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BroadwayWorld.com: PETA Scores A Hit With CARE DIVAS, Encore Performances Set 4/1-3

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com
Manila, Philippines, March 26, 2011 - Musicals on drag queens have irresistible appeal to theater audiences nowadays -- Broadway classic "La Cage Aux Folles" has been running strong at the Longacre Theatre (N.Y.) since it opened last year. New Broadway import "Priscilla: Queen of the Desert" has been attracting long lines of ticket buyers at the Palace Theatre (N.Y.) since it opened March 20.

On the local front, "Care Divas," Philippine Educational Theater Association's (PETA) newest musical comedy, responds to a public clamor for encore performances at the PETA Theater Center (Quezon City) set April 1, to 3.

"During 'Care Diva's' February-March run, the musical had been enjoyed by a wide range of audiences: students, gay groups, Overseas Filipino Workers' (OFWs) families, balikbayans and local celebrities that included Sharon Cuneta, KC Concepcion, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, film and stage …

Photo Flash: NEXT TO NORMAL Manila Opening Night - BroadwayWorld.com

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com
Manila, Philippines, March 13, 2011 - Atlantis Productions brings to Filipino audiences the first licensed English language production outside the United States of rock musical "next to normal" at RCBC Theater, Makati City from March 12-27.

"next to normal," which is Atlantis Productions' first musical theater production of the year -- "Aida," "In the Heights," and "Little Mermaid" are in the pipeline -- opened the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece to an enthusiastic audience; model, film, and television personalities were among those who attended the premiere.

Helmed by international stage director Bobby Garcia, "next to normal" features musical theater veterans Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Diana Goodman, Jett Pangan as Dan Goodman, Felix Rivera as Gabe Goodman, Bea Garcia as Natalie Goodman, Jake Macapagal as Doctor Madden, and stage newcomer Markki Stroem as Henry.

Earl…

BroadwayWorld.com: First Ever ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' In Tokyo Cancels Remaining Performances

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Tokyo, March 12, 2011 - Filipino-American stage actress Jennifer Paz, "American Idol" Season 4 finalist Anthony Fedorov, and the rest of the cast and crew of Broadway Asia's touring production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" had to spend the night at their hotel lobby after a massive earthquake hit Japan Friday afternoon.

Performances set Friday night through Monday have been cancelled. The Tokyo International Forum, which serves as performance venue, has been transformed into an emergency evacuation center.

"We had a crazy day. We went to see 'Beauty and the Beast' in Japanese. And right before the end of Act One, the entire theater started shaking because we started to experience an 8.9 earthquake. They kept everybody outside. We're back in the hotel now. Everybody's safe. Everybody's OK," said Fedorov, who plays Joseph in the touring production.

The 8.9-magnitude earthquak…

BroadwayWorld.com: NYU Alum Stephen Mark Lukas To Play Lead In THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Manila

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com
New York, March 11, 2011 - Philippine show biz royalty Karylle Tatlonghari, who will essay the role of Clara Johnson in Stages Production Specialists Inc.'s Philippine premiere of Broadway musical "The Light In the Piazza," has found a new leading man in New York University Tisch School of the Arts alumnus Stephen Mark Lukas. He auditioned for the role of young Italian Fabrizio Naccarelli in N.Y. Matthew Morrison and Aaron Lazar previously played the romantic lead in the Broadway production.

"Aaron Lazar and I have the same agent, Robert Atterman. And Aaron is someone I've always looked up to. It'd be great to be able to play the role of Fabrizio. I've never been to Manila. This is an incredible opportunity for me, said Lukas.

Stages Productions had been auditioning actors in Manila for the role of Fabrizio since last year, but ended up auditioning in Manhattan with American casting agent Judy Henderson. "Castin…

BroadwayWorld.com: Stages Productions (Manila) Holds Auditions For Actors In NY

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com
New York, March 6, 2011 - Stages Production Specialists Inc., an event production company based in Manila, Philippines, has been auditioning male singers and actors in N.Y. who can fill the role of young Italian Fabrizio Naccarelli in the company's local production of Broadway musical "The Light in the Piazza" in July. The scarcity of leading men in local theater has brought the show's producers to N.Y.

"We're looking for a Fabrizio who has a beautiful tenor voice. He must be a handsome and strong actor. Casting agents in Manila had offered very limited choices for leading men in local theater. I want to get a Broadway actor instead, and treat Manila audiences to a world class performance," said Stages Productions president Audie Gemora.

The successful candidate for the role of Fabrizio will be paired with singer and actressKarylle Tatlonghari, who will essay the role of Clara Johnson in "The Light in the Pi…

BroadwayWorld.com: Filipino-Australian Rock Star MiG Ayesa Returns To Broadway, 3/24

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com
New York, March 3, 2011 - From "Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark" to "Rock of Ages," Filipino talents will light up Broadway marquees in the spring season.

"Rock Star: INX" finalist MiG Ayesa brings his nightly touring performance as Stacee Jaxx in the musical comedy "Rock of Ages" to the Helen Hayes Theatre (240 W 44th St.) starting Thurs., Mar. 24. Prior to joining the Broadway and national touring cast of "Rock of Ages" over the last two years, Ayesa made his Broadway debut in the dance musical "Burn the Floor."

"I feel not only incredibly humbled and blessed, but also incredibly grateful to reopen 'Rock of Ages' on Broadway. While touring with the show the past six months was one of the most fulfilling and fun-filled adventures for me - being able to once again work in a city that's home, in the company of family and friends, is what I'm looking forward to about th…