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Stephanie Reese is Back for a Concert, 7/13

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Manila, Philippines, June 26, 2012 – Filipino-American performing artist Stephanie Reese wears many hats: for the theater enthusiast, she is Esmeralda in the world premiere production of Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame” or the “German” Kim in the German production of “Miss Saigon;” for the concertgoer, she is the “Standing Ovation Queen,” who never fails to bring her audiences to their feet, and who once shared the stage with Grammy winners Patti LaBelle and Natalie Cole; and for the social worker – for nonprofit organizations such as Gawad Kalinga, Make A Wish Foundation, or World Vision – she is a young lady who has a compassionate heart for children who are in dire need of help.

Stephanie is all that and more! She writes her own one-woman shows; she also composed songs on her previous solo studio albums, “Stephanie Reese at Her Best” and “This is My Life.” And for a bit of theater trivia, she was a childhood friend of Tony nominee Chad Kimb…

First Look at Ayesa, Morales, Volante et al. in ROCK OF AGES Manila

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Broadway actor MiG Ayesa (Stace Jaxx) and recording artists Vina Morales (Sherrie) and Nyoy Volante (Drew) are hyped up for their second week of performances in Atlantis Productions’ (“In The Heights,” Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”) Asian premiere of Chris D’ Arienzo’s smash Broadway musical “Rock of Ages,” playing to sold-out audiences at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City until Sunday, July 8.

Directed by Chari Arespacochaga (Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Spring Awakening"), “Rock of Ages,” which inspired the film adaptation of the same name, starring Tom Cruise (Stacee Jaxx) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (the Mayor’s Wife), currently playing across the United States and the Philippines, follows the love story between Sherrie, a small town girl from Oklahoma who is trying her luck in Hollywood, and Drew, a waiter-turned-singer at the infamous nightclub, Bourbon Room, on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Both are starstrucke…

BWW Interviews: Pangan, Aguilos Shed Light on Working with Repertory Philippines

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com 

Co-written by Jude Cartalaba

Manila, Philippines, June 17, 2012 – The summer theater workshop season has officially ended; graduates from these summer camps would either go back to school or try their luck at auditions for upcoming theater productions, which include Repertory Philippines’ (Rep) children’s musical “The Wizard of Oz,” and its year-end presentation, Disney's “Camp Rock.”

But how does a neophyte at Rep, one of the country’s pioneering theater companies, which is known to have molded world-class talents such as Lea Salonga, Monique Wilson, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Michael Williams, and Audie Gemora, among others, under the infamously stringent rehearsal and performance policies of the late stage director Zenaida Amador, fit in?

BroadwayWorld sits down with veteran stage actors, but recent Rep first timers, Jett Pangan (Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde) and Kalila Aguilos (Lucy Harris), who have starred in Rep’s critically-acclaimed pro…

Photo Flash: Fil-Am Teener Jon Viktor Corpuz Makes His Broadway Debut

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com 
“Being on GODSPELL’s stage and singing with the amazing cast, the fantastic band –with all the flawless lights and sound – and the amazing audience, nothing can describe that electrifying feeling of being up there. It’s definitely something I’ll never forget.”Jon Viktor Corpuz 

New York, June 13, 2012 – It was no mere stroke of luck for Jon Viktor Corpuz, a 15-year-old Filipino-American stage actor who hails from South Tampa, Florida, to be landing one of the 10 coveted slots for “Godspell” on Broadway Cast of 2032 – a crowd-pleasing group of kids and teens who performed a special encore medley for one night only at “Godspell’s” Circle in the Square Theatre last month. Like any other grown-up stage artist in the big city, Corpuz has worked his heart out – unceasingly trained, and performed in numerous school and regional productions – prior to facing producer Ken Davenport and director Daniel Goldstein; and competing with more than 500 aspiran…

Photo Flash: Tuacahn Presents Disney's ALADDIN Releases Artworks; Runs Now Thru 10/19

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By Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Ivins, Utah, June 8, 2012 – Tuacahn’s production of Disney’s “Aladdin,” which premiered Monday, June 4, starring Dan Domenech as Aladdin, Haley Carlucci as Princess Jasmine, Edward Juvier as Genie, and Michael G. Hawkins as Jafar, has recently released the show’s official artworks, featuring its lead actors. The production runs alternately with Marc Shaiman’s “Hairspray” at Tuacahn Amphitheatre, an outdoor performance space nestled in a verdant valley, and surrounded by towering red rock cliffs, until October 19.

