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News: IMAGO DROPS UNPLUGGED COLLECTION OF ALL-TIME HITS

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OPM rock band Imago is back to give new flavor to the hits of their past with the release of “Imago: Unplugged.” Produced by Buddy Zabala, the EP is a collection of stripped-down versions of songs the band popularized over their storied career. The EP features six tracks, including the hits “Sundo,” “Akap,” “Taralets,” and one of their latest singles “Pag-ibig na Walang Balik,” sung by the band’s newest vocalist Kiara San Luis.



Talking more about the EP, the band says “A majority of the songs of Imago started with an acoustic guitar and we wanted to show these songs in that birthing state where it had shape and form already while being raw and bare.”

On top of the “Unplugged” EP, the band is also busy creating new tracks to continue their evolution, including their latest single “Partida (featuring BenteDos).” This new track blends together San Luis’ sweet vocals and a surprising hip-hop twist with featured artist BenteDos, exploring themes of the risk-taking involved when heading into a romantic relationship.



Imago: Unplugged – EP and Partida (feat. BenteDos) are now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon Music under Universal Records.

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News: BOBBY GARCIA DIRECTS THE BAND’S VISIT

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Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group’s Artistic Director, Bobby Garcia, is set to take on the international premiere of THE BAND’S VISIT, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical that has become one of the most awarded musicals in theatre history.

BOBBY GARCIA. (Photo provided by ATEG.)

After taking on three radically different productions last year, Tony Kushner’s epic opus ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL and a revival of SWEENEY TODD, Bobby Garcia will soon direct the heartfelt, critically acclaimed musical of how sometimes the smallest of moments can have the largest impact on our lives.

Garcia says, “There is a wonderful combination of melancholy and euphoria that weaves its way through THE BAND’S VISIT. I struggle to find the exact single word to describe the feeling. Perhaps it is called bliss. Or maybe it is called humanity. Whatever it is, THE BAND’S VISIT is one of the most unique musicals I have ever directed.  It is made up of small, seemingly uneventful  moments. Uneventful, perhaps in the theatrical sense. But, in those small moments we discover what it really means to come together as a community and how we discover what our universal language as people of different cultures. I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to tell this story for an audience in Manila.”

THE BAND’S VISIT opened on Broadway in 2018 and went on to win 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on the acclaimed film, THE BAND’S VISIT tells the story of an Egyptian police band that arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travellers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.  It features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses and will mark its international premiere in Manila.

THE BAND’S VISIT has a stellar cast led by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Rody Vera, and Mark Bautista. It will mark Menchu’s return to the Atlantis stage after seven years, having performed critically acclaimed roles in Atlantis’ NEXT TO NORMAL and CARRIE, amongst many others.

Garcia says of his cast, “I am thrilled to be working with Menchu again and to have her back on the Atlantis stage. We have become very good friends and have often talked about what our next show would be together. I think Menchu will bring a unique spin on Dina, the beautiful, charismatic, and mysterious owner of the cafe, who welcomes the straying band members to their small town. It will be another unforgettable turn from one of the country’s finest musical theatre leading ladies. I am also extremely excited to be working with the incredibly talented Rody Vera for the very first time and to have Mark Bautista, whose talent I truly believe in, join us once again. They join a fantastic cast who I think will all breathe intoxicating life into this beautiful story of how the love for music can bring about genuine human connection.”

Nino Alejandro, Bibo Reyes, Reb Atadero, Jill Peña, Maronne Cruz, Jep Go, Floyd Tena, Dean Rosen, Steven Conde, Rhenwyn Galbalonzo, and Leanne Mamonong complete the cast of THE BAND’S VISIT.

THE BAND’S VISIT will have set design by Faust Peneyra, lighting design by Adam Honoré, musical direction by Farley Asuncion, musical staging by Cecile Martinez, costume design by Odelon Simpao, vocal direction by ManMan Angsico, projection design by GA Fallarme, hair and makeup design by Jaydee Jasa and sound design by Justin Stasiw. It is presented through a special licensing arrangement with Music Theatre International.

THE BAND’S VISIT launches Atlantis Twenty Twenty, a season of three musicals that will also feature an all new revival of the award-winning family musical OLIVER!, presented through a special licensing arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. and Music Theatre International, and the hot Broadway and West End musical ON YOUR FEET!, presented through a special licensing arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

THE BAND’S VISIT runs from March 13 to 29, 2020 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. For tickets, visit www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 8891 9999.

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News: International Tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL adds One More Week!

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Producers of Matilda usher in the new year with exciting news! GWB Entertainment along with GMG Productions & Virtus Live have just announced that they have added one more week to the Manila season of the international tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL. The multi award-winning show, which is making its way to Manila for the very first time, opens at The Theatre at Solaire on March 5, 2020 and will now be running until March 22, 2020.

The stage adaptation of the much loved Roald Dahl classic was originally produced for the stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

For the shows that are in the final week, the producers have created the Two-Price Special for Tuesday, and Sunday Evening: One price across all orchestra seats, and one price across all balcony seats.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl (who also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox and many others…) Written by Dennis Kelly with Original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is now in its seventh year in London where it continues to delight audiences of all ages.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL was commissioned by the RSC in 2010, and is the recipient of a record-breaking seven 2012 Olivier Awards including Best Musical and a joint Best Actress Award for the four girls who shared the title role.  MATILDA THE MUSICAL is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus, who helms this exhilarating and ingenious production with book by playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.

