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A celebration of Carole King’s music

WHEN Kayla Rivera was 11-years-old, she recalls singing to “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” — her favorite Carole King song.

Artist Playground stages an OPM musical on HIV

IN ANCIENT Greece and Rome, roses were associated with the goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. In Christianity, a red rose was associated with Christ’s death and sacrifice. For 21-year-old playwright Junine Ray “Rayne” Jarabo, a rose’s petals symbolize resilience while its thorns symbolize challenges.

Full cast of Beautiful musical announced

ATLANTIS Theatrical Entertainment Group, which opened its 20th Anniversary Season this year with the critically acclaimed Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, has announced the full cast of its next production, the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which continues to run on Broadway.

Mamma Mia! Here it goes again!

HOW DO you keep yourself restrained when there’s a party on stage and iconic ABBA songs are playing? This can be the biggest challenge one encounters when watching the ongoing run of Mamma Mia! at The Theatre at Solaire: controlling your desire to stand up and dance and sing along with the cast.

Awit ng barkada

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.

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.

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.

Air Supply’s songs are highlight in RWM’s next musical

MAKING MUSICALS based on the popular songs of established musical stars seems to be the thing to do — abroad, think Mama Mia! which features the songs of ABBA, and locally, there is PETA’s popular water-logged musical Rak of Aegis, which features the songs of the popular jukebox band Aegis. Now Resorts World Manila (RWM) is getting into the game, presenting two musicals based on existing popular music. First announced was Ang Huling El Bimbo which features the iconic songs of local band the Eraserheads which will run from July 20 to Aug. 26 at RWM’s Newport Performing Arts Theater. This will be followed up in October with All Out of Love the Musical featuring the hits of Australian soft rock duo Air Supply.

Darna comes back to life in Benilde’s new dance musical, Ding,...

DARNA, the iconic Filipino superwoman, first came to life in 1950. Generations may have passed since Mars Ravelo’s famed superhero graced our comics, films,...

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...

FX makes TV history with transgender musical series

LOS ANGELES -- Cable channel FX said on Wednesday it had green-lit Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s Pose, a dance-musical series featuring the largest transgender...

Show business is casino business

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter THERE WAS A TIME when keeping up with the cultural zeitgeist — specially in theater circles — meant flying to New...

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...

Matilda the Musical showcases young talent

By Michelle Anne P. Soliman “EVEN IF you’re little, you can do a lot, you mustn’t let a little thing like, ‘little’ stop you,” the...

The young talent of The Sound of Music

NEAR the beginning of the musical The Sound of Music, the lead character, novice nun Maria is asked to leave the abbey to become...

Manila comes alive with The Sound of Music

WHO IS NOT familiar with Julie Andrews’ movie The Sound of Music? The lines “The hills are alive, with the sound of music” and...

La La Land’s Chazelle partners with Netflix for TV musical

LOS ANGELES – Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of hit movie La La Land, has another musical in the works, this time a multilingual...

Trolling the troll

TO GET and sustain the youths’ attention, PETA’s musical production Game of Trolls, incorporates all things millennial: rap battles, an LED-light party, a love...

A sister’s right to shoes

By Sujata S. Mukhi Theater Reviews Sister Act International Tour 2017 June 29-July 2 The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Aseana Ave., Entertainment City, Parañaque City Kinky Boots Atlantis Theatricals Entertainment...

Not quite the movie

OVATION PRODUCTIONS has reeled in the international tour of Sister Act, the hit West End and Broadway musical, based on the 1992 comedy film...

Fifty Shades musical parody back for a limited run

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla Theater 50 SHADES! The Musical Parody Dec. 15 to 17 Music Museum, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan BEFORE getting too excited over the movie’s sequel coming...

What young Wall Streeters see in American Psycho The Musical

By Amanda Gordon, Bloomberg ELEVEN Yale business school students spill out of a Broadway theater after a performance of American Psycho The Musical. They’ve just...

A Disney extravaganza

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival Sept. 1 to 6 Kia Theatre DISNEY LIVE! brings favorite Disney characters to life in Mickey’s Music Festival, a limited run show...