Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:50 AM December 14, 2013
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
Outstanding Original Libretto
Nicolas Pichay, “Rock Supremo” (Ballet Philippines)