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Where have our audiences gone?


I was fortunate enough to get cast in Tanghalang Pilipino’s critical hit “Stageshow,” the last and most fabulous play by the late, great Mario O’Hara. Doing the show was both exhilarating and disappointing, though. Exhilarating because every time we performed it, something magical was happening to all of us. It was so irreverently Pinoy and unflinchingly human. And during every show we felt Mario’s spirit watching over us laughing, the way he probably used to do every Christmas.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Travel | Read More »

National Theater Festival at CCP hopes to banish ghost of ‘Phantom’

The chandelier and the candelabras have been packed and sent away, and so as the Cultural Center of the Philippines bids farewell to the international touring production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” it has now opened its doors to theater productions of a more homegrown bent.

Posted: November 11th, 2012 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

My ‘Phantom’-inspired pre-50 birthday bash–minus the chandelier, of course


After watching the much-awaited “The Phantom of the Opera” in Manila, I was inspired to make my pre-50 birthday party just as epic in scope—without, of course, the crashing chandelier.

Posted: September 9th, 2012 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Becoming Christine


It’s half past eight on a Friday morning and Diamond Hotel’s Corniche is busy. The cast and crew of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” are milling about, filling their plates with breakfast treats, getting ready for yet another long day of rehearsals. We spot Cat Lane, who plays Meg Geri. We think we see Anthony Downing, the show’s Raoul.

Posted: August 25th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

‘Phantom of the Opera’ to mesmerize Manila starting this week


Just as how daunting weather and dampened spirits are met by Filipinos, for over 130 international cast, crew and orchestra members of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” the show must and will definitely go on—with a season extension to boot.

Posted: August 20th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Batman here, the Phantom there–costume balls for the cosplay crowd


Music moves emotions. It is one art form powerful enough to move us to tears. I recall watching Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” the world’s most successful and popular musical. Sitting in the dark, I was blown away with awe and delight at the drama the musical could evoke from me.

Posted: July 22nd, 2012 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Phantom and the Oprah–wait, this is a true story


We once had a dog named Phantom who was a signature breed—or in Tagalog, sosyal na askal. Phantom was a mix of Maltese and Cocker Spaniel. The pet shop owner that sold him threw in another mixed breed into the purchase, a mostly Shi Tzu puppy we called Oprah. Together the two were Phantom and the Oprah.

Posted: July 15th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Seduction by opera


Am I supposed to like the Phantom?” I whispered to Concertus managing director Bambi Verzo, who was sitting next to me.

Posted: July 7th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Unmasking the Phantom


Jonathan Roxmouth first fell in love with theater when he played “a very tall munchkin” in a nursery school production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Years later, in 2005, when the Barnyard Theatre Group held auditions for a production of “Grease” in South Africa, Jonathan knew he had to audition.

Posted: July 7th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

A spectacular ‘Phantom’ on film

The announcement said it’ll be at the theaters until Oct. 18, but if we were you, we’d dash to the cinema right now to catch the ultra-spectacular 25th anniversary celebration concert of “The Phantom of the Opera,” which was filmed live during its performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall recently, and is now being screened in select theaters worldwide, including some in the metro.

Posted: October 16th, 2011 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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