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LES MISERABLES: At the Core of It is Exposition of Christian Virtues

by Oliver Oliveros,

"To love another person is to see the face of God."

Colm Wilkinson's Bishop Myriel of Digne and Anne Hathaway's Fantine, together with Hugh Jackman's Jean Valjean, sung those arguably the most indelible lyrics by tail end in the Tom Hooper-helmed musical motion picture, "Les Miserables," a faithful film adaptation based on the 1987 Tony Award-winning musical, written by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boublil, and Herbert Kretzmer, which in turn was inspired by the French historical novel of the same name, published in 1862, by Victor Hugo, a well-known French Romantic poet and novelist who had evident antipathy toward the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church; but, interestingly, had high regard for the Church's doctrines.

Hooper's non-intrusive camerawork, which amounts to grandiose wide shots, especially during the sweeping melodic instrumental music played prior to or in between the sung parts, and medium…

Photo Coverage: MiG Ayesa's Solo Rock Concert in Queens

by Oliver Oliveros,

New York, December 17, 2012 - The night started off with original compositions ("High," "Summer Feeling," and "Nothing You Do," among others) and a few show tunes from two smash Broadway shows ("Burn the Floor," "Rock of Ages"): MiG Ayesa, "Rock Star: INXS" finalist-turned-bona fide Broadway rock star, dishing out hard rock, soulful vocals while playing the keyboard; Jon Skibic, "Rock of Ages" guitarist, strumming his electric guitar while listening closely to Ayesa - both perfectly played in sync.

However, during halftime at Ayesa's concert at Perlas bar and restaurant in Woodside, Queens Saturday night, the crowd went wilder. Filipino-American rock band Kayumanggi joined Ayesa on stage, which unarguably raised the roof and drove the audience to stand up and dance to popular pop rock songs such as "Hey, Soul Sister," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," an…

Breaking News: Confirmed! Cameron Mackintosh to Restage MISS SAIGON in 2014

by Oliver Oliveros,

New York, December 8, 2012 — Theater producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh has just confirmed with The Philippine Star entertainment editor and columnist, Ricky Lo, that plans for the highly anticipated revival of mega-musical “Miss Saigon” are underway for 2014. Lo was able to interview Mackintosh at the Tokyo premiere of “Les Miserables” movie, where the writer mentioned the recent auditions held in Manila to the British producer.

“Speaking of ‘Miss Saigon,’ there were auditions in Manila just three weeks ago and six [seven] actresses were chosen as ‘finalists.’ Are you really restaging the musical?” Lo asked Mackintosh.

“Yes, I’m going to restage ‘Miss Saigon’ in London as soon as I find the theater. In fact, yes, you’re right…we have started preliminary auditions. When we did the show in London 25 years ago, we spent over a year looking for the cast. I hope that in the next 18 months it would be back in London. The new version has just opened here …

BWW Interviews: Tony Winner David Gallo Talks What's Appealing About Doing Theater in the Philippines

By Oliver Oliveros,

Every person that I’ve dealt with in the Philippines has been wonderful. The desire to get it right there is very strong. – David Gallo

New York, December 4, 2012 — Prolific Manila-based theater company Atlantis Productions’ (Disney’s “Aladdin,” “In the Heights”) much-lauded production of Maury Yeston’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Nine” had cast some of local tinseltown’s brightest, biggest stars — from show biz royalty Cherie Gil to TV soap opera star Eula Valdez to you-name-it. However, prior to these stars’ descent on stage, unarguably, another colossal “star” was already preset on that stage at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater, and had caught Manila theatergoers by surprise; that “star” of the show belonged to Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Gallo’s (“Drowsy Chaperone,” “Memphis”) larger-than-life, multi-step, and geometric Asian spa-inspired set design for “Nine.”

