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THE popularity of jukebox musicals featuring the songs of a well-known performer (think Mamma Mia! and Rock of Ages) shows no sign of waning, particularly in the Philippines. While PETA has Rak of Aegis and Resorts World Manila has Eraserhead’s Ang Huling El Bimbo, 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live join in the musical fun with Eto na! Musikal nAPO!, which pays tribute to yet another local music icon, the APO Hiking Society.

Guadalupe: The Musical — Bringing hope to the world

EVENTS WHICH happened in Mexico over 400 years ago still resonate today, and these events will be told through a musical.

Love and lies

HOW CAN a man fall in love with someone without ever realizing — even after 20 years — that his lover is not a woman?

Gee Gee at Waterina: More than a gay story

HOW DO old gays survive when all the glamor and glimmer of their heyday finally come to the inevitable curtain call? This is the premise of the play Gee Gee at Waterina ang Musikal.

Shocking, charming, timely stories at this year’s Virgin Lab Fest

THERE’S A reason why Tulad ng Dati was sandwiched between two comedy-filled Virgin Lab Fest entries: it’s shocking.

Virgin Labfest presents a Marawi-inspired musical alongside an EJK play and...

BESIDES the usual stories of friendship and romance, the Virgin Labfest’s entries this year include stories on social issues like extrajudicial killings and the effects of the seige of Marawi.

Binondo looks at the Chinese-Filipino experience of love

THE NEW MUSICAL Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical sheds light on plight of Filipino-Chinese through the prism of a love story.

The Band’s Visit sweeps Tonys as Harry Potter wins Best Play

NEW YORK — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won the Tony for best play on Sunday while The Band’s Visit swept the musical categories with 10 wins, including the top award best musical at Broadway’s annual honors for the best in theater.

Rak of Aegis returns with new cast members

FIVE seasons and 300 shows since it first opened in 2013, Rak of Aegis returns to the stage when Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) presents the latest iteration on June 20 to Sept. 2.

The redemption of Chris Millado

By Giselle P. Kasilag Theater Review Ding, Ang Bato! By College of St. Benilde’s Arts and Culture Cluster’s Dance Program IN 2003, Chris Millado directed a highly anticipated...

The Monkey King wreaks havoc in the CCP

WHO WOULD pass up a free show? In celebration of the 43rd year of the formal establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China,...

The anti-romcom musical returns to the stage

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman Reporter Theater Changing Partners: The Stage Musical Presented by PETA Theater and REDMUNKEY May 11, 12, 13, 19, and 20 PETA Theater Center, No. 5...

Straddling two cultures in Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical

A STORY that hinges on romance, but also tackles dilemmas on self-identity faced by second-generation Chinese who grew up in the Philippines is what...

In praise of Jesus Christ Superstar

By Richard Roeper “IF YOU’D come today you would have reached a whole nation/Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication.” In the first nine months...

Engineering experiences

FOOD IN a theater is always forbidden, but food and theater can go together in TAXI (theater, applied, experiential, immersive) Theater, a performance art...

Spamalot inspires you to always look on the bright side of...

By Michelle Anne P. Soliman Theater Review Monty Python’s Spamalot Presented by Upstart Productions Ongoing until April 22 Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Taguig City. KING ARTHUR,...

Hollywood reaps dividends from Saudi Prince’s US tour

LOS ANGELES — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s goodwill tour of Hollywood is starting to pay dividends. The Saudi General Entertainment Authority on Wednesday...

What’s the moral behind the story of a family who happens...

FOR the third time in its 50-year history, Repertory Philippines presents the macabre comedy Arsenic and Old Lace which revolves around the murder and...

Learning to act and dance over summer

DON’T let summer vacation go into waste — get your kids to lift their heads from their screens and instead develop their talents, learn...

Spamalot and Sa Wakas return to the stage

THANKS TO popular demand, two musicals — one a hilarious riot of a show based on a British comedy troupe’s movie, the other a...

Rewriting the Stars

Theater Review Silent Sky Presented by Repertory Philippines Directed by Joy Virata March 16, 17, 23, 24 at 8 p.m.; March 17, 18, 24, 25 at 3:30 p.m. Onstage Theatre,...

Kinky Boots kicks again

Theater Review Kinky Boots Presented by Atlantis Productions Directed by Bobby Garcia March 16, 8 p.m., March 17 and 18, 2 and 8 p.m. Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala...