MATILDA THE MUSICAL premiered at the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon, playing to sold-out audiences from November 2010 to January 2011.  Capturing the imagination of young and old alike, the RSC transferred the production to London’s West End in October 2011 where the show continues to play to sold-out houses at the Cambridge Theatre.  Roald Dahl’s magical story about a girl with extraordinary powers has been a favourite novel of millions of people across the world since it was published in 1988.

The Producers are also happy to announce the principle cast for the Manila season:

Hayden Tee as Miss Trunchbull,

Haley Flaherty as Miss Honey,

Nompumelelo Mayiyane as Mrs. Phelps,

Claire Taylor as Mrs. Wormwood, and

Stephen Jubber as Mr. Wormwood

The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award® winner Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Tony Award® winner Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker.

For detailed background information on the show and the characters please visit: www.matildainternational.com

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News: ON YOUR FEET! MANILA HAS FOUND ITS GLORIA ESTEFAN

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Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group’s upcoming production of the Broadway and West End hit musical ON YOUR FEET! has found its lead star who will play the iconic and multi-awarded singer Gloria Estefan.

After a long search, Gab Pangilinan, who has starred in musicals such as BEAUTIFUL, ANG HULING EL BIMBO, SIDE SHOW, MULA SA BUWAN and RAK OF AEGIS, will take on the coveted lead role of Gloria, one of the most celebrated and successful singers of all time. Gloria Estefan, who has won 7 Grammy Awards, herself approved the casting of Gab after viewing her audition videos which were sent to her by Bobby Garcia, director of the production.

Gab says of her casting, “Being cast as the one and only Gloria Estefan is beyond anything I’ve ever imagined. She has made impossible things possible in her life worth many lifetimes and her incredible life story has touched the lives of so many young dreamers, including mine. What a huge blessing it is to be given the opportunity to portray Gloria, a truly iconic woman of hope and strength. It will be a challenge but one that I welcome with open arms. I am so grateful. I can’t wait to start working on this. And also, I can’t wait to put my dancing shoes on!

GAB PANGILINAN. Photo by Paw Castillo. (provided by ATEG)

Bobby Garcia, who will soon be directing the international premiere of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical THE BAND’S VISIT, says, “From the moment she stepped in to audition, it was clear that Gab was the front runner for Gloria.  Her preparation, focus, grasp of the material and of Gloria and the Miami Sound Machine’s music and style were evident throughout the audition process.  Gloria viewed the audition videos and immediately loved Gab.  We are thrilled that one of Philippine musical theatre’s brightest young stars will be taking on the role of this remarkable and inspiring woman who has rocked the music industry for four decades. If there is anyone who can get a Manila audience to Conga other than Gloria herself, it’s Gab.”

ON YOUR FEET! is the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, two people who believed in their talent, their music and each other, and became an international sensation. Universally crowd-pleasing and uplifting, ON YOUR FEET! is a celebration of greatest hits that will have audiences dancing in the aisles. Featuring “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “1-2-3,” “Live For Loving You,” “Conga,” and many more, ON YOUR FEET! is a portrait of a legendary artist that reveals fierce determination and visionary creativity matched with the exhilarating energy of the Miami Sound Machine. ON YOUR FEET! features music and lyrics by Emilio and Gloria Estefan and a book by Alexander Dinelaris. ON YOUR FEET! is presented through a special licensing agreement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Emilio and Gloria Estefan. ON YOUR FEET! is part of Atlantis Twenty Twenty, a season of musicals that includes the international premiere of THE BAND’S VISIT, which opens on March 13 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati, and the classic musical OLIVER!

ON YOUR FEET! will run at the Circuit Performing Arts Theater, Makati from November 13 to December 6.  For show buying and group packages, contact Atlantis Theatrical at shows@atlantistheatrical.com.

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News: “Joseph The Dreamer”, An inspired re-imagination fit for the times

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Gathering some of the most promising and most formidable names in the local theatre industry, Trumpets’ presents a reimagined production of its hit musical, “Joseph the Dreamer.”

Joseph the Dreamer” goes onstage February 21 to March 7 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater and promises to recreate moments of sheer nostalgia for people who have experienced the magic of previous stagings. The updated material is aimed at reaching a newer, younger audience and has been given new twists and takes that make it more vibrant and playful yet somehow more profound.

Trumpets President Butch Jimenez says, “The time is ripe for younger generations to experience this incredible musical and the best way to reach them is to have millennials at the helm of this new production. We did not have to look far to assemble the best artistic team. “

Renowned concert director and stage actor Paolo Valenciano, who grew up witnessing the magic of “Joseph the Dreamer,” makes his theater debut as Director. He has assembled only the finest young artists to form his team. Nelsito Gomez, accomplished theater actor and rising new director, sits at his right hand as Associate Director. Myke Salomon, acclaimed Musical Director of “Rak of Aegis” and “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” puts on that hat once again for “Joseph.”

Hip-hop group A-Team’s choreographer Mike Arda also lends his talent for the musical. The dance numbers for this his first theater adventure will be as energetic and powerful as those his award-winning crew is known for.

Trumpets veteran and skilled scenographer Mio Infante, Sound Engineer Rards Corpus, and Lighting Director Dong Calingacion, who are all known for their brilliant work in their respective fields of expertise, round-off the artistic team.