Gallo, whose imposing set for “Nine” has been nominated for Bes…

Local Disney Princesses Make it to MISS SAIGON Final Auditions

By Oliver Oliveros,

Manila, Philippines, November 21, 2012 ­— Local Disney princesses Rachelle Ann Go, who played the title role in the Asian premiere of Disney’s stage musical adaptation of “The Little Mermaid,” and K-La Rivera, who is currently playing the role of Princess Jasmine in the Asian premiere of Disney’s stage musical adaptation of “Aladdin,” both made it to the final round of auditions, mainly dance auditions, for the much-talked-about “Miss Saigon” tryouts, which began last Monday, November 19, and will end tomorrow, Thursday, November 22 at the Opera Haus, Philippine Opera Company’s newly opened headquarters in Makati City.

British choreographer Geoffrey Garratt (“Mary Poppins,” “Oliver!”) has just arrived in Manila for the last leg of the auditions, which have attracted nearly 1,000 aspirants coming from the Philippines, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand.

Garratt completes the auditioning panel made up of executive producer Trevor Jackson…

'Like Broadway, PH theater can go global'

By Miguel Dumaual, 

MANILA, Philippines -- Like a number of original Broadway and West End shows that have made it to Philippine shores, theater productions originating here also have a "chance to shine" overseas.

As shown by touring productions and adaptations of foreign plays staged in the Philippines, theater has become a global enterprise, according to Oliver Oliveros, editor at theater news website BroadwayWorld (BWW) Philippines.

The Philippine BWW website is the local counterpart of the leading theater news site in the United States and the United Kingdom, and is one of over 20 international editions of the online news source.

"We believe that anything that's coming from theater, specifically Broadway, is already global," Oliveros told ANC Alerts in an interview on Friday.

"Like for instance, Disney's 'Little Mermaid' opened on Broadway three years ago, and then last year it opened in Manila," added the New York-ba…

MISS SAIGON London Revival Audition Requirements Released

by Oliver Oliveros,

Register for the Manila auditions from Saturday, November 17 to Sunday, November 18. 

London auditions will be scheduled as well. 

New York, October 22, 2012 — Cameron Mackintosh has set his eyes on opening the revival production of “Miss Saigon” in London’s West End next year. “Miss Saigon,” which is two years shy of its 25th anniversary, is Mackintosh’s third most successful musical theater venture after Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” and Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s “Les Miserables.”

Mackintosh’s creative team for the 2013 West End revival of “Miss Saigon,” which includes executive producer Trevor Jackson, director Laurence Connor, musical supervisor Stephen Brooker, choreographer Geoffrey Garrett, and Mackintosh’s Philippine representative Dong Alegre, is looking for three “Kims” and at least seven Asian ensemble performers (male and female) at the auditions that will be held in Manila on Monday, November 19 t…

Breaking News: West End Revival of MISS SAIGON to Hold Auditions in Manila, 11/19-22

By Oliver Oliveros,

Cameron Mackintosh and Dong Alegre, the representative of Mackintosh in the Philippines, will hold the Manila auditions for the West End revival of one of Mackintosh's late ‘80s mega musicals, “Miss Saigon,” at Philippine Opera Company's brand-new headquarters, the Opera Haus (3657 Bautista St., Makati City), on Monday, November 19 until Thursday, November 22.

 “’Miss Saigon’s’ executive producer, director, choreographer, and musical director will be flying in from London to hold auditions for the restaging of the hit musical, which paved the way for Filipino talents such as Lea Salonga, Monique Wilson, and Isay Alvarez, among others to shine on the world stage,” said Alegre.

“They will be holding auditions for the role of Kim [a 17-year-old Vietnamese bar girl, originally played by Salonga and Wilson in London]. They are also looking for ensemble cast members,” added Alegre. 

“Miss Saigon,” a sung-through musical, features music by “Les…

Sponsor a Poor Child to See THE WIZARD OF OZ, 9/30

By Oliver Oliveros,

Manila, Philippines, September 9, 2012 — Repertory Philippines (Rep), the country’s premier English-speaking theater company, is looking for sponsors to take more than 250 poor children, who live in Cavite and Quezon City, to Rep’s ongoing children’s theater production, “The Wizard of Oz,” at Onstage, 2/F Greenbelt One, Makati City on Tuesday, September 30 at 2:30 p.m.

“The Wizard of Oz” is considered one of the greatest children’s stories of all time. With awe-inspiring special effects that sweep audiences away (theater reviewers have mentioned those, too), “The Wizard of Oz” allows children to experience both musical and dance numbers from the show’s different characters led by Dorothy, a young farm girl from Kansas, as she befriends a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion to avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West and to find the mighty Wizard.

