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Photo Exclusive: ROCK OF AGES' Dan Domenech's Farewell Party

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, March 31, 2012 – Rock of Ages (ROA) on Broadway wanted him to stay for another six months. In spite of that, after more than 500 shows, which began in his swing job at ROA’s first national tour two years ago and ended up in his last performance as the musical’s male romantic lead, Drew, on Broadway last Sunday, Dan Domenech has opted for some time off instead. BroadwayWorld.com (BWW) brings you exclusive photos of Domenech’s farewell party, in which ROA cast members, some theater friends, and family members joined the intimate gathering, recently held at Pazza Notte Restaurant & Lounge on Avenue of Americas.

“It feels very surreal, but it’s exciting. Like anything else in life, you’ve got to close doors, and let other doors open. ROA’s going to live on. It’s an amazing musical; and a huge movie is coming out with one of the biggest action stars in Hollywood. I couldn’t have been more proud of the team – the cast and the crew. Just…

It's Official: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA To Premiere in Manila, 8/25-10/14

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Francis Lumen, Smart, and Citibank Philippines tie up to bring Broadway’s longest-running musical to the Philippines.

Manila, Philippines, March 29, 2012 – It is better late than never for Lunchbox Theatrical Productions (Cats, Mamma Mia!), Francis Lumen, Smart, and Citibank Philippines. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s megamusical The Phantom of the Opera, based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, gets its Philippine premiere after 24 years since the production opened on Broadway. An international touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, featuring cast members from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, and South Africa, runs at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ main theater from Saturday, August 25 to Sunday, October 14. Tickets go on sale to general public starting Tuesday, May 1. For Infinity (Powered by Smart) subscribers and Citibank cardholders, pre-selling o…

Photo Flash: GOD OF CARNAGE Poster Featuring Salonga, Yulo Released

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, March 27, 2012 – Atlantis Productions (In the Heights, Disney’s The Little Mermaid) has just released the teaser poster for its upcoming production of Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage, starring Lea Salonga (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon), Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Next to Normal, Love, Loss, And What I Wore), Adrian Pang (The Full Monty, They’re Playing Our Song), and Art Acuña (The Romance of Magno Rubio, Kitchen Musical). To be directed by Bobby Garcia (In the Heights, Disney’s The Little Mermaid), God of Carnage will premiere in Manila in July, and in Singapore in November through a partnership with Singapore Repertory Theatre.

God of Carnage, whose original text was in French, is a 90-minute debacle between two couples: Veronica (Salonga), a writer and a wife, and Michael (Pang), a wholesaler, versus Anette (Yulo), a self-proclaimed wealth manager, and Alan (Acuña), a corporate lawyer, who meet and discus…

New Voice Company Holds Another V-Day Fundraiser, 3/31

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, March 27, 2012 – New Voice Company, whose founder, Monique Wilson (My Name Is Rachel Corrie, The Good Body), is one of the most provocative voices in Philippine contemporary theater, brings back The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler’s Obie Award-winning play, and V-Day 2012, a global movement that raises money for community organizations fighting violence against women, at Music Museum, Greenhills Shopping Center on Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m.

A stellar, diverse cast comprises this latest edition: pop icon Kuh Ledesma; screen legend Boots Anson-Roa; theater stalwarts Joy Virata, Pinky Amador, Tami Monsod, Juno Henares, Sheila Francisco, Roselyn Perez, and Madelaine Nicolas; folk singer, songwriter Cynthia Alexander; political activist Leah Navarro; acoustic singer Aiza Sequerra; screenwriter Bibeth Orteza; broadcast journalist Cez Drilon; newspaper columnist, talk show host Dolly Anne Carvajal; women’s rights activists Anna Leah…

Photo Flash: JEKYLL AND HYDE Opens in Manila

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Co-written by Precious Lee Cundangan 

Manila, Philippines, March 23, 2012 – Repertory Philippines’ current 45th theater season reaches fever pitch with the premiere of composer Frank Wildhorn and book writer and lyricist Leslie Bricusse’s overtly melodramatic, pop rock-laden Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde. However, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, director for Jekyll and Hyde, along with her team, seems to have been rising above the original Broadway production’s bad reputation since the local production opened last weekend. Whereas American critics find Wildhorn’s body of work as “gallumphing, dunderheaded musicals that make everything by Andrew Lloyd Webber seems like great art,” says Linda Winer of Newsday; Filipino critics find Repertory Philippines’ stripped-down incarnation of Wildhorn’s most popular undertaking as nothing short of a miracle. “By doing away with the stage spectacle [without the high-tech gimmickry that marked its Broadway run], th…

Photo Coverage: GODSPELL Meets Filipino-American Press

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com 

Anna Maria Perez de Tagle and George Salazar, Filipino actors and singers who are making their Broadway debuts in the current production of Godspell, and the rest of the show’s cast were in full force to welcome the Filipino-American press, and Filipino-American TV and film actor Sam Milby, at a cocktail reception at Bambo 52 sushi bar and lounge in New YorK City, on Thursday, March 15, followed by an evening performance of Godspell at Circle in the Square Theatre, and a post-show talk back with Kababayan LA’sJanelle So.

Theater producer and social media marketer Ken Davenport (Oleanna, Blithe Spirit) presents the 40th anniversary production and the first-ever Broadway revival of the landmark rock musical Godspell, which is based on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, featuring music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin); concept and original direction by John-Michael Tebelak; direction by Daniel Goldstein (God of Carnage, The Un…

Photo Flash: Lin-Manuel Miranda Leads IN THE HEIGHTS Manila Curtain Call

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

A different kind of “Lin-sanity” is happening in Manila! Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator, original leading man, and Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer of the critically-acclaimed Broadway musical In the Heights, visited the Philippines for the first time, and led last night’s opening night curtain call for Atlantis Productions’ restaging of In the Heights – the show’s first ever licensed production in Asia, which features an all-Filipino cast – at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Esteemed talent manager, theater producer Girlie Rodis shares her opening night photographs with BroadwayWorld.com.

Miranda, who recently starred in the Encores! production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along at New York City Center, and who is currently working on the Caldwell Theatre Company’s revamped production of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Working, grew up in Upper Manhattan's mostly-Hispanic neighborhood of Washington Height…

Lin-Manuel Miranda Lands in Manila for the Restaging of IN THE HEIGHTS, 3/16-25

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, March 14, 2012 – Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator, original leading man (Usnavi), and Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer of the critically-acclaimed Broadway musical In the Heights, just landed in Manila to attend the opening night of Atlantis Productions Inc.’s restaging of In the Heights – its first ever licensed production in Asia, which features an all-Filipino cast – on Friday, March 16 at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

Miranda, who recently starred in the Encores! production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along at New York City Center, and who is currently working on the Caldwell Theatre Company’s revamped production of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Working, grew up in Upper Manhattan's mostly-Hispanic neighborhood of Washington Heights.

“I grew up in Northern Manhattan, and if you've ever even driven through the neighborhood, you know that music comes out of every corner. Salsa…

Photo Flash: De La Salle University Restages A FIRE IN THE SOUL

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Co-written by Jude Cartalaba

Manila, Philippines, March 13, 2012 – The De La Salle Brothers, Roman Catholic religious brothers who dedicate their lives to educating young people, recently celebrated the centennial anniversary of De La Salle University (DLSU) in the Philippines, and commemorated their colleagues who were killed by Japanese soldiers in World War II via the restaging of the cantata (a vocal chamber work) A Fire In The Soul, which features libretto by Vicente Groyon III, music by Von de Guzman, and direction by Peque Gallaga.

A Fire in the Soul tells the story of a crucial event in the history of the De La Salle Brothers’ teaching mission in the Philippines. On February 12, 1945, a group of Japanese soldiers barged in the door of the DLSU campus in Taft Avenue, Manila, and killed the people who were living there: 24 men, women, and children; and 16 De La Salle Brothers died that day.

A Fire In The Soul is successful in many ways, parti…

Photo Flash: Blue Repertory's Production of BARE

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Co-written by Precious Lee Cundangan

Manila, Philippines, March 6, 2012 – Manila theatergoers have until Saturday, March 10, to catch Blue Repertory’s production of Off-Broadway musical Bare at Teatrino, Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center. Theater and film actress Ana Abad Santos (39 Steps, A Grand Night for Singing) directs the production, starring Bibo Reyes (In the Heights, Hair) and Jaime Barcelon (Little Women, Disney’s The Little Mermaid).

Bare, which features the book, music, and lyrics of Jon Hartmere Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo, revolves around a group of high school seniors studying in a Catholic boarding school. The play deals with sexual orientation and gender identity issues among teenagers. In the middle of it all is the secret romance between Peter (Reyes), an altar boy, and Jason (Barcelon), the school’s golden child. Peter believes that their romantic relationship should be made public; Jason thinks otherwise.

Admiringly, Santos…

StarKid's Lauren Lopez: How To Launch A Starship And Keep It Flying

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, March 5, 2012 -- Do you remember your college theater days? How many friends from your drama club have you kept in contact with? Ask these questions to University of Michigan alumna Lauren Lopez; we bet her quick answer would be “mostly all of them.” For Lopez and her former college theater buddies, who include Glee star Darren Criss, nothing’s more fun than setting up their own theater company, StarKid Productions.

Launched in 2009 at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater, and Dance, StarKid Productions’ first-ever show, A Very Potter Musical (AVPM), a parody based on J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally successful book franchise and starring Criss as Harry Potter, was bound for an unprecedented worldwide success. AVPM’s YouTube version reached more than eight million views; and Entertainment Weekly listed it as one of the Top 10 Best Viral Videos of 2009.

“We’ve an incredible following in this very specific niche of people. I …