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Photo Flash: Drewe and Stiles' PETER PAN Opens in Manila, 9/29-10/30 - BroadwayWorld.com

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Co-written with Precious C. Lee Cundañgan

Manila, Philippines, September 29, 2011 -- Repertory Philippines (REP), the country's premier English-language theater company, and Stages Production Specialists Inc. (Stages), a fast growing event and talent management firm, have started their month-long run of Anthony Drewe and George Stiles' musical incarnation of Peter Pan at Meralco Theatre.

Philippine theater stalwarts Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (also REP's associate artistic director) and Jaime del Mundo direct teen star Sam Concepcion, who plays Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn't grow up, and Michael Williams, who plays Captain Hook, a flawed but lovable villain.

John Batalla designs the lights; Gino Gonzales creates the sets; and Raven Ong designs the costumes.

The cast include Cara Barredo and Tippy Dos Santos as Wendy Moira Angela Darling, the eldest of the Darling children and the "mother" of the Lost Boys; Nacho Tambunting as…

Is the Press Release Dead or Evolving?

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"Day by Day: The Producer's Perspective" at www.godspellblog.com
The press release, one of public relations’ (PR) oldest tools, isn’t retiring any time soon. In fact, it’s been christened with a new name: the social media release (SMR). While the classic press release is aimed at landing on the desks of news executives at the most influential news organizations, the SMR has expanded its distribution channels; besides eyeing editors-in-chief and television news producers, it now also targets the social media groundswell – a "point-blank shot" at news consumers.

PR practitioners in the theater community have never felt more empowered than they do now, especially with the vast potential of sending out their own stories via social media. Pitchengine.com, an online tool that teaches PR practitioners how to create and share story pitches, says it best: “Skip the press release. Create a pitch and share your news, announcement or promotion directly with your customer…

Photo Flash: Resorts World Manila Mounts THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 10/15-12/11 - BroadwayWorld.com

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Co-written with Jude Cartalaba

NEWPORT CITY, PASAY, Philippines, September 27, 2011 -- Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical The Sound of Music, which was adapted into a highly successful full-length film in 1965, and won five Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Sound, Best Musical Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Picture, is set to hit the center stage of Resorts World Manila's Newport Performing Arts Theater on October 15 'til December 11.

Joanna Ampil, an international theater actress who played Kim in Miss Saigon and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, takes on the most coveted role of Maria, while the equally stellar stage performer Cris Villonco plays the same role at some performances. Both are joined by a powerhouse cast that include Audie Gemora, Ed Feist, and Jon Joven alternating as Captain George von Trapp, Pinky Marquez and Sheila Francisco alternating as Mother Abbess, and Pinky Amador and Lynn Sher…

Exclusive Photo Flash: Llana, Jacobs, Desai et al. Photo Shoot for SUITES BY SONDHEIM - BroadwayWorld.com

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, September 26, 2011 -- BroadwayWorld.com has visited Jose Llana (...Spelling Bee, Wonderland), Adam Jacobs (Lion King, Les Miserables), Angel Desai (Company), among others' publicity photo shoot for PhilDev Celebrates Broadway: Suites by Sondheim, a concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on November 7 that will feature Tony Award-winning actress Lea Salonga, and an impressive roster of Filipino-American Broadway stars; and that will benefit Philippine Development Foundation USA (PhilDev), a non-profit organization that supports community and entrepreneurship programs in the Philippines. Check out some of the behind-the-scenes photos HERE.

Suites by Sondheim will highlight American musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim's works, which include musical selections from Anyone Can Whistle, Company, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, Saturday Night, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and West Side Story.

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BroadwayWorld.com: WICKED To Premiere in Singapore; Shoshana Bean Unconfirmed to Play Elphaba

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, September 23, 2011 -- One of Broadway's current blockbusters, Wicked, will premiere at Singapore's Grand Theater, which is located within Marina Bay Sands, on December 7; itslimited engagement season will run until January 29, 2012. Rumor about Broadway actress Shoshana Bean, who had performed in the Broadway production for a year, sharing the role of the green witch, Elphaba, with Australian theater actress Jemma Rix, who's currently playing Elphaba in the Australian touring production, remains unfounded; full cast will be announced soon.

Wicked tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, based on the 1939 film musical, The Wizard of Oz, and on the 1995 George Maguire novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, in a grand scale production: Long before Dorothy dropped in the Land of Oz, two other girls forge a heartwarming friendship: Elphaba, born with emerald green skin is smart, fiery, and misunderst…

BroadwayWorld.com: REP and Stages Mount the Asian Premiere of Drewe and Stiles' PETER PAN, 9/29-10/30

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Co-written with Precious C. Lee Cundañgan

Manila, Philippines, September 16, 2011 -- Repertory Philippines (REP), the country's premier English-language theater company, and Stages Production Specialists Inc. (Stages), a fast growing event and talent management firm, will bring to the Meralco Theatre Anthony Drewe and George Stiles' musical incarnation of Peter Pan from September 29 to October 30.