“We should encourage our children as early as three years old to watch musical productions to…

Photo Coverage: On Stage with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Manila

by Oliver Oliveros,

Manila, Philippines, August 29, 2012 — Broadway’s longest-running mega musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” which came on the heels of the international touring productions of “Cats” and “Mamma Mia!” in Manila, finally made its Philippine premiere on Saturday, August 25 at the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Nearly 100 tons of set pieces and props; more than 700 stage lighting equipment and accessories; and around 230 Victorian style costumes by the late production designer Maria Björnson were shipped from South Africa, where the international touring cast last performed. Seasoned South African actors Jonathan Roxmouth (Phantom) and Anthony Downing (Raoul), and Australian soprano Claire Lyon (Christine) headline the Manila production, which runs until Sunday, September 30.

“The Phantom of the Opera,” which premiered at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End in 1986, and opened on Broadway at Majes…

Photo Flash: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Manila Cast Meet the Press

by Oliver Oliveros,

Manila, Philippines, August 17, 2012 ­ — Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprise, Radio High Definition, Concertus Manila, and Diamond Hotel recently held a press conference to introduce Anthony Downing (Raoul), Claire Lyon (Christine), Jonathan Roxmouth (Phantom), and Dondi Ong (Piangi) — the main cast of the international touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” that will premiere at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ main theater next Saturday, August 25, and will run until Sunday, September 30.

Trained in South Africa and in London, Downing has been performing in musicals and dance productions, and has been acting in television programs and films.

A graduate from the University of Melbourne (B.A. in Music Performance), Lyon recently played the role of Christine in the Australian production of “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera.” 

Roxmouth, who was born and raised in …

Christian Bautista, Karylle to Star in Ballet Philippines' RAMA HARI, 11/30-12/9

by Oliver Oliveros,

Ballet Philippines’ NEO FILIPINO: ANTING runs for one weekend.

Manila, Philippines, August 10, 2012 — International television stars Christian Bautista and Karylle Tatlonghari, who recently appeared in “The Kitchen Musical,” a Singaporean musical drama television series, and who first shared the musical theater stage via a local production of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s “West Side Story” several years ago, will lend their star power to Ballet Philippines’ (BP) revival of ballet musical “Rama Hari” from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 9 at the CCP Main Theater.

“Rama Hari,” which was originally performed by BP in the early ‘80s, starring Original Pilipino Music (OPM) luminaries Kuh Ledesma, Basil Valdez, and Leo Valdez, is a dance musical adaptation of the Indian epic “Ramayana,” featuring choreography by BP founder Alice Reyes, libretto by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, music by Ryan Cayabyab, and set, cost…

TP Cancels WALANG SUGAT Opening Due to Flooding in Manila

by Oliver Oliveros,

Co-written by Precious Lee Cundangan

Manila, Philippines, August 7, 2012 ­— Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), cancels the opening weekend of its production of Severino Reyes’ sarsuwela "Walang Sugat” due to flooding in Metro Manila.

“… we wish to inform our valued subscribers, patrons, guests, and ticket holders of ‘Walang Sugat’ that we are cancelling the 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. opening performances of 'Walang Sugat' on Thursday, August 9 and the rest of the performances this weekend, Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12. We will, instead, open next week, Thursday, August 16,” said Nanding Josef, TP’s artistic director, and Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, the show’s director, in a media advisory.

“We also wish to inform the public that we are accepting donations — in cash or in kind — for the flood victims before and after the performances. We also plan to do a special fund…

First Look at Leo Valdez & Monique Wilson in THE KING AND I

by Oliver Oliveros,

Manila, Philippines, July 28, 2012 — “Miss Saigon” alumni Leo Valdez and Monique Wilson were first seen as the King of Siam and British governess Anna Leonowens, respectively, at the press conference for Resorts World Manila’s (RWM) grand production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “The King And I” held Saturday, July 28 at Newport Performing Arts Theater.

Directed by multi-awarded stage director Freddie Santos, “The King And I” follows RWM’s phenomenal run of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” which ran for eight months.

