By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
The granddaddy of all plays on Andres Bonifacio, whether musical or straight, is composer Jerry A. Dadap’s “Andres Bonifacio: Ang Dakilang Anak-Pawis,” with Dionisio R. Salazar, a Palanca Award-winning playwright, and leading poet Rogelio G. Mangahas, as librettists.
By Annelle S. Tayao
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.”
REPERTORY Philippines’ “No Way To Treat A Lady,” a musical comedy thriller with book, music and lyrics by author/composer Douglas J. Cohen, opens March 1 and runs until March 24, at Onstage Greenbelt 1. Audie Gemora directs.
The 2012 National Theater Festival (NTF) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), which will run from Nov. 8-18, will feature 16 theater groups from across the nation.
Repertory Children’s Theater’s “The Wizard of Oz” continues its successful run at Greenbelt 1′s Onstage.
It’s the end of the Broadway rainbow for “‘End of the Rainbow.”
Due to numerous requests from all theater lovers, Upstart Productions proudly brings back the Off-Broadway smash hit “Forbidden Broadway,” a cabaret revue sharply spoofing show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and current Broadway musicals.
By Karmel Lara
The Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) has emerged as the biggest winner the 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay awards, bringing home a total of thirteen wins for two of its box office hits: “Care Divas” a comedy-drama about five Filipino transvestite caregivers in Israel who moonlight as glamorous entertainers, and the musical “William”, which familiarizes young people with the beauty of Shakespeare’s works through rap and hip-hop.
This July, Dulaang UP is bringing back to the stage last year’s hit musical, National Artist Felipe Padilla de Leon’s “Noli Me Tangere: The Opera.” In this operatic rendition of Rizal’s timeless novel, director Alexander Cortez successfully melds the classic and the fresh to create a theatrical feat that reaches out across all audiences.
Dulaang UP opens its 37th season with the restaging of “Noli Me Tangere: The Opera,” the critically-acclaimed operatic retelling by National Artist Felipe Padilla de Leon of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere with libretto by fellow National Artist Guillermo Tolentino. This restaging is also part of the celebration of the birth centennial of Padilla de Leon. Touted by critics as the musical treat of 2011, the production had a successful, sold-out four-week run in November last year.