Arts & Leisure

RWM’s stage is alive with the sound of music

Posted on July 08, 2016

MUSIC LOVERS brace yourselves as Resorts World Manila is gearing up for what it calls “The Third Quarter Storm.” Over the next two months they will be presenting three performances, one for those who love musicals, another for those who love to reminisce, and another for those who love good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll.

The first, to be held on July 12, will see the “world’s first tribute band,” the Bootleg Beatles, paying homage to the Fab Four by performing timeless Beatles songs.

The Bootleg Beatles, formed in 1980 after being cast in the West End production Beatlemania, is currently composed of Adam Hastings (who plays John Lennon), Steve White (Paul McCartney), Stephen Hill (George Harrison), and Gordon Elsmore (Ringo Starr).

To date the 36-year-old tribute band has performed over 4,000 shows all over the world, bringing along (as all tribute bands worth their salt would) the “spot-on costumes, authentic period instruments, uncanny resemblance and inflection, perfect vocal mimicry,” according to a company press release.

The Bootleg Beatles in Concert is a one-day engagement on July 12, 8 p.m.

While the touring production of Les Miserables may have left these shores months ago, musical theater fever isn’t over yet as MiG Ayesa and Tanya Manalang will, on July 14 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, be performing well-loved Broadway and West End staples.

The Filipino-Australian singer first made waves as a finalist in the CBS series Rock Star: INXS in 2005, MiG Ayesa (real name: Miguel Alfonso Ramon Legarda Ayesa), and went on to build a promising career on Broadway after debuting in Burn the Floor in 2010 and played Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages during the show’s first National Tour in 2010. He reprised his role in the Manila production in 2012.

Tanya Manalang, meanwhile, is also making a name for herself in the musical theater scene, having previously played the “other Kim” -- alternating in the lead role with Eva Noblezada -- in the 2014 West End revival production of Miss Saigon. She is currently playing the lead character, Aileen, in the fifth run of PETA’s Rak of Aegis.

The concert will be directed by Freddie Santos, with the singers backed by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Rodel Colmenar.

“Singing in concerts is more stressful than singing in musicals,” Ms. Manalang said during a press conference on July 1, adding that “in musicals, there are a lot of dates so you can get better with each successive performance, but in concerts, you only have one shot and that’s it.”

The concert is also “a chance to see me without doing what I usually do,” said Mr. Ayesa as the one-night performance is about him doing a “legitimate musical performance.”

The show, Curtains Up!, will be on July 14, 8 p.m.

Get ready to hear rock classics done in a way that hasn’t been heard before as rock cover group, Tenors of Rock, “reinvents the standard male vocal group [concept] and creates a seriously high profile rock experience,” according to the group’s Web site.

The five-man group -- composed of Gareth Richards, Jonathan Williams, David Richards, Gaz Chart, and Jaymz Denning -- got its big break when they got to compete in the final rounds of X-Factor UK. From there they went on to perform in Las Vegas venues including Palms, Stratosphere and Planet Hollywood.

Rock anthems will abound in the two-day concert on Aug. 12-13 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, including Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Argent’s “God Gave Rock N’ Roll To You, and other songs from iconic rock bands like the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, and Aerosmith among many others.

Tickets for all the shows are available at the RWM Box office located at the ground floor of Newport Mall, and at all TicketWorld outlets. Visit or call Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (632) 908-8833 for more information. -- Z.B. Chua