Besides Valdez and Wilson, the production also features Shiela Valderrama (Anna Leonowens), Bo Cerrudo (King), Gina Respall (Lady Thiang), Apple Chiu (Lady Thiang), Tanya Manalang (Tuptim), Marian Santiago (Tuptim), Lorenz Martinez (Lun Tha), and Floyd Tena (Lun Tha).

RWM’s “The King And I” premieres Saturday, September 15.

BWW Reviews: Less is More for NYMF's PRISON DANCER

by Oliver Oliveros,

One of New York Musical Theatre Festival’s (NYMF) fastest-selling shows, “Prison Dancer,” an original screenplay turned into a web series turned into a stage musical by Romeo Candido (music, lyrics, and book) and Carmen de Jesus (book), veers away from the hugeness of its viral hit inspiration — a video uploaded to YouTube in 2007 that boasts around 1,500 male inmates of Cebu, Philippines’ Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center dancing in sync with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” — by using its two-hour storytelling to explore more about the personal lives of a handful, fictitious prisoners instead, interspersed with a lively dose of Filipino cultural and religious quirks, and with a heavy R&B/club-ish score not often used for a musical.

Lola, an adorable cross-dresser (played by Jeigh Madjus who exudes a gay demeanor that is not wildly exaggerated), clad in a long nightgown adorned with fuschia feathers, which is later disrobed to revea…

BWW Interviews: POTTED POTTER's Dan & Jeff Talk New Cast in Manila Run, Memories of the Philippines & More

by Oliver Oliveros,

Going to any new country we never had a show before is an honor. We’re loving America at the moment; it goes the same for the Philippines. – Jeff Turner, co-creator and star of “Potted Potter”

“Potted Potter” premieres in Manila on Tuesday, August 28, and runs until Sunday, September 2.

New York, July 24, 2012 – During a Saturday evening performance of “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience,” a parody by double Laurence Olivier nominees Daniel “Dan” Clarkson and Jefferson “Jeff” Turner, at Little Shubert Theatre on 42nd Street, kids show up with “Harry Potter” collectibles in tow: golden snitches, wizard wands, and Horcrux lockets; some grown-ups even put on Hogwarts apprentices’ robes – the “Harry Potter” movie saga may have made its final bow a year ago, but the “Potter” phenomenon continues to live and grow.

“When we started doing “Potted Potter” [potted means abridged in colloquial British English] seven years ago, we were huge ‘Pott…

Domingo, Atadero to Star in THE WOMAN IN BLACK, 8/31

by Oliver Oliveros,
Manila, Philippines, July 21, 2012 – Jeremy Domingo, 2011 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards’ Best Featured Actor in a Play, and Reb Atadero (“Bare,” “Rizal X”), will star in Dulaang Kalay’s one-night-only production of Stephen Mallatratt’s psychological period thriller, “The Woman in Black” (based on the novel of the same name by Susan Hill), at Teatrino, Promenade, Greenhills on Friday, August 31. 

William Elvin Manzano will direct the two-man play, which recounts young lawyer Arthur Kipps’ ghostly experiences in the Eel Marsh House of recluse Alice Drablow years ago. Kipps hires an actor/director to help him tell his paranormal stories in front of his family and friends in a desperate bid to exorcise the ghosts from the past.

Dulaang Kalay’s creative team will consist of Janine Santos (original music), Meliton Roxas (lighting design), Alden Acosta (sound design), Nina Bedruz (technical direction), and Nissi Gatan (set design).

“The Woman In Black…

Photo Flash: POTTED POTTER's Dan and Jeff Pose for BroadwayWorld Philippines

by Oliver Oliveros,

Daniel “Dan” Clarkson and Jefferson “Jeff” Turner, creators and stars of smash parody “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience,” recently sat down for an exclusive interview with BroadwayWorld Philippines, where they talked about the impending premiere of “Potted Potter” in Manila, which is set Tuesday, August 28, and will run until Sunday, September 2 at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City.

“Potted Potter” condenses all seven “Harry Potter” books in 70 minutes. And the parody authors have a special message for “Harry Potter” fans in the Philippines:

“Keep living the ‘Potter’ dream. Wear your robes, and keep that wizardly magic alive,” said Dan.