“This musical stage adaptation of ‘Aladdin’ incorporates the Academy Award-winning songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman from the 1992 animated film; and also restores several songs and characters that were cut prior to the original film release. The new script, based on the ‘Road Pictures’ starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour, introduces the audience to the new characters of Babkak (Paul Vogt), Omar (Randy Aaron), and K…

BroadwayWorld Philippines' TOP 5 THEATER PICKS from June to August 2012

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Top 1: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Cultural Center of the Philippines, starts August 25)

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprise, Radio High Definition, and Concertus tie up to bring the international touring production of Broadway's longest-running musical to Manila.

Website: www.ticketworld.com.ph

Top 2: Atlantis Productions’ ROCK OF AGES (Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, June 15 to July 8) 

MiG Ayesa (“We Will Rock You,” “Thriller”) reprises his Broadway role as the decadent rock star Stacee Jaxx in the Philippine premiere of the hit musical, featuring iconic rock ‘n’ roll songs from the ‘80s, and book by Chris D’Arienzo.

Nyoy Volante (Drew), Vina Morales (Sherrie), Jett Pangan (Lonny), Aiza Seguerra (Regina), Jinky Llamanzares (Justice Charlier), Jamie Wilson (Dennis Dupree), Calvin Millado (Hertz Klinemann), Bibo Reyes (Franz Klinemann), Apple Chiu, Japs Treopaldo, Mikkie Bradshaw, Berl William Angeles, and Altaire Alonso compl…

66th Tony Awards Airs On Velvet Channel, 6/11

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

Live performances include GODSPELL, GHOST, and Tony-nominated musicals.

Manila, Philippines, June 5, 2012 – 66th Tony Awards, the most prestigious theatrical awards in the United States, which airs on Velvet Channel on Monday, June 11, 8 a.m., has announced its lineup of performances that includes “Godspell” (Filipino actors Anna Maria Perez de Tagle and George Salazar are part of the cast), “Ghost” (Filipino-American singer and dancer Albert Guerzon is part of the ensemble), and Tony-nominated musicals “Evita,” “Follies,” The Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Filipino Canadian actors Julius Sermonia, Jason Sermonia, and Laurin Padolina are cast members), “Leap of Faith,” Disney’s “Newsies,” (Filipino-American actor Aaron Albano is part of the ensemble), “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and “Once.” 

The awards show also features performances from Tony-nominated straight plays such as “End of the Rainbow” with Tony-nominated act…

Photo Coverage: De Tagle, Go, Broadway Barkada et al. at 114th Philippine Independence Celebration

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by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

New York, June 4, 2012 -- Filipino musical theater artists Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (“Godspell” - Broadway), Rachelle Ann Go (Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” - Manila), Ryan Cayabyab (“Katy!,” “Larawan,”), Kirby Asunto (“Child Access Broadway"), Liz Casasola (“Imelda,” “Girl Crazy”), Ryan Cayabyab Singers, Broadway Barkada, a group of New York-based Filipino actors, singers, and dancers that have been performing in various Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and GMA Pinoy TV talents Dingdong Dantes and Aljur Abrenica headlined the Philippine Independence Day Council’s (PIDCI) well attended 114th Philippine Independence Parade and cultural show held on Madison Avenue Sunday afternoon.

MyFoxNY.com has described the event as the “biggest celebration of Philippine independence outside of the Philippines,” which PIDCI, the umbrella organization of Filipino-American business, nonprofit, and religious groups, among others that is primarily dedicat…