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TRUMPETS’ original Filipino musical “The Bluebird of Happiness”

Trumpets’ ‘The Bluebird of Happiness’ leads Philstage Gawad Buhay’s 2013 3rd-quarter citations

TRUMPETS’ original Filipino musical “The Bluebird of Happiness”

Trumpets’ “comeback” musical production “The Bluebird of Happiness,” with music by Rony Fortich and libretto and direction by Jaime del Mundo, leads the third-quarter citations of the 2013 Gawad Buhay!, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, with 18 nods in the performance, creative and technical categories.

 

“Bluebird” earned citations for, among others, its libretto and adaptation work (Del Mundo), musical composition and direction (Fortich), choreography (Nancy Crowe), costume and set design (Mio Infante), lighting design (John Batalla), and the individual performances of its child actors: Female Lead Performance in a Musical for Alessa Zialcita and Chimmi Kohchet-Chua, and Male Lead Performance in a Musical for Anton Posadas and Guido Gatmaytan. Also cited are Lynn Sherman and Joel Trinidad in the featured performance categories.

 

“Bluebird”’s other mentions are for Outstanding Stage Direction (Del Mundo), Outstanding Ensemble for a Musical, and Outstanding Original Musical.

 

Placing second with 14 citations each are Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Der Kaufmann/Ang Negosyante ng Venecia,” which transposed Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” into the Nazi era, with Jews in a concentration camp forced to perform the play; and Ballet Manila’s “Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang,” a celebration in dance of Severino Reyes’ enduring folk tales.

 

Following them are two Ballet Philippines productions—“Rock Supremo” with 11 citations, and “Giselle” with 10.

 

(See complete list of citations below.)

 

The Gawad Buhay! jury, an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts, has decided that, starting this year, a new category will be opened for Outstanding Production (Play, Dance or Musical) for Children, to acknowledge the growing number of productions from Philstage companies specifically mounted and designed for such audiences.

 

However, since many children’s productions run for weeks, even months, longer than the typical three-week schedule of other shows, all Philstage children’s shows will be considered for citation in the fourth quarter of the year, leading to the Gawad Buhay! final nominations for 2013.

 

Now on its fifth year, Gawad Buhay! is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by the jury who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year.

 

From the four quarterly citations, the jury will select the final nominees qualified to win the awards by the end of the performance season. Awarding ceremonies will be in early 2014.

 

Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit, Peta, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino, Trumpets, Actor’s Actors Inc., 9 Works Theatrical and Philippine Opera Company.

 

 

COMPLETE LIST OF THE 2013 THIRD-QUARTER CITATIONS

IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES:

 

Outstanding Original Script

No citation

 

Outstanding Original Libretto

Nicolas Pichay, “Rock Supremo” (Ballet Philippines)

Layeta Bucoy, “Sandosenanang Sapatos” (Tanghalang Pilipino)

Jaime del Mundo, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Der Kaufmann/ Ang Negosyante ng Venecia”

Outstanding Original Translation or Adaptation

Rody Vera, “Der Kaufmann/Ang Negosyante ng Venecia” (Tanghalang Pilipino)

Jaime del Mundo, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Outstanding Musical Direction

Francis de Veyra, “Rock Supremo” (BP)

Rony Fortich, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Outstanding Original Musical Composition

Diwa de Leon, “Ang Palasyo ng mga Duwende/“Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (Ballet Manila)

Juan Carlo Magsalin, “Anting-Anting”/“Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Noel Cabangon, “Sandosenang Sapatos” (TP)

Rony Fortich, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production

Gerard Francisco, “Ang Palasyo ng mga Duwende”/“Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Osias Barroso and Michael Divinagracia, “Anting-anting”/“Ang Mga Kuwento ni  Lola Basyang” (BM)

 

Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical

Nancy Crowe, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Outstanding Costume Design

Maki Albay, “Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Tuxqs Rutaquio, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Mio Infante, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Outstanding Lighting Design

Jimmy Villanueva, “Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Jonjon Villareal, “Giselle” (BP)

John Batalla, “Rock Supremo” (BP)

John Batalla, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

John Batalla, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Outstanding Sound Design

TJ Ramos, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Rards Corpus, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Outstanding Set Design

Jay Janolo, “Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Tuxqs Rutaquio, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Tuxqs Rutaquio, “Sandosenang Sapatos” (TP)

Mio Infante, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Female Lead Performance in a Play

Regina de Vera, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

 

Male Lead Performance in a Play

Jonathan Tadioan, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

 

Female Featured Performance in a Play

Raquel Pareño, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Doray Dayao, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

 

Male Featured Performance in a Play

Lou Veloso, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Marco Viaña, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Joe Gruta, “Kanser” (Gantimpala Theater Foundation)

 

Female Lead Performance in a Musical

Trixie Esteban, “Sandosenang Sapatos” (TP)

Chimmi Kohchet-Chua, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

Alessa Zialcita, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Male Lead Performance in a Musical

Anton Posadas, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

Guido Gatmaytan, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Female Featured Performance in a Musicale

Lynn Sherman, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Male Featured Performance in a Musical

Jonathan Tadioan, “Sandosenang Sapatos” (TP)

Joel Trinidad, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance

Denise Parungao, “Rock Supremo” (BP)

Carissa Adea, “Rock Supremo” (BP)

Joanne Emery Sia, “Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (BM)

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, “Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

 

Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance

Michael Divinagracia, “Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Richardson Yadao, “Rock Supremo” (BP)

 

Female Featured Performance in Modern Dance

Jan Erika Basilio, “Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Katherine Trofeo, “Rock Supremo” (BP)

Monica Gana, “Rock Supremo” (BP)

Missy Elizalde, “Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

 

Male Featured Performance in Modern Dance

Earl John Arisola, “Rock Supremo” (BP)

JM Cordero, “Rock Supremo” (BP)

Victor Maguad, “Rock Supremo” (BP)

 

Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance

Denise Parungao, “Giselle” (BP)

Katherine Trofeo, “Giselle” (BP)

Carissa Adea, “Giselle” (BP)

 

Male Lead Performance in Classical Dance

Earl John Arisola, “Giselle” (BP)

JM Cordero, “Giselle” (BP)

Richardson Yadao, “Giselle” (BP)

 

Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance

Rita Winder, “Giselle” (BP)

Ana Margarita Reyes, “Giselle” (BP)

 

Outstanding Modern Dance Production

“Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

 

Outstanding Classical Dance Production

No citation

 

Outstanding Stage Direction—Play or Musical

Tuxqs Rutaquio and Rody Vera, “Der Kaufmann” (TP)

Jaime del Mundo, “The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play

“Der Kauffmann” (TP)

 

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical

“The Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)

 

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Dance

“Ang Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

 

Outstanding Ensemble for Classical Dance

“Giselle” (BP)

 

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play

“Der Kaufmann/Ang Negosyante ng Venecia” (TP)

 

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical

No citation

 

Outstanding Original Play

No citation

 

Outstanding Original Musical

“Sandosenang Sapatos” (TP)

“Bluebird of Happiness” (Trumpets)