Ang Pag-uusig, Ibong Adarna top Gawad Buhay with 12 nominations each

TANGHALANG PILIPINO’s Ang Pag-uusig — a translation of the classic 1953 Arthur Miller play The Crucible — received the most Gawad Buhay awards nominations...

Rep’s Silent Sky:Big on passion, a lot of science, and a...

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman, Reporter Theater Review Silent Sky Presented by Repertory Philippines Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati City On view until March 25 THE WORDS “cerebral” and...

The touring production of Lion King gets Filipino touches

TWENTY years since it first opened on Broadway in 1997, The Lion King is finally coming to Manila for the first time, and for...

How Repertory’s Silent Sky shouts women’s empowerment

REPERTORY PHILIPPINES’ production of Silent Sky comes at an opportune time when more and more Filipinas find themselves silenced and reduced to being the...

All in the Volante family

HIS six-inch red boots and perfect makeup are making a comeback on stage as singer Nyoy Volante reprises his role as the drag queen...

Pink Shorts Manila festival brings LGBT stories to light

THE WIDE shot onscreen shows a young boy being scolded by his mother for putting on makeup. The child confesses that he is gay,...

What happens when Juan Tamad, Banahaw, and Mariang Makiling all fall...

TANGHALANG PILIPINO’s Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad shows all the faces and phases of love — infatuation, frustration, jealousy, and heartache —...

Death, and then the laundry

By Sujata S. Mukhi Theater Review ’Night, Mother Presented by PETA Ongoing until March 18 PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, QC “AFTER ENLIGHTENMENT, the laundry, “ is...

CCP audience grew in 2017, targets 1M by 2020

DESPITE a small decrease in its onscreen audience when it came to the Cinemalaya Film Festival, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) saw...

A stripped down Himala

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman Reporter Theater Himala: Isang Musikal Presented by 9 Works Theatrical and The Sandbox Collective Feb. 10 to March 4 Power MAC Center Spotlight, Circuit...

Humor me: A millennial’s reaction

By Nickky F. P. de Guzman, Reporter Theater Review A Comedy of Tenors Repertory Philippines Ongoing until Feb. 18 Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati City COMEDY IS said to...

Of depression and expression

By Nickky F. P. de Guzman, Reporter Theater Review ’Night Mother Presented by PETA Feb. 2 to March 18, Fridays to Sundays The PETA Theater Center,No.5 Eymard Drive, New...

Looking for Richard in the tambakan

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Theater Review RD3RD: Throne of Blood Presented by Tanghalang Ateneo Directed by Anton Juan and Ricky Abad On view until Jan....

Relevance of Shakespeare to the state of the nation

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S work is timeless in its themes and universal in its approach — such that one of his earliest and greatest works appears...

New Year, new shows

WITH THE NEW YEAR comes new shows and encores to the delight of theater fans. Here are some of the plays, musicals, ballets, and...

British panto brings a contemporary twist to fairy tales

LONDON -- A figure styled as Donald Trump is booed off stage by a rowdy audience enjoying the thrills of British pantomime, bringing a...

Atlantis holds musical theater, acting workshops for adults

FOLLOWING the success of its inaugural musical theater workshops for children, teenagers, and adults last year, the Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group will hold its...

Looking for Intramuros’ lost soul

ANYBODY old enough to have witnessed the heyday of Manila, especially Intramuros, always has something to share about it. For Manileño and National Artist...

PETA’s ’Night Mother invites audience to have a ‘real’ talk

JESSIE wants to end her life, and she’ll do it tonight using her father’s gun. Jessie (played by Eugene Domingo) has told her mother...

Zootopia, Frozen, Finding Nemo featured in latest edition of Disney on...

FORTY-NINE performers from around the world will arrive in Manila to bring a magical experience on 120 feet of ice this holiday season. SM Lifestyle...

Theater World (12/06/17)

Matilda Closing date: Dec. 10 Meralco Theater, Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center The inspiring story of a little girl with big dreams, Matilda is a show not just...

Where has the flower power gone?

By Sujata S. Mukhi Theater Review Hair Till Dec. 17 By Gerome Ragni and James Rado Directed by Chris Millado Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City IT HURTS that this 50-year-old, rabble-rousing musical...

PETA’s Ang Buhay ni Galileo returns to Fort Santiago

THE OPEN THEATER in Fort Santiago hosted PETA’s plays in the 1990s. A live horse ran from the entrance to the stage in Virginia...