Arts & Leisure

On Stage -- Juan Antonio Lanuza

Peter Pan is a family show

Posted on September 14, 2011

Repertory Philippines’ big musical this year will be a new version of that favorite play based on James Barrie’s Peter Pan, with music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe and book by Willis Hall. This is not the Peter Pan that has been produced several times in Manila before. This production originated in England. Repertory is flying to Manila the equipment needed for the actors to be able to “fly.”

Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Jaime del Mundo will direct a cast that includes Sam Concepcion as Peter Pan, Michael William as Captain Hook, Pinky Marquez as Mrs. Darling, Jaime del Mundo as Mr. Darling, Kyla Rivera as Tiger Lily, Cara Barredo/Tippy dos Santos as Wendy, Nacho Tambunting/Luigi Quesada as John and Alessa Zialcita/Miggy Santos as Michael.

During the press preview some months ago, we were treated to performances of several of the songs. They were excellent. Though I had never heard them before, I enjoyed them very much. Pinky

Marquez has an exquisite song and you have to see Michael William who gives a menacing and hilarious performance as Captain Hook. The melodies are good and more contemporary than the version we know from before. The performers have very pleasant voices, can sing, dance and act.

The shows will be at the Meralco Theater from Sept. 30 to Oct. 30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are available at Repertory Philippines (571-6926) or at TicketWorld outlets.

I strongly urge you to see this family-oriented big musical. You all will enjoy this one with the kiddies.

Voice silenced

Popular Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra passed away last week in Sicily, Italy at the age of 43. He was in a coma for nine days after a motor scooter accident.

Mr. Licitra had his international break in May 2002 when at short notice he was flown to New York City where he stepped in for Luciano Pavarotti in the opera Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera. He sang one of the performances to great success. Since then he performed in all of the major opera houses around the world.

Salvatore Licitra will be missed by opera fans around the world.

What’s on in Manila?

• Repertory Philippines’s Children’s Theater presents Seussical from Aug. 13 until mid-December. Call Marie Talay at 571-6926 or 571-4941 to reserve seats, to block-buy seats, or purchase shows for fund raising. They have at least three full casts of very gifted actors.

• Atlantis Productions presents In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award winning musical (Bobby Garcia directs). Performances are at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave., Makati, until Sept. 18. The highly successful musical Next to Normal, starring Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, will have a repeat run at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium from Oct. 7-16. Do not miss this one if you are a lover of serious theater. Finally, Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga will direct the Broadway Musical of Disney’s The Little Mermaid from Nov. 18 to Dec. 11 at the Meralco Theater with Erik Santos as the Prince and Rachelle Ann Go as The Little Mermaid. For inquiries and reservations, call Claire at Atlantis at 892-7078/840-1187 or visit

• The 2011-2012 Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) Season continues on Oct. 7 at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines with Epic Evenings with the PPO, with Ariel Sta. Ana as the soloist in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Other compositions to be played are: Sensemaya by Silvestre Revueltas, Igorot Rhapsody by Angel Peña and Festa Romane by Ottorino Resphighi. Call the CCP’s Marketing Department and ask about the different types of season subscription tickets they offer. There are special discounts for senior citizens and students.

• With its latest production, William, PETA creates an original play that uses rap to break down William Shakespeare. Maribel Legarda directs.

It is ongoing until Sept. 25 with shows at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. PETA is at #5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, QC. For details call 410-0821.

• The MMCO will hold is first concert of the 2011-2012 season on Oct. 1, 8 p.m. at the Miriam Auditorium, Miriam College, Katipunan Ave., QC. It features Caitlin Coyiuto playing the flute in Hue’s Fantasie as part of the emerging artist series.

• A Korean Film Festival will be held from Sept. 20 to Oct. 2 at the SM Mall of Asia and SM North EDSA cinemas. The films will also be shown in SM Cebu from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. Secret Reunion will be screened for the premiere nights in Metro Manila and Cebu. Other films to be shown are: Speedy Scandal, A Happy Life, My Dear Enemy, Hwang Jin Yi, For Eternal Hearts and Christmas in August. Admission is free.

• On Sept. 18, 7 p.m., pianist Denise Lim, 15, will give a recital at the PhilamLife Auditorium, UN Ave., Ermita, Manila. She will interpret compositions by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Poulenc and S. Joplin as well as Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major with the Manila Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Solares. Admission is free.

• Cine Europa is ongoing until Sept. 18 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong. Free admission on a first-come, first-serve basis. Films to be shown are: Austria (Little Robbers), Belgium (Long Weekend), Bulgaria (Letter to America), Czech Republic (Grapes), Denmark (The Escape), Finland (Princess), France (An Ordinary Execution), Germany (Goethe), Greece (Little Greek Godfather), Italy (The Last Farm), The Netherlands (The Silent Army), Romania (Exchange), Spain (Intacto and Mataharis), Slovakia (Mosquito’s Tango), Sweden (Mammoth), Switzerland (How About Love), the UK (Never Let Me Go). Check the cinema for the schedules.

• Money Matters for Kids!, a mobile interactive exhibit, is ongoing at the Metropolitan Museum until Oct. 29. It features hands-on tools that encourage play and study while exploring money-related themes like spending and saving, allowing parents and educators to introduce the concept of money to kids in a fun and engaging way. For details call the Museum at 521-1517.

• On the last week of January, Mama Mia, the musical featuring the music of ABBA, will be shown at the CCP Main Theater for a limited run. Tickets bought using Citibank credit cards are available now. You will benefit from a 10% discount.

• Tickets to Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival are at 10% off for Citibank credit cardholders from Sept. 1 to Oct. 9. Mickey and his gang will perform Disney hits at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel from Sept. 23 to 25 and at the Araneta Coliseum from Oct. 5 to 9. For details log on to or call the 24-Hour Citi phone at 995-9999.

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