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Photo Flash: MAMMA MIA! Manila Meets the Press - BroadwayWorld.com

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, August 28, 2011 -- Mamma Mia!, Broadway's 11th longest-running musical, is set to premiere in the Philippines early next year through Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkin Enterprises, Hi Definition Radio Inc. and Concertus Inc.'s international touring production of the Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Catherine Johnson hit musical.

James Cundall, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions chief executive, recently presented British actors Sara Poyzer (Donna Sheridan), Charlotte Wakefield (Sophie Sheridan), Rosie Heath (Ali), Tasha Taylor Johnson (Lisa) and Kelly Edwards to the local media. These lead actors, together with some 30 cast members, will headline Mamma Mia! at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theatre starting January 24, 2012.

Mamma Mia!, which is widely regarded as the mother ship of jukebox musicals, contains 22 of the best radio hits of ABBA, a Swedish pop music group formed by Andersso…

BroadwayWorld.com: STOMP Comes to Manila, 10/18-23

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, August 23, 2011 -- The non-traditional Off Broadway show Stomp, which has been packing in audiences at the Orpheum Theatre in East Village, New York since 1994, will have a limited run at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theatre from October 18 to 23.

Stomp, created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, showcases actors who use ordinary objects as musical instruments (brooms, dust bins, and boxes of matches, among others) while they show off their dance moves and their flair for comedy.

Local audiences may be more familiar with Stomp's dolby digital cinema ads shown in Metro Manila cineplexes.

"What drives Stomp is its complex combination of polyrhythms building one on top of the other in waves of tension and release, creating a kind of mesmerizing, hypnotic effect on the audience. That they're doing this with common household objects and industrial junk, is what makes it so appealing... Co-directors a…

Photo Flash: Ateneo Blue Repertory Celebrates 20 Years with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - BroadwayWorld.com

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, August 18, 2011 --Ateneo Blue Repertory (Hair, Edges), a student-led musical theater organization at Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), kicks off its 20th anniversary with Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's rock musical Little Shop of Horrors, which is running until Saturday, August 27 at ADMU's Fine Arts Theatre.

Based on the 1960 black and white film with the same title, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of dorky florist Seymour Krelborn (Luis Marcelo) and his chance at romance with ditzy chick Audrey (Maronne Cruz). However, a sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello, DDS (Gelo Lantaco) and a man-eating plant Audrey II (Tina Ramos) are obstacles that stand in the way of the young lovers.

"For Ateneo Blue Repertory's 20th season, the theme focuses on man's inner struggles -- the clash between the beast and humanness within us," said Ejay Yatco, Ateneo Blue Repertory's artistic director. "Seymou…

STAGE TUBE: 9 Works Theatrical Presents SWEET CHARITY Manila - BroadwayWorld.com

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, August 16, 2011 -- Television and recording artist-turned-stage actress, Nikki Gil (Charity Hope Valentine), and newbie theater actor, Kris Lawrence (Oscar Lindquist), lead 9 Works Theatrical's (Rent, The Wedding Singer) production of the classic Broadway musical comedy, Sweet Charity, at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

Sweet Charity, which originally starred Gwen Verdon as dancer-for-hire, Charity Hope Valentine, premiered on Broadway in 1966. The original Broadway production had Cy Coleman's music, Dorothy Fields' lyrics, Neil Simon's book and Bob Fosse's Tony Award-winning choreography. The musical was also adapted into a full-length film in 1969, which starred Shirley MacLaine as Charity, and had several remakes on Broadway. Sweet Charity's most recent revival on the Great White Way was in 2005, which had Christina Applegate and Charlotte d'Amboise in the title role.

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Buy your tickets now: SUITES BY SONDHEIM at Lincoln Center starring Lea Salonga, T.V. Carpio, Adam Jacobs et al.

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New York, August 14, 2011 -- Philippine Development Foundation (“PhilDev”) announces that tickets for its upcoming star-studded benefit concert, “PhilDev Celebrates Broadway: Suites by Sondheim,” set for Monday, November 7, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, can now be purchased at Lincoln Center’s box office by visiting www.lincolncenter.org or by calling 212-721-6500. Ticket prices are $100, $150, $250 and $500. Limited patron/VIP subscriber seats of $1,000 are available (includes a pre-concert VIP reception) by contacting Rene Encarnacion at rene@phildev.org or 650-288-3937. 100% of net proceeds will benefit PhilDev.

Directed by Victor Lirio with music direction by Tom Myron and with an all-star cast of Filipino-American Broadway stars led by Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, the evening’s concert will be devoted to the works of iconic American lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim. It will present musical numbers from Broadway shows such as "Company," …

Photo Flash: Repertory Philippines Opens SEUSSICAL, 8/13-12/11 - BroadwayWorld.com

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, August 14, 2011 -- Repertory Philippines (Little Women, Equus), the country's premier English-language theater company, opened its five-month run of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahren's Tony Award-nominated children's musical, Seussical, yesterday at the Onstage Theatre, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. The musical runs until December 11.

Seussical assembles an amalgamation of American writer Theodor Seuss Geisel's whimsical, far-out and unconventional characters from children's books The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, Yertle the Turtle and other Dr. Seuss books.

Its story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge -- not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird l…

STAGE TUBE: Repertory Philippines' SEUSSICAL on ANC; Show Opens 8/13 (BroadwayWorld.com)

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com
Manila, Philippines, August 10, 2011 -- The cast of Repertory Philippines' upcoming production of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahren'sSeussical recently performed an excerpt from the Broadway musical on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). Seussical runs from August 13 to December 11 at the Onstage Theatre, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.

Seussical assembles an amalgamation of American writer Theodor Seuss Geisel's whimsical, far-out and unconventional characters from children's books The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, Yertle the Turtle and other Dr. Seuss books.

Its story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge -- not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird left in his care. Although Horton f…

BroadwayWorld.com: Sutton Foster Receives a Special Gift from a Filipino Fan

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, August 7, 2011 -- Twitter is a perfect way for Broadway stars to connect with their fans.

Two time Tony Award-winning actress, Sutton Foster, flashed a photo of her holding a dainty graphic illustration that rounded up her characters from past and current Broadway shows -- from Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie to Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes -- on her Twitter account yesterday. Dianne Louise Dequino, a 17-year-old Computer Science and Information Technology student and a budding photographer and graphic artist from the Philippines, made the illustration.

Ms. Dequino -- a self-confessed fangirl over Ms. Foster and @mysweetcupoftea on Twitter -- who first posted her illustration on Twitter a month ago, made a good impression on the stage actress. "I love love love the illustrations! Can I have a copy?" Ms. Foster as @sfosternyc replied to @mysweetcupoftea.

Ms. Dequino sent a printed copy of her illustration to the …

Photo Flash: SWEET CHARITY Opens in Manila, 8/5-8/27 - BroadwayWorld.com

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, August 6, 2011 -- Television and recording artist-turned-stage actress, Nikki Gil, took the cue from Sweet Charity director, Robbie Guevara: "Portray the character of Charity Hope Valentine with a clean slate."

Ms. Gil (Charity Hope Valentine) and newbie theater actor, Kris Lawrence (Oscar Lindquist), led the opening of the classic Broadway musical comedy, Sweet Charity, at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in Makati City last night.

BroadwayWorld.com joined 9 Works Theatrical (Rent, The Wedding Singer), the theater company behind Sweet Charity, during its press preview.

"Director Robbie insisted on starting with a clean slate. So we started from scratch. We had to figure out a way to present this without any kind of like background -- no idea how it's going to sound; how things are supposed to be said; how certain songs are supposed to be sung -- we started from scratch," Ms. Gil said during a post…