Born and bred for theater Sam Concepcion (“The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe,” “High School Musical,” “Peter Pan”) returns to Trumpets and his first love playing the title role of Joseph after time away from theater making a name for himself in mainstream entertainment. Playing his love interest, Asenath, is Kayla Rivera, who headlined a string of hit musicals including ATEG’s “Beautiful.

The King of Philippine Musical Theater Audie Gemora, who played Joseph in earlier runs, returns as Joseph’s father, Jacob.

Also returning is the original Benjamin, Carlo Orosa, who now plays multiple key characters that show off his flair for comedy including the role of Egypt’s Pharaoh.

A former member of the JTD ensemble and one of many Mrs. Potiphars, powerhouse performer Bituin Escalante is now Rachel, Jacob’s wife and Joseph’s mother.

It is so good to have Sam, a mainstay of Trumpets, and Kayla, a Trumpets first-timer, in one production. Sparks really fly between them,” shares Audie. “And it is also nice to share the stage with returning cast members Carlo and Bituin.”

Completing the cast are Mitzi Lao, RJ Dela Fuente, Carlos Canlas, Paul Anthony Valdez, Neo Rivera, Jim Ferrer, Renz Bernardo, Edrei Tan, Matthew Barbers, John Paul Fausto, Joshua Ade Valenzola, Guido Gatmaytan, Aldo Vencilao, Alys Serdenia, Jo Mari Logdat, Coleen Paz, Samantha Libao, Kathleen Francisco with two child wonders Elai Estrella and Eli Luis.

The Cast _Joseph The Dreamer PressCon (Photo by Erickson dela Cruz)
The cast of 2020 Trumpets’ Joseph the Dreamer. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz.

Joseph The Dreamer” is based on the anointed life of Joseph and his journey towards becoming one of the most beloved characters in the Holy Bible.

Written by Freddie Santos based on the cantata by Cam Floria’s “Joseph, Whatever Happened to the Dreamer?”, the musical, rechristened “Joseph the Dreamer,” was first staged at the St. Teresa’s Auditorium Cebu in 1989. The modest staging was such a hit that the show quickly snowballed and had numerous runs shuttling back and forth between Manila and the provinces. It has played at the Meralco Theater, Cebu Plaza Ballroom, Waterfront Ballroom, 8000 seater Cebu Coliseum, the Ultra, San Agustin Gym in Iloilo, Bacolod Convention Center, Davao Convention Center, Dagupan Coliseum, Cuneta Astrodome and was even aired on television.

Joseph The Dreamer Presscon (Photo by Erickson dela Cruz)
2020 TRUMPETS’ Joseph The Dreamer Cast. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz.

Its record-breaking ten-year-run was brought to a new high when pop superstar Gary Valenciano played Joseph in the 1999 staging. These were followed by school runs in the early 2000’s and full runs at the SM Megamall theaters.

Because of the increasing clamor for its return, Trumpets has long dreamt of bringing back “Joseph the Dreamer” and on February 21, that dream finally comes true.

Be part of the dream! Catch Trumpets’ “Joseph the Dreamer,” one of the most awaited stage productions of 2020.

For tickets, please visit www.ticketworld.com.ph or Trumpets, Inc.’s official Fan Page.

 

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News: AJ Mitchell Live in Manila

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Gather all your friends for AJ Mitchell’s Manila mall shows!

American pop sensation AJ Mitchell is set to serenade and meet his Filipino fans for an upcoming series of mall tours.

The eighteen-year-old pop singer-songwriter will be performing in select Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, from January 17 to 18, 2020 with the following schedule:

      • 01/17/20: Uptown Bonifacio (Friday, 7pm)
      • 01/18/20: Venice Grand Canal Mall (Saturday, 3pm)
      • 01/18/20: Eastwood City (Saturday, 7pm)

    “This will be my first time in the Philippines,” the teen heartthrob reveals in an interview.
    “I’m so excited to experience the culture and see as much as I can while there. I can’t wait to eat the amazing food and hopefully see some of the beaches as well.”
    With Nathan Huang of Nathan & Mercury and featuring Any Name’s Okay as opening act, the American recording artist will perform some fan favorites, including the mid-tempo jam “All My Friends” and the global smash “Slow Dance.”

Getting to know AJ Mitchell

With a slick and show-stopping voice, charismatic personality, and sharp songwriting chops, it’s no surprise that the fast-rising star has already charted three hits on the US top 40 radio chart in a span of less than two years: “Girls,” “All My Friends,” which peaked inside the top 25, and the Ava Max duet “Slow Dance,” now ranked #29 and still climbing.

In terms of streaming, AJ Mitchell has racked up more than 100 million streams and 4.15 million monthly listeners on Spotify, cementing himself as 2019’s most promising male artist.

Outside the US, the Philippines is considered to be one of the biggest music markets of AJ Mitchell, whose latest single “Slow Dance,” a collaboration with hit-maker Ava Max, is currently making waves in local streaming playlists and top 40 radio stations. “I was pleasantly surprised when I first learned this and I’m so excited to finally get to meet some of my Filipino fans,” the young musician/performer opens up about the warm reception on his previous and recent releases.

