Showing posts from July, 2012

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…