Category theatre

les miz manila (fight songs, anyone?)

The Prologue to Victor Hugo’s Les Miz probably says it all: “So long as there shall exist, by virtue of law and custom, decrees of damnation pronounced by society, artificially creating hells amid the civilization of earth, and adding the element of human fate to divine destiny; so long as the three great problems of […]

the man behind marius

Getting the opportunity to pick the brain of Paul Wilkins, currently playing Marius Pontmercy for the international tour–starting with the Manila leg–of Les Mis, even for a mere 28 recorded minutes (and then some unrecorded time, inclusive of impromptu photo-op) was fun. Searching out bits of content such as an ensemble whore asking him about his […]

3 stars and a sun

what i remember most about Francis Magalona was his passion, a patriotism articulated in his music and inked into his skin (and, according to his widow, would have made him a politician if she hadn’t been against it), and his ability to cut through the bullshit and actually collaborate with other musicians, whatever their genre. […]

boeing boeing + chismaxx

My two cents on the latest Rep play “Boeing Boeing” AKA Juggling Love, came out in BusinessWorld Weekender today. The cast members are truly a riotous bunch: … And in case you were wondering, yes, stage director Miguel Faustmann (MF) did address the elephant in the room. Well, we did ask. MF stressed that the […]

The ghost in us? (Ruminating on the Phantom)

Two days ago, I was lucky enough to tag along with my sis to watch The Phantom of the Opera at the CCP. I say lucky because the balcony tickets were free and this was, sort of, consolation for missing the Maroon 5 concert — again. Given the spectacle of it all, t’was a pretty […]

The witches stole the show

Wizard of Oz (Play) Based on the book by L. Frank Baum Adaptation, book and lyrics by Jim Eiler Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy Directed by Joy Virata I like my witches over the top – little wonder why I found myself enjoying immensely the press preview of “Wizard of Oz” staged by […]