“And to anyone who would like to send me some mangoes, the best mangoes I ever had were from the Philippines,” he added.

“Oh, don’t let the muggles get you down!” said Jeff.

Up Next: More of Dan and Jeff on BroadwayWorld Philippines!

For tickets to "Potted Potter" in M…

Photo Coverage: JOE, An Original Filipino Rock Musical, Opens

by Oliver Oliveros,

Manila, Philippines, July 16, 2012 – 2011 (BWW) Philippines Awards’ runaway winner, the Philippine Stagers Foundation (“Cory ng EDSA”), opened its newest theatrical offering, “Joe: The Filipino Rock’sical,” an original Filipino rock musical that deconstructs the ideologies of the Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal, last weekend at St. Cecilia’s Auditorium, St. Scholastica’s College.

BWW photographer Dale Bacar shares his photos taken during the show’s opening. See his photos below!

“Joe: The Filipino Rock’sical,” is written and directed by Atty. Vince Tañada, featuring music by Pipo Cifra and choreography by John San Antonio.

The musical stars Patrick Libao, Atty. Vince Tañada, Monique Azerreda, Kevin Posadas, Jordan Ladra, Cindy Liper, Kierwin Larena, Adelle Ibarrientos-Lim, Chris Lim, Chin Ortega, JM Encinas, Cherry Anne Bagtas, and Gabby Bautista.

“Joe: The Filipino Rock’sical” continues its run at St. Scholastica’s Colle…

Filipino American Symphony Orchestra Plays Bach and Rock, 7/28

by Oliver Oliveros,

Los Angeles, July 15, 2012 – The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), the first Filipino-organized orchestra outside the Philippines, which is based in California, presents “FASO is Bach to Rock!,” an eclectic concert featuring classical masterpieces by Johann Sebastian Bach; pop-rock anthems such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Led Zepellin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” arranged by Filipino composer Louie Ramos; popular disco songs; and Original Pilipino Music (OPM) on Saturday, July 28 at Ford Theatres (2580 Cahuenga Boulevard, East Hollywood).

Robert A. Shroder is principal conductor; OPM icon Joey Albert, and legendary jazz vocalist Mon David are guest singers, together with Mirielle Enriquez, Immaculate Heart of Mary Children’s Choir, and FASO’s Youth String Ensemble, showcasing the musical talent of youngsters, ages eight to 14.

“Bach to rock is a very interesting combination of repertoire because the Baroque era [1600-1750 C.E.], the …

Photo Flash: First Look at Lea Salonga in GOD OF CARNAGE in Manila

by BWW News Desk,

Manila, Philippines, July 13, 2012 -- It’s a gargantuan war among Lea Salonga (Veronica), Adrian Pang (Michael), Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Anette), and Art Acuña (Alan) as they bring to life Tony Award-winning playwright Yasmina Reza’s brutally honest characters in her play “God of Carnage,” which opens in Manila tonight, and runs until Sunday, July 22 at Carlos. P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City.

Directed by Bobby Garcia, and produced by Atlantis Productions and Singapore Repertory Theatre, “God of Carnage,” whose original text was in French, is a 90-minute debacle of two couples who meet and discuss about their kids' recent playground squabble.

Atlantis Productions’ photographer Jaime Unson shares his production photos.

For tickets to “God of Carnage,” call Atlantis Productions at (632) 892-7078 or TicketWorld at (632) 891-9999, or visit

Shows on Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m. and Friday, July 20 at 8 p.m. are…

GOD OF CARNAGE, Starring Lea Salonga, Holds First and Only Preview, 7/12

by Oliver Oliveros,

Manila, Philippines, July 12, 2012 – Imported Broadway shows do not enjoy the luxury of having long previews with test audiences. The Asian touring production of Yasmina Reza’s 2009 Tony Award-winning play, “God of Carnage,” a case in point, starring Tony winner Lea Salonga, which premieres in Manila this weekend, and tours Singapore in November, is no exception.