Philippine theater stalwarts Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (also REP's associate artistic director) and Jaime del Mundo will direct teen star Sam Concepcion, who plays Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn't grow up and Michael Williams, who plays Captain Hook, a flawed but lovable villain.

John Batalla will design the lights; Gino Gonzales will create the stylized set; and Raven Ong will design the thematic costumes.

"I'm excited to perform in a musical once again. After all, it's been around three years since I did a musical. I'm loo…

Cheap Show Tickets by a Stroke of Luck

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The Book of Mormonplays at Eugene O'Neill Theatre on 49th Street. Photo by Oliver Oliveros
SHOW producers, whether they’re the Broadway or Off Broadway kind, apply the economic model of supply and demand on their show ticket prices. When a show becomes unprecedentedly popular, its producers hike ticket prices as well. Take, for example, the growing cult following of The Book of Mormon (BOM): Lead producers Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin et. al. have raised BOM’s premium mezzanine tickets from $155 to $175 apiece (premium orchestra tickets are at $477 apiece nowadays!) since it won nine nods, including Best Musical, at the recent Tony Awards. However, don’t fret, wise theatergoers – big Broadway shows, which include BOM, occasionally release a bunch of cheap (sometimes free) tickets that are announced on various social media platforms, one of which is via Twitter.

BOM creators, Trey Parker (South Park), Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) and Matt Stone (South Park), owe the phenomenal success of …

Photo Flash: Lea Salonga Sits as a Judge at 2011 Ms. Universe Pageant - BroadwayWorld.com

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Co-hosts Andy Cohen and Natalie Morales with Miss Angola 2011, Leila Lopes, as she answers her final question from Lea Salonga during the LIVE NBC broadcast of the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE® Competition from Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011. HO/Miss Universe Organization, L.P. LLLP/Photo by Patrick Prather 

by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

São Paulo, Brazil, September 13, 2011 -- Filipino Tony Award-winning actress Lea Salonga was one of the judges at the recently concluded 60th Annual Ms. Universe pageant, where Ms. Philippines, Shamcey Supsup, placed third and Ms. Angola, Leila Lopes, was crowned Ms. Universe.

Salonga's name was picked to ask Lopes her final question during the LIVE NBC broadcast of Ms. Universe. Her pre-written question from the pageant organizers was: "... If you could change one of your physical characteristics, which one would it be and why?"

"Thank God, I'm very well satisfied with the way God created me and I would…

BroadwayWorld.com: Valdez, Ampil, Castro Headline BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS, 9/27

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Co-written with Jude Cartalaba

Manila, Philippines, September 9, 2011 -- Resorts World Manila, a casino entertainment complex, held a press conference yesterday for its upcoming show titled Broadway Showstoppers, which will feature three of the country's finest International Artists: Leo Valdez (Miss Saigon) with special guests, Joanna Ampil (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) and Ima Castro (Miss Saigon, In the Heights).

For the three, performing together again in the country is something they all look forward to doing. It's like a reunion of sorts for them after their stints in Miss Saigon back then.

Leo, Joanna and Ima did three separate numbers at the press conference. Valdez did a medley of two songs titled "The Impossible Dream" and "This is the Moment" from two hit musicals -- Man of La Mancha and Jekyll and Hyde respectively. Ampil and Castro showcased their brilliant and unique powerful voices as Ampil performed &qu…

Photo Flash: IN THE HEIGHTS Opens in Manila - BroadwayWorld.com

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, September 5, 2011 -- Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award-winning creator and composer-lyricist of the spirited musical In the Heights, sent his opening night cheer to the cast and production team of In the Heights via Twitter last weekend. "Happy opening @InTheHeightsMNL! It's okay to send ME the bootleg ;) Wishing you all the luck! Mahal minamahal Kita siempre! (Of course I love you)" said Miranda.

Atlantis Productions Inc., the theater company that recently brought to Manila smash rock musicals Next to Normal and Aida, breaks new ground again with the first licensed production of In the Heights in Asia (Its next feat is Disney's The Little Mermaid). In the Heights, a Broadway musical that presents a portrait of the Hispanic community in Washington Heights, Manhattan, runs at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City until Sunday, September 18.

Audiences can expect hip-hop, salsa, soul and …

BroadwayWorld.com: BBC News Features Shakespearean Rap Musical in Filipino

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, September 3, 2011 -- The Philippine Educational Theater Association's (PETA) cast and creative team behind its original Filipino musical, William, felt very honoured because BBC News, a 24-hour UK news and broadcast organization, recently featured its production.

"A theater group in the Philippines takes a modern twist on Shakespeare, re-working the classics into a modern rap musical. The aim is to help young people to understand the playwright. William shows real life problems encountered by real students when it comes to learning Shakespearean masterpieces," BBC News' Marek Pruszewicz reported.

Click HERE to watch the video.

William uses Filipino poetry, wordplay and lyricism expressed through rap songs. Stage actor and playwright, Ron Capinding, writes its book and lyrics. Music composer, Jeff Hernandez, writes its music that fuses various music types, for example, rock, soul, funk, RnB, hip hop and Flip …