Excerpts from the best-loved Philippine modern and contemporary musicals will be featured in the ambitious production, “Musikal!”, the gala concert to mark the 45th anniversary celebration of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), on Sept. 5-6.
In a performance season dominated by musicals and revivals, Ballet Philippines’ (BP) production of the dance-musical “Rama, Hari” dominates the 2012 Gawad Buhay!: The Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts with a record-high of 22 nominations.
The year 1980 saw the world premiere of a landmark theater piece by Ballet Philippines entitled “Rama, Hari.” It was a creative collaboration among several artistic stalwarts, three of whom became National Artists: Salvador Bernal (scenography and costumes), Bienvenido Lumbera (libretto) and Rolando Tinio (English translation).
I WAS a young child when I watched “Rama, Hari,” Ballet Philippines’ popular ballet musical, decades ago. It was my first time to go to the CCP and I remember the jaw-dropping experience of seeing its giant fountain all lit up, the seemingly mile-long circular drive, the astounding, larger-than-life HR Ocampo mural.