Remember the young composer who did “La Gitana” at the Manila Metropolitan Theater with ballerina Vella Damian dancing to his music?
Crowds cheered at the Asiaworld Arena, with young and old members of the audience clapping and audibly gasping at the high-flying trapeze acts of Cirque du Soleil’s colorful “Saltimbanco.”
When she started working with members of the Bagobo tribe at the foothills of Mt. Apo in Davao del Sur 13 years ago, cultural worker, researcher and former Department of Tourism Region 11 director Sonja Villarica Garcia recalled that almost none of the indigenous people she dealt with were wearing their tribal costumes.
Musical theater is humming and the month of August is alive with at least three significant productions: Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Walang Sugat,” the classic zarzuela; Repertory Philippines’ “The Wizard of Oz,” another classic; and Ateneo Blue Repertory’s lively, youth-oriented “13: The Musical.”