Read More »

5 things you need to know if you’re bringing your kids to ‘Wicked’

1. The show has a lot to offer kids of all ages, even your little ones—the show is very visual (don’t forget to tell them to look up so they can see the dragon); has special effects; and the songs are catchy (Oh, and here’s a tidbit for your “Frozen”-loving kids: Idina Menzel, Broadway’s original Elphaba, is also the voice of Elsa). The show offers a lot of laughs, too.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Parenting | Read More »

‘Luha,’ ‘Basang Basa sa Ulan’–yes, it’s a watery world for Peta’s ‘Rak of Aegis’

MIO INFANTE, scenographer for Peta’s upcoming “Rak of Aegis.” This year, he also did the production design for “The Bluebird of Happiness” and “Grease.”

The music of the popular Filipino band “Aegis” will be featured in Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (Peta) staging of its original jukebox musical “Rak of Aegis.”

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Of swan songs, Nazis & ‘Supremo’ musicals

LISA Macuja-Elizalde in Freeway: She did it her way.

“Ballerina of the People” Lisa Macuja had a triple threat for her many fans at year’s end: “Le Corsaire,” “La Bayadere,” and, for Christmas, the traditional “The Nutcracker” (Aliw Theater, Pasay City).

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Up close and personal with stars of ‘Wicked’

CONCERTUS executive producer Bambi Verzo and Kitel Calvelo

Today we continue the story of our trip to Auckland, New Zealand, in connection with the award-winning musical “Wicked,” which debuts in Manila on Jan. 22.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Columns,Fashion and Beauty | Read More »

‘Wicked’: The show to watch in Manila next month

DANCING cast at Emerald City

Auckland is the best city in the world. At least that’s what Aucklanders will tell you, dahlings, and we think they’re not far off the mark.

Posted: December 10th, 2013 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Fil-Am Eva Noblezada is new ‘Miss Saigon’ on West End


Seventeen-year-old Filipino-American Eva Noblezada has been cast to portray the titular character Kim for the upcoming West End revival of “Miss Saigon,” reports The Daily Mail.

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Chino Toledo’s new opera on Bonifacio: Like a ‘telenovela’

FLOY Quinto,Marvin Gayramon, Margarita Roco, Dondi Ong, composer Chino Toledo, National Artist Virgilio Almario, Arman Ferrer

It is not a rock or a pop opera,” composer Josefino (Chino) Toledo states categorically. “It’s a new opera, it’s a serious… well, it’s an opera!” He laughs.

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

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