Atlantis Productions and Singapore Repertory Theatre open the doors of the Carlos P. Romulo Theater at RCBC Plaza in Makati City to “God of Carnage’s” first and only set of preview audiences tonight, July 12 (July 11 in the United States). The play, which also stars Singaporean actor Adrian Pang, Philippine theater’s favorite leading lady Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, and multi-award winning theater, television, and film actor Art Acuña, officially opens in Manila on Friday, July 13, and runs until Sunday, July 22.

In Salonga’s weekly newspaper column, titled “Backstory,” in the Philippine Dail…

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Returns for a Two-Day Run, 8/24-25

by Oliver Oliveros,

Manila, Philippines, July 10, 2012 – Upstart Productions (“Defending the Caveman,” "Breakups and Breakdowns”) brings back Off-Broadway smash “Forbidden Broadway” (Greatest Hits), a musical revue that parodies old and new Broadway musicals at Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza, Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25.

“Forbidden Broadway” is a four-person show with two male actors (Lorenz Martinez, OJ Mariano) and two female actors (Caisa Borromeo, Liesl Batucan) playing multiple characters. Besides its musical numbers from popular Broadway shows, the intimate revue, which was conceived, written, and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, has also been endearingly mocking famous theater personalities since its 1982 debut at Palsson's Supper Club in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Alessandrini has recently announced that a new edition of “Forbidden Broadway” is set to premiere in New York City this fall…

Photo Flash: Josh Young Exits JCS with "Judas" Pooch

by Oliver Oliveros,

Tony nominee Josh Young (Judas Iscariot), who brought the closing audience of “Jesus Christ Superstar” (JCS) to its feet, seconds after his strong 11 o’clock number, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” yesterday afternoon at Neil Simon Theatre, signed everyone’s playbill at the stage door, and showed off to the crowd his pooch, Keppy, who was wearing a replica of Young's character’s royal blue sequined top, designed by Paul Tazewell (“In the Heights,” “The Color Purple”) for the show. was there, and took a photo of Young and Keppy.

Following the critically-acclaimed runs at Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, and Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway, JCS, starring Paul Nolan (Jesus), Chilina Kennedy (Mary Magdelene), and Young (Judas), took its final bow on Sunday, July 1. Directed by Des McAnuff (“Jersey Boys,” “The Who’s Tommy"), the Broadway presentation, which garnered Tony nominations for Youn…

Stephanie Reese is Back for a Concert, 7/13

by Oliver Oliveros,

Manila, Philippines, June 26, 2012 – Filipino-American performing artist Stephanie Reese wears many hats: for the theater enthusiast, she is Esmeralda in the world premiere production of Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame” or the “German” Kim in the German production of “Miss Saigon;” for the concertgoer, she is the “Standing Ovation Queen,” who never fails to bring her audiences to their feet, and who once shared the stage with Grammy winners Patti LaBelle and Natalie Cole; and for the social worker – for nonprofit organizations such as Gawad Kalinga, Make A Wish Foundation, or World Vision – she is a young lady who has a compassionate heart for children who are in dire need of help.

Stephanie is all that and more! She writes her own one-woman shows; she also composed songs on her previous solo studio albums, “Stephanie Reese at Her Best” and “This is My Life.” And for a bit of theater trivia, she was a childhood friend of Tony nominee Chad Kimb…

First Look at Ayesa, Morales, Volante et al. in ROCK OF AGES Manila

by Oliver Oliveros,

Broadway actor MiG Ayesa (Stace Jaxx) and recording artists Vina Morales (Sherrie) and Nyoy Volante (Drew) are hyped up for their second week of performances in Atlantis Productions’ (“In The Heights,” Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”) Asian premiere of Chris D’ Arienzo’s smash Broadway musical “Rock of Ages,” playing to sold-out audiences at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City until Sunday, July 8.

Directed by Chari Arespacochaga (Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Spring Awakening"), “Rock of Ages,” which inspired the film adaptation of the same name, starring Tom Cruise (Stacee Jaxx) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (the Mayor’s Wife), currently playing across the United States and the Philippines, follows the love story between Sherrie, a small town girl from Oklahoma who is trying her luck in Hollywood, and Drew, a waiter-turned-singer at the infamous nightclub, Bourbon Room, on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Both are starstrucke…