Showing posts from November, 2012

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…