As for Ava Max, the pop phenom who has shown significant international attention with “Sweet and Psycho,” which topped the charts in 26 countries and landed a top 10 peak at the Billboard Hot 100 last year, the All My Friends singer has always been vocal about admiring her work ethic and talent. “Working with Ava Max was such an incredible experience. After sending her the track, she sent back her verse within hours. Even on the very first take she sounded so amazing that we immediately knew she was the one for the song.”

New album in the works

This year, AJ Mitchell will be releasing his debut full-length album under Sony Music. “This has been a wild ride so far and every day I think of how blessed I have been,” the budding pop personality reflects. “Over the next few years, I have so much more I hope to accomplish. Right now I can’t wait to finally release my first album called Skyview. Beyond that, I hope to have a #1 song, win a Grammy, go out on an international tour, and so much more.”

AJ Mitchell’s latest single “Slow Dance” is now available on all music streaming and download platforms worldwide.

You can watch the official music video of “Slow Dance” on Youtube, and stream the track in its entirety on Spotify.

 

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News: THE BAND’S VISIT COMPLETE CAST ANNOUNCED

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Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is thrilled to announce that musical theatre performers Jep Go, Dean Rosen, Steven Conde, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo and Leanne Mamonong complete the cast of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical THE BAND’S VISIT, which opens in March at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati.

Jep Go, a finalist of Team Lea on The Voice,  has appeared in musicals such as SWEENEY TODD, BEAUTIFUL, ETO NA! MUSIKAL NAPO, and MADAGASCAR. He will be playing the Telephone Guy, the hopeless romantic patiently waiting for his girlfriend to call him at the town’s only payphone.  Dean Rosen, who has appeared in SWEENEY TODD, BEAUTIFUL, WAITRESS, and SPAMALOT, plays Zelger, the cheeky and self-asserting friend of Papi’s who sets Papi up with Julia.  Steven Conde, who has appeared in SWEENEY TODD, WAITRESS,  and KINKY BOOTS, plays Simon, the second in command of the Egyptian Police Band, eager to try his hand at conducting.  Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, whose credits include BEAUTIFUL, MATILDA, KINKY BOOTS, and JERSEY BOYS, will play Camal, a musician trying to contact the Egyptian embassy and competes with the Telephone Guy for the use of the town’s singular payphone.  Leanne Mamonong is a recording artist who has also taken to the stage with Metta Assumption Theatre under the tutelage of Ana Valdes-Lim. They join previously announced cast members Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Dina), Rody Vera (Tewfiq), Mark Bautista (Haled), Nino Alejandro (Avrum), Reb Atadero (Papi), Bibo Reyes (Itzik), Jill Peña (Iris), Maronne Cruz (Julia), and Floyd Tena (Sammy).

THE BAND’S VISIT opened on Broadway in 2018 and went on to win 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on the acclaimed film, THE BAND’S VISIT tells the story of an Egyptian Police Band that arrives in Israel to play concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travellers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.  It features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses, and will mark its International Premiere in Manila.

Bobby Garcia, who will be directing the musical, says, “I couldn’t ask for a better cast than this to bring to life these rich, complex, and  human characters. THE BAND’S VISIT has become a modern musical classic, in my eyes, and I think it will be treasured for generations to come. I am extremely proud that we get to tell this story in Manila and bring to life this gorgeous musical with a cast unlike any other.”

THE BAND’S VISIT will have set design by Faust Peneyra, musical direction by Farley Asuncion, musical staging by Cecile Martinez, lighting design by Adam Honoré, costume design by Odelon Simpao, vocal direction by Manman Angsico, projection design by GA Fallarme, hair and make up design by Jaydee Jasa, and sound design by Justin Stasiw.

THE BAND’S VISIT will launch Atlantis’ 2020 season, dubbed as ATLANTIS TWENTY TWENTY. The season will also feature an all-new revival of the award-winning family musical OLIVER!, presented through a special licensing agreement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. and Music Theatre International, and ON YOUR FEET!, presented through a special licensing agreement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

THE BAND’S VISIT runs from March 13 to 29, 2020 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.
Show buying and fundraising opportunities are available now. Email shows@atlantistheatrical.com for inquiries. Tickets are now available at www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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News: ADDITIONAL CAST MEMBERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE BAND’S VISIT

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Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is thrilled to welcome four additional cast members to its 2020 season opener, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical THE BAND’S VISIT, which opens in March.

Four of the brightest musical theatre stars, Reb Atadero, Maronne Cruz, Jill Peña, and Floyd Tena, join the Asian Premiere of the musical that The New York Daily News called, “Overwhelmingly joyous . . . The Band’s Visit takes place in the desert and, like a mirage, it shimmers. But better. Because this hushed, heart-melting musical is real—and truly magical.”

Reb Atadero. (Photo provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

Reb Atadero has appeared in musicals such as ANG HULING EL BIMBO, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, SPAMALOT, GREASE, ALTAR BOYZ, and THE WOMAN IN BLACK, amongst many others.  In The Band’s Visit, he will play Papi, the shy worker at Dina’s cafe who turns to Haled to help him overcome his fear of girls.

 

Maronne Cruz (Photo is provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

This will mark his first production with Atlantis. Maronne Cruz, whose list of credits include WAITRESS, COMPANY, and ANG HULING EL BIMBO, plays Julia, Papi’s equally shy blind date, upset by the lack of attention she is getting.

