Showing posts from August, 2012

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 Bj√∂rnson 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…