Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:22 AM February 01, 2014
9 Works Theatrical’s production of the evergreen Broadway musical “Grease” in November last year grabbed 13 nods to lead the fourth-quarter citations of the 2013 Gawad Buhay!, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts.
“Grease’s” citations include outstanding production of existing material for a play or musical, outstanding ensemble, direction (Robbie Guevara), musical direction (Sweet Plantado-Tiongson and Joseph Tolentino), choreography (Arnold Trinidad and Francis Matheu), lighting design (John Batalla), sound design (Chuck Ledesma) and set design (Mio Infante), as well as the lead performance of Gian Magdangal and the featured performances of Reb Atadero, Iya Villania, Carla Dunareanu and Peachy Atilano.
In second place is Ballet Philippines’ “A Christmas Carol,” which garnered 12 citations, including outstanding modern dance production, outstanding ensemble, choreography (Edna Vida-Froilan), lighting design (Dennis Marasigan), sound design (Jethro Joaquin), set design (Ricardo Cruz), and nods for Nonoy Froilan’s lead performance and the featured performances of Carissa Adea, Denise Parungao, Jean Marc Cordero, Richardson Yadao. The ballet is also cited in the category of outstanding production for children (play, musical or dance).
Repertory Philippines’ “The Producers,” meanwhile, received 11 citations, among them outstanding musical production and direction (Jaime del Mundo) and nods for the lead performances of Robbie Zialcita and Topper Fabregas, and the featured turns of Audie Gemora, Noel Rayos and Joel Trinidad.
Tanghalang Pilipino’s modern Filipino opera “San Andres B.”, which for purposes of consideration in the Gawad Buhay! awards was classified under the musical category, received 9 citations, while Ballet Manila’s production of “The Nutcracker” had 8.
The Gawad Buhay! jury, an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts, has also decided to open a new category for Outstanding Production for Children (Play, Dance or Musical), to acknowledge the growing number of productions from Philstage companies specifically mounted and designed for such audiences.
All Philstage children’s shows are eligible for outstanding production consideration only in the fourth quarter of the year, since many of them have longer runs that may span two or more quarters, compared to other shows.
(See complete list of citations, right.)
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 FOURTH-QUARTER CITATIONS IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES:
Outstanding Original Script
Outstanding Original Libretto
Outstanding Original Translation or Adaptation
Outstanding Musical Direction
Sweet Plantado-Tiongson and Joseph Tolentino, “Grease” (9 Works Theatrical)
Onyl Torres, “The Producers” (Repertory Philippines)
Outstanding Original Musical Composition
Josefino Toledo, “San Andres B.” (Tanghalang Pilipino)