 

Jill Peña (Photo is provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

Jill Peña, who has appeared in numerous plays and musicals including BEAUTIFUL, COMPANY, KINKY BOOTS, ANNIE, and CARRIE, plays Iris, Itzik’s no-nonsense and headstrong wife who has resigned herself to the choices she has made in life.

Floyd Tena (Photo is provided by Atlantis Theatrical…)

Floyd Tena, who has appeared in HIMALA, BINONDO, and ETO NA! MUSIKAL NAPO plays Sammy, Dina’s ex-lover who she unexpectedly bumps into while she is out to dinner with Tewfiq.  This will also be his first production with Atlantis.

They join previously announced cast members Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Mark Bautista, Nino Alejandro, and Bibo Reyes.

Bobby Garcia, who directs the musical says, “Slowly but surely, we are assembling a cast for THE BAND’S VISIT as magical as the musical itself. This is a show that swept me off my feet when I first saw it with its tender charm about our common humanity and how music can be the driving force that brings us all together. I look forward to assembling the rest of what promises to be an unforgettable cast.”

THE BAND’S VISIT opened on Broadway in 2018 and went on to win 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical.   Based on the acclaimed film, THE BAND’S VISIT tells the story of an Egyptian Police Band that arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.  It features music and lyrics by David
Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses.

THE BAND’S VISIT will launch Atlantis’ 21st season, dubbed as ATLANTIS TWENTY TWENTY.  The season will also feature an all new revival of the award-winning family musical OLIVER! Through a special licensing agreement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. and MTI, and ON YOUR FEET, which is presented through a special licensing agreement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

THE BAND’S VISIT runs from March 13 to 29, 2020 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Show buying and fundraising opportunities are available now. Email shows@atlantistheatrical.com for inquiries. Tickets are now available at www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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News: Philippine Leaf Awards announces their finalists for the 2019 LEAF THEATER

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The Philippine Leaf Awards proudly announces the finalists for LEAF THEATER 2019. This covers performances from October 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kim Molina (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Joanna Ampil (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Shiela Valderrama – Martinez (Passion/Philippine Opera Company)
Aicelle Santos (Himala/9 Works Theatricals)
Krystal Kane (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Tanya Manalang (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Sandino Martin (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Vien King (Passion/Philippine Opera Company)
Arman Ferrer (Mabining Mandirigma /Tanghalang Pilipino)
Gian Magdangal (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)
David Ezra (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
IN A FEATURED ROLE (MUSICAL)

Bituin Escalante (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Marriela Munji Laurel (Binondo/MA-Yong Foundation)
Carla Guevara-Laforteza (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Resorts World)
Maronne Cruz ( Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Bernadette Mamauag (Noli Me Tangere The Opera/J&S Production)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
IN A FEATURED ROLE (MUSICAL)

Nino Alejandro (Waitress/Atlantis Theatrical)
Rody Vera (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Vince Lim (Rak of Aegis 7/PETA)
Bibo Reyes (Waitress/Atlantis Theatricals)
Juancho Gabriel (Spring Awakening/ Ateneo Blue Repertory)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST FOR A MUSICAL

Spring Awakening (Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical (MA-Yong Foundation)
Ang Huling El Bimbo (Full House Theater Co./Resorts World)
Mabining Mandirigma (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Rak of Aegis 7/(PETA)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Ejay Yatco (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)

Von de Guzman (Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical/MA-Yong Foundation)
Eugene Belbis (Sleeping Beauty/Kids’ Act Philippines Inc)
Herminigildo Ranera (Noli Me Tangere, The Opera/J&S Production)
Jesse Lucas (Roses for Ben/Artist Playground)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR FOR A MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Ed Lacson (Himala/9 Works Theatricals)
Chris Millado (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Missy Maramara (Spring Awakening/Ateneo Blue Repertory)
Dexter Santos (Ang Huling El Bimbo/Resorts World)
Jerry Sibal/Jose Jeffrey Camanag (Noli Me Tangere, The Opera/ J&S Productions)

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OUTSTANDING PLAY

Ang Dressing Room (Dulaang UP)
Katsuri (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Alyas July (Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Nana Rosa (Dulaang UP)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Missy Maramara ( Stop Kiss/Music Artes)
Bibeth Orteza (Dolorosa/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Peewee O’Hara (Nana Rosa/Dulaang UP)
Delphine Buencamino (If He Doesn’t See Your Face/Arete Productions)
Jill Pena (Dancing Lessons/Twin Bill Theater)
Jenny Jamora (Stop Kiss/Music Artes)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Roeder Camanag (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Marco Viana (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Jonathan Tadioan (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Ron Capinding (Dolorosa/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Brian Matthew Sy (If He Doesn’t See Your Face/Arete Productions)
Randy Villarama (Dancing Shoes/Twin Bill Theater)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
IN A FEATURED ROLE

Stella Canete (Ang Bahay ni Bernarda Alba/Dulaang UP)
Sherry Lara (Coriolano/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Joan Cabunag (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino)
Krystle Valentino (Nana Rosa/Dulaang UP)
Jannah Baniasia (Ang Dakilang Teatro ng Daigdig/ CSB School of Design)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
IN A FEATURED ROLE

Brian Matthew Sy (Coriolano/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Norman Penaflorida (Nakakapagpabagabag/Artist Playground)
Mitoy Sta Ana (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Seth Dela Llana (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino/CSB)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST

Ang Dressing Room (Dulaang UP)
M. Butterfly National Tour (Frontrow Entertainment)
Alyas July (Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Manila Notes(Tanghalang Pilipino/Japan Foundation)
Katsuri (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Marat/Sade (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR

Carlitos Siguion Reyna (Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino)
Alexander Cortez (Ang Dressing Room/Dulaang UP)
Riki Benedicto (Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino/CSB)
Francis Matheu (Dancing Lessons/Twin Bill Theater)
Ed Lacson Jr. (Stop Kiss/Music Artes)
Joy Cerro (Marat/Sade, UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

OUTSTANDING EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART (Musical or Non Musical)

Mural (Uyat Artista/Jocson College CLDCAS)
Tao Po (Rise Up/Juana Change Movement)
La Luna Roja (Fundacion Centro Flamenco)
The Weight of Words (Black Canvas Theater)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN AN EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART

Elle Ocampo (Mural/Jocson College/CLDCAS)
Mae Paner (Tao Po/Rise Uo/Juana Change Movement)
Tami Monsod (La Luna Roja/Fundacion Centro Flamenco)
Abner Delina Jr. (The Weight of Words/Black Canvas)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR EMERGING PERFORMANCE ART

Leo Rialp (La Luna Roja/Fundacion CentroFlamenco)
Ed Lacson Jr (Tao Po/Rise Up/Juana Change Movement)
Jayson Gantan Pabalan (Mural/Uyat Artista/Jocson College CLDCAS
Abner Delina Jr. (The Weight of Words/Black Canvas)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN

Tigmamanukin (Artist Playground)
Sleeping Beauty (Kids Acts Philippines Inc.)
Hanggang Isang Araw (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)
Nia & Anwar/The Whale Shark Tale (Gloria Fantasyland/Dapitan)

OUTSTANDING CULTURAL/THEATER GROUP

Uyat Artista (Angeles City)
Tanghalang Sandaang Pulo (Alaminos Pangasinan)
Aklan Performing Arts Network (Western Visayas)
Kanlaon Theater Guild (Negros Occidental)
Barasoain Kalinangan (Malolos Bulacan)

OUTSTANDING SCENOGRAPHY

Nia and Anwar/The Whale Shark Tale/ Gloria Fantasyland
Katsuri/Tanghalang Pilipino
Alyas July/Dulaang Filipino CSB
Himala/9 Works Theatricals
Hanggang Isang Araw (UP Dulaang Laboratoryo)

BEST SPECIAL EVENTS

Imbukada (Belison, Antique)
70th Anniversary PESA (Phil Electronic Suppliers Assoc)
San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Conference
Pinoy Playlist, BGC
Koryo Mindanao

BEST SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR

Noel Maximo (San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corp Conference)
Rodel Mercado (70th Anniversary, Federation of Electrical Suppliers)
Basilidas Pilapil (Koryo Mindanao)
Peter Macrohon (Imbukada)

 

THE AWARDING CEREMONY IS SET ON FEBRUARY 8, 2020 (SATURDAY)
at CARLOS P. ROMULO AUDITORIUM RCBC PLAZA, MAKATI CITY, 2 PM – 5 PM

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News: Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled their line up of programs for 2020.

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled its 2020 performance season.  CCP vice president and artistic director Chris Millado presented the CCP’s year-long programming in a press conference held recently at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute.

CCP welcomes the new year with forthcoming productions from its resident companies – the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Dance Company, UST Symphony Orchestra, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), and the Philippine Madrigal Singers.  Local and international outreach performance tours are likewise set for some of the resident companies throughout the year.

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A scene from Dulaang UP’s production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna”. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

A University Theater Season is set in 2020 wherein select university-based theater groups take to the CCP venues to showcase next-generation talent in their productions of original Filipino works, adaptations of classics and experimental work.  The season of university theater productions ramps up to the 13th International University Theater Association’s (IUTA) Congress and Festival to be held in August.

International Filipino tenor Arthur Espiritu leads a stellar international cast from Italy and Manila in the staging of the opera “Lucia Di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti, the Italian-language libretto written by Salvadore Cammarano based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel “The Bride of Lammermoor.”

Ternocon II, a unique competition involving the young designers in a mentoring atelier workshop with established designers in a process that engages the history, technique, and construction of the classic Filipino terno, culminates in a grand fashion concert where the winners are announced.

Other events include concerts (Triple Threats), festivals (CCP Jazz Festival in Baguio City, Banda Rito Banda Roon: Symphonic Band and Clarinet, The Rainbow LGBTQI Arts; Festival of Arts and Ideas), plays (Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Batang Mujahideen” and “Lam-Ang, an Ethno-Epic Musical”), a production of “Senadala at Persyanus: Ang Bagong Mukha ng Moro by community-based theater organization Komedya ng Don Galo, and other productions. 

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Markki Stroem will be part of the Triple Threats concert series. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz.

Highlights of the 2020 CCP season calendar include the inauguration of the CCP’s newest venue Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater), the first CCP Arts and Social Media Festival, Launching of Rare Digitized CCP Performances Collection of the CCP Library and Archives, and the Genesis Magazine Anniversary Edition, CCP Digital Time Capsule, Luces: Festival of Illuminations, CCP Arthouse Cinema screenings, Philippine Hip-Hop Dance Championship and the like.

 The CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (EPA) will soon be available digitally in 2020 including a Digital Installation, Website launch, Mobile Application, and Offline Version as well.

 There are also the CCP regular events such as the Pasinaya, considered the largest multi-arts festival in the country; the Virgin Labfest, the annual festival of raw, untested and unstaged one-act plays, followed by an Extra Virgin LabFest to be held in other regions; Cinemalaya, the largest independent film festival with the aim to support cinematic works by upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers.

 Proud of its art education and outreach programs, the CCP continues to hold various training and workshops for national rondalla, national folk dance for teachers, choral groups, and summer dance, to name some.

 Must-see exhibitions include the following: “1986 People Power Revolution – The aftermath from Cultural Center of the Philippines to Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas: The Center in the Midst of Change”,  “Valerio Nofuente and Emmanuel Sanchez Collections: The Banned Library Materials During the Martial Law Era”, “Allegories And Realities Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: In Retrospect”, Launching of the 21AM (21st Century Arts Museum), “1st of May: The Roles of Amado Vera Hernandez and Isabelo Florentino De Los Reyes in the History of the Labor Movement in the Struggle for Social Justice and Liberation”, Severino Rivera Reyes (1861-1942) “Father of the Tagalog Sarsuwela”, “Launch of the CCP Print Folio: 20/30 I & II: A Limited Edition Print Portfolios in Celebration of the 50th Year Anniversary of CCP”, Cinemalaya Eye Fix, among other shows.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CCP INSTITUTIONAL PRESSCON:

(posted by Mr. Camilo Villanueva Jr.)

  • The fully editable and interactive Digital CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts, to be distributed free to public schools and universities.
  • Interactive Digital Wall Installations, which not only feature full info on current shows but also layerable timeliness on the different arts, along with a Time Capsule.
  • CCP Digital HD to extend the lifespan of high-budgeted productions to be launched with Virgin Lab Fest’s “Mga Kontrabida” by Lasallian Dustin Celestino.
  • A Dulaang UP production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna“, the last work of Antonio “Tony” Mabesa+, translated by Nicolas Pichay.
  • The First Social Media and the Arts Festival in May, a brainchild of Irene Rada who is retiring this year.
  • The opening of CCP’s New Black Box Theater, which Tess Rances herself assured will finally push through.
  • The revival of Triple Threats concerts featuring Markki Stroem, among others, and
  • Spinifex Group’s dynamic Audiovisual Light and Video Matting for the CCP Facade in September, 2020

 For more information, please call CCP at 8832-1125 and visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

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News: CINEMA UNDER THE STARS AT CCP

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Enjoy the yuletide season while watching free movies as the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents Cinema under the Stars, a three-night special event featuring screenings of the best Cinemalaya, Gawad Alternatibo, and select family-friendly films, surrounded by the glittering parols and featuring performances as part of the CCP’s Sinag: Festival of Radiance from December 13-15, 2019 at the CCP Front Lawn at 6pm.

Sinag: Festival of Radiance is a light and sound show showcasing the CCP’s fifty years of excellence in the field of performing, literary, visual and multi-media arts and its continuing partnership with its regional network.

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The 20-feet sundial art installation by artist Toym Imao Jr. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz
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Abner Delina Jr. hosts the program. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

The performances complement the beautiful lanterns created by the Kapampangan craftsmen from the renowned family of lantern makers, now led by 5th generation artisan, Arvin Quiwa, as well as the 20-feet sundial art installation by multimedia artist Abdulmari “Toym” Imao Jr.  Located at the CCP Front Lawn, the installation represents the role of arts and culture in society over time.
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Sir Ariel Yonzon of the Cultural Center of the Philippines led the Organizing Committee for this event. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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Creator of PANDESALAWAL film Direk Che Espiritu graces the event. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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Program for the event consists of the following:

December 13, Friday

6pm-6:25pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance – a light and sound spectacle

6:30pm-7pm – Diskarte by Mich Cervantes and Agu Crisostomo – Short film

            Asan Si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada – Short film

7pm-7:25pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7:30pm-9:20pm – Christmas in Our Hearts Reloaded (by RESBAK) – Short film

        Pan De Salawal by Che Espiritu – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

December 14, Saturday

6pm-6:30pm – Ephesus Teatron Group Inc.’s Tribu – Performance

6:35pm-7pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7pm-7:30pm – Ephesus Teatron Group Inc.’s Tribu – Performance

7:30pm-9:20pm – Maligaya Sana Ang Pasko (by RESBAK) – Short film

                          Paper Cut by Patricia Baguio Camino – Short film

                          Ekstra by Jeffrey Jeturian – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

 

December 15, Sunday

6pm-6:30pm – PWU Indayog Gongs – Performance

6:35pm-7pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7pm-7:30pm – PWU Indayog Gongs – Performance

7:30pm-9:20pm –

      Christmas In Our Hearts Reloaded (by RESBAK) – Short film

      Sa Saiyang Isla by Christian Candelaria – Short film

      Doon Sa Kabila Ng Bulkan by Ellen Ramos – Short film

      Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa – Short film

      Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank by Marlon Rivera – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

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Performance Photos: Tanghalang Pilipino’s ethno-epic musical, Lam-ang

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The first week run of Tanghalang Pilipino’s presentation of Lam-ang was a success and is now preparing for its 2nd week. And to accomodate more audiences, they added special weekday shows set on December 11, 12 and 13.

Lam-ang is an ethno-epic musical that re-imagines and reinterprets Biag ni Lam-ang, the oldest among the folk epics of Luzon. This play, which aims to rediscover a significant portion of Philippine culture and heritage, is inspired by the published Ilocano version of Isabelo delos Reyes and Tagalog translations of Angel Acacio and Ariel Tabag.

This musical takes us back to the times when we were our own selves by ourselves in our own little worlds. It chronicles the conquests of Lam-ang from the land of Nalbuan while envisioning local traditions that are being lost, ancient customs and lores that are being forgotten, and vestiges of our affluent past that are in danger of disappearing forever.

The production of Lam-ang also features the collaboration of award winning actors led by JC Santos and Anna Luna with Tex Ordoñez-De Leon, Joshua Cabiladas, Raflesia Bravo, Jonathan Tadioan, Ybes Bagadiong, Lance Reblando, Alvin Maghanoy, Hazel Maranan, Remus Villanueva, Paw Castillo, Karenina Ng, JV Ibesate, VJ Cortel, Francis Gatmaytan, Rapah Manalo, Miah Canton, Antonette Go, Gabo Tolentino, Alys Serdenia, and Lhorvie Nuevo.

The Creative Team of “Lam-ang” is an artistic collaboration among the following:
Eljay Castro Deldoc (New Book and Lyrics), Jen Darlene Torres (Music and Lyrics), Fitz Edward Bitana (Direction), Marco Viaña (Direction and Set Design), TJ Ramos (Musical Direction and Sound Design), JM Cabling (Choreography), Bonsai Cielo (Costume Design) and Lighting Design by Meliton Roxas, Jr.

Here are some Lam-ang performance photos taken by Erickson dela Cruz;

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Hazel Maranan as Namongan.
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Jonathan Tadioan as Tandang Guibuan.
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Antonette Go and Lhorvie Nuevo.

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Remus Villanueva as Lakay Lokan.
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Tex Ordoñez-de Leon as Baglan, with Hazel Maranan (Namongan) and Remus Villanueva (Lakay Lokan).
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Ybes Bagadiong as Ka-ul.

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Alvin Maghanoy bilang Batang Lam-ang.
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JC Santos as Lam-ang.
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Joshua Cabiladas as Gumakas.
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Ybes Bagadiong (Ka-ul) and Lance Reblando as Taraok.
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Anna Luna as Kannoyan.

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Lam-ang” closes on December 15, 2019 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office, Ticketworld, Ticket 2 Me, Blimo and the Tanghalang Pilipino office.

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News: Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra 2019 Christmas Concert at the CCP

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CELEBRATE the Yuletide season with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on December 20, 2019, 8:00 pm at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Guest soloists are percussionist Aimee De la Cruz, child soprano Alexa Kaufman and clarinetist Franz Jensen Andra. Maestro Herminigildo Ranera leads the PPO.

Program includes two works by Samuel Barber (“Adagio for Strings” and “Die Natali op.36”), Carl Maria von Weber’s “Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, op.26”, Cesar Franck’s “Panis Angelicus”, Felipe De Leon’s “Payapang Daigdig”, Pietro Yon’s “Gesu Bambino”, Darius Milhaud’s “Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra”, and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien op.45”.

Aimee Mina-De la Cruz holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Saint Paul University Manila under the Extended Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program, and a Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts from the University of the Philippines. As a soloist, Aimee performed under the baton of the late Maestro Oscar Yatco with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, and also with the PhilBanda Wind Orchestra at the Singapore International Band Festival. Most recently, she was one of the featured soloists in the “OH-Asian Percussionists” Concert in Chai Wan, Hong Kong.

Alexa Isobel Kaufman is the youngest member of the Philippine Opera Company. Likewise, she is the youngest student of Emeritus Professor of the University of the Philippines College of Music and Gawad CCP Maestra Fides Cuyugan Asensio. She has undergone vocal coaching with National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, tenor Francisco Aseniero and soprano Karla Gutierrez and has attended several Masterclasses by Mr. Nick Lizaso, Mr. Robbie Guevarra, Mr. Ronnie Fortich, Ms. Menchu Lauchengco and Mr. Maynard Peñalosa.

Franz Jensen Andra is currently a scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Ariel Sta. Ana, principal clarinetist of The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He recently won 2nd prize at the First Macao International Clarinet Competition in the 18 years under category. Franz is one of the finalists of the First FilKor Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition and was featured as soloist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in their Family Concert of 2019. At present, Franz is the concert master of the community-based General Trias Youth Symphonic Band, and also a member of the Sta. Cecilia Band 89 of General Trias, Cavite and The Philippine Youth Symphonic Band.

Ticket prices are P1500/1200/800/500/400, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. For inquiries, please call the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704.

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News: Tanghalang Pilipino presents ‘Lam-ang’ into an Ethno-Epic Musical

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Lam-ang takes centerstage this December as Tanghalang Pilipino’s third production for this MAKIDIGMA season (33rd Theater season, 2019-2020). This ethno-epic musical promises to present this oldest folk epic in Luzon with utmost respect for to its purest elements but, with some contemporary innovