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

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

"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

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

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

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

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

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By Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

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…