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It's Official: Valdez to Join Wilson in Resorts World Manila's THE KING AND I, Starting 9/15

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, April 23, 2012 – Leo Valdez, Cameron Mackintosh’s “favorite Engineer" in "Miss Saigon,” joins Monique Wilson, “Miss Saigon” alumna-turned-women’s rights activist, in Resorts World Manila’s (RWM) third major stage production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved Broadway musical “The King and I,” which premieres on September 15 at RWM’s Newport Performing Arts Theatre on Newport Boulevard, Pasay City. RWM previously presented an original musical titled “Kaos,” and is currently running Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music," starring London-based musical theater actress Joanna Ampil, and Philippine theater ingĂ©nue Cris Villonco.

Valdez, who plays the King of Siam in “The King and I,” made his international theater debut portraying the role of the Engineer in the London production of “Miss Saigon” in 1995, which led to touring production assignments, essaying the same part, in Sydney in 1996; in Manila, Hong…

Salonga, Volante, Seguerra et al. To Guest Star in FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Manila, 5/11-27

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Co-written by Jude Cartalaba

Manila, Philippines, April 19, 2012 – Joel Trinidad, Upstart Productions’ president, announced at a press conference on Tuesday that theater bigwigs Lea Salonga, Aiza Seguerra, Nyoy VolanteJett Pangan, Iya Villania, Nikki Valdez, Markki Stroem, and Gabe Mercado will guest star in the theater company’s summer production of Off-Broadway parody “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits,” written and originally directed by Gerard Alessandrini, and top-billed by Liesl Batucan, Caisa Borromeo, OJ Mariano, and Lorenz Martinez. The musical will run at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza on Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue from May 11 to 27.

In “Forbidden Broadway,” Batucan, Borromeo, Mariano, and Martinez will play a variety of roles as the four actors spoof show tunes, characters, and plot lines of beloved Broadway productions such as “Mamma Mia,” “Annie,” "Wicked," and “The Phantom of the Opera,” among others.

“I love ‘Fo…

Photo Coverage: CARE DIVAS to Debut at OnStage Theatre, 4/27-29

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Co-written by Jude Cartalaba

Manila, Philippines, April 17, 2012 – Considered as pillars of Philippine Theater, Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and Repertory Philippines (Rep) – coincidentally, both theater companies celebrate their 45th anniversary this year – are joining forces to bring one of PETA’s highly successful original Filipino musicals, “Care Divas,” to Rep’s home at Greenbelt 1’s OnStage Theatre on April 27 to 29.

Set in Tel Aviv, Israel, “Care Divas” tells the story of five Filipino male caregivers: the kind and loving Chelsea; the often sarcastic group leader Shai; the ditsy Thalia; the bubbly Kayla; and the ill-tempered Jonee; who transform into drag performers at night.

Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Rep’s associate artistic director, said, “Hosting ‘Care Divas,’ which I fell in love with the first time I saw it, is one way for us to provide ‘variety’ to our shows. It’s very timely, and I must say that the production des…

Photo Flash: First Look at Fordham University's SWOONY PLANET

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, April 16, 2012 – MacArthur Genius Grant winner Han Ong’s play “Swoony Planet” is closing Fordham University Theatre Program’s “A Season of Cultural Revolution 2011-2012,” which aimed at promoting cultural diversity through theater. “Swoony Planet,” preceded by Saviana Stanescu’s “For a Barbarian Woman,” Pierre Beaumarchais’ “The Marriage of Figaro,” and Naomi Iizuka’s “Anon(ymous),” will have its last weekend run from Thursday, April 19 to Saturday, April 21 at Fordham University’s Pope Auditorium (113 W 60th St. and Columbus Ave.). Mia Katigbak, artistic producing director for National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO), directs.

“Swoony Planet” won the Kesselring Prize for playwriting in 1993. The play presents a lyrical story of Asian immigrants searching for missing family members, and seeking for happiness in all the wrong places in modern-day America.

Its cast includes Micha Green as Kirtana (an Indian single parent); Kalon…

BWW Interviews: BARE's Reb Atadero Talks RIZAL X, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR & ONCE

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Co-written by Jude Cartalaba

Ateneo de Manila University alumnus-turned-stage actor, musical director Reb Atadero first appeared in Blue Repertory's 2006 production of "Hope for Flowers," a rock musical inspired by Trina Paulus' book of the same title. Apparently, Reb fell in love with the process of putting on a play, and since then has kept the ball rolling. By attending workshops handled by stage veteran Robbie Guevara, he studied musical theater, which he admitted was initially unknown to him. However, right after seeing the video version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seminal rock musical “Jesus Christ Superstar,” he said to himself, “Where have you been all my life, musical theater? Such a progressive art form is a fantastic medium for telling stories!”

Prior to Reb’s first foray into a musical production, he shared with BroadwayWorld.com that he had been singing in bars, family gatherings, and the bathroom since he was four. “My…

Anna Maria Perez de Tagle Holds Benefit Concert On Board Cruise Ship, 5/7

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, April 9, 2012 -- Godspellstar Anna Maria Perez de Tagle holds a benefit concert for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Monday, May 7, on board the Hornblower Hybrid (embarking at 7 p.m. from Pier 40), featuring de Tagle's Godspell costars Corbin Bleu, Wallace Smith, Nick Blaemire, Eric Krop, and George Salazar, and Filipino-American television and film actor and singer Sam Milby. Sonny Paladino (Disney's High School Musical, Billy Elliot) is musical director.

BroadwayWorld.com recently cornered Paladino who graciously talked about de Tagle, and what fans could anticipate from the cruise entertainment. "Fans should expect a mix of pop and musical theater. Anna’s diverse style is allowing us to perform both traditional musical theater pieces alongside some real – in your face – pop tunes. Expect everything from Boublil and Schonberg, to Kander and Ebb, to Lady Gaga, and maybe even a little Cee Lo Green! Tell me th…