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De Tagle, Go, Cayabyab et al. to Join Philippine Independence Day Parade on Madison Ave., 6/3

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, May 31, 2012 -- Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, 2012 BroadwayWorld.com Awards’ Best Featured Actress In A Musical nominee; Rachelle Ann Go, a concert and recording artist who recently made her professional theater debut, playing Ariel, in the Southeast Asian premiere of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid;” Ryan Cayabyab, the composer of original Filipino musicals “Katy!,” “Larawan,” and “Magnificat,” among others; and Broadway Barkada, a group of New York-based Filipino actors, singers, and dancers that have been performing in various Broadway and Off-Broadway productions are all set to join the Philippine Independence Day Council’s (PIDCI) 114th Philippine Independence Parade and cultural festival on Sunday, June 3, 11:45 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., along Madison Avenue (from 38th Street down to 23rd Street).

PIDCI is the umbrella organization of Filipino-American business, nonprofit, and religious groups, among others that is primarily dedicated to pr…

JCS Broadway: This One's Got Swag, And Three Filipinos In It

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

My first dose of musical theater was through my uncle’s old screechy phonograph recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s hippie, loud, angst-laden rock musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” (JCS). The classic stage hit, which was originally a concept album before evolving into a full-blown Broadway musical that follows the passion and death of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot (much the same as Martin Scorsese’s highly controversial film “The Last Temptation of Christ”), had completed its three-year run on Broadway (1971-1973), and its first commercial movie release (1973) by the time I got to experience JCS’s electrifying, personally-impactful songs in the ‘80s though. So when the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Toronto, Canada announced late last year that its critically-acclaimed, deemed revolutionary production of JCS, directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff, was coming to Broadway, I was delighted to hear the news; and …

STINKYKIDS, The Musical Plays Last Weekend at Theatre 80, 5/26

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, May 21, 2012 – 2nd Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards’ Best Family Show nominee “StinkyKids, The Musical,” featuring book and lyrics by Sammy Buck, music by Daniel S. Acquisto, based on the children’s books with the same title by Britt Menzies, and direction by Tim Drucker, will play its last extended performance at Theatre 80 Saint Marks Place in the East Village on Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m.

“Endearing, funny, and entertaining to both the kids and the parents in the audience,” was how our very own Erin Leigh Peck of BroadwayWorld.com Jr. described the family oriented-musical, which premiered at Vital Theatre Company’s McGinn Cazale Theatre in March.

“StinkyKids, The Musical” tells the story of a mischievous young girl Britt who asks her parents (never seen on stage) to bring her friends Max, Hannah, Jen, Johnny, and Billy to the grand opening of the newest, hottest kiddie attraction in town, the MegaJumper 3000. But when Britt gets…

Photo Flash: FORBIDDEN BROADWAY In Manila

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Co-written by Jude Cartalaba

Manila, Philippines, May 17, 2012 – Theater actor, writer, and director Gerard Alessandrini’s brainchild, the 30-year-old Off-Broadway hit parody series “Forbidden Broadway,” finally premiered at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City last weekend. Joel Trinidad, Upstart Productions’ president and the show’s director, had picked “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits,” which has two volumes to date, and features some of the more popular spoofs of Broadway musicals and theater legends culled from more than a dozen “Forbidden Broadway” editions.

Versatile thespians Liesl Batucan (“Next Fall,” “Seussical”), Caisa Borromeo (“Little Women,” “Footloose”), OJ Mariano (“Rent,” “Sweet Charity”), and Lorenz Martinez (“Spelling Bee,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”) top-bill “Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits." During the press preview last Thursday night, there was never a dull moment, even though the…

Photo Coverage: Anna Maria Perez de Tagle and Friends' Cruise Concert

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com 

New York, May 13, 2012 – Hollywood-turned-Broadway actress Anna Maria Perez de Tagle’s “Godspell” co-stars, showbiz friends, and fans turned out in full force at her recent benefit concert held on board the Hornblower Hybrid, which – aside from the audience enjoying De Tagle and her buddies’ wide repertoire – treated the crowd to breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

BroadwayWorld.com was there, and took event photos.

Halfway through the concert, which, in most of the musical numbers, had made use of a live band accompaniment led by the show’s musical director, Sonny Paladino of Disney’s “High School Musical” and Broadway’s “Billy Elliot," De Tagle gave a short spiel about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and why she chose the cancer research center as her fundraiser’s sole beneficiary. “I’m doing this show to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital because one of my first cousins, Neil Thomson, i…

Photo Coverage: De Tagle, Bleu, Salonga et al. Walk the Red Carpet for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, May 9, 2012 – “Godspell” stars Corbin Bleu, George Salazar, Wallace Smith, Nick Blaemire, and Eric Michael Krop; Tony winner Lea Salonga; and Filipino TV, film actor and recording artist Sam Milby walked the red carpet on Monday night to show support to mutual friend and fellow artist Anna Maria Perez de Tagle in her pursuit to raise additional funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. De Tagle, who had partnered with Hornblower Cruises & Events, Statue Cruises, and Apartment Luxe, held a benefit concert on board the Hornblower Hybrid, which was filled to the rafters with fans, friends, Broadway insiders, and members of the press.

BroadwayWorld.com was there, and took red carpet photos.

“I’m doing this show to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital because one of my first cousins, Neil Thomson, is struck down with a rare form of cancer. St. Jude finds cure for children with cancer,” said De Tagle.

Bleu, who has been a …

Domenech and Salonga Sing "A Whole New World" at Tuacahn Ampitheatre

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com 

Utah, May 6, 2012 – Dan Domenech (Rock of Ages, Wonderland) and Tony Award-winning actress and Disney Legend Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) sang “A Whole New World,” Disney’s Alladin’s theme, at the latter’s live concert recently held at the Tuacahn Ampitheatre, an outdoor performance space nestled in a verdant valley, and surrounded by towering red rock cliffs. Besides Mulan (1998), Salonga also recorded the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in the celluloid version of Aladdin (1992). Coincidentally, Domenech is in town to play the male lead role in Tuacahn Ampitheatre and Center for the Arts’ summer production of Disney’s Alladin, the first regional presentation of the newly revamped and expanded stage adaptation of the animated film.

To be directed by Scott S. Anderson, Tuacahn’s artistic director, Disney’s Aladdin, featuring musical numbers by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, and book by Chad Beguelin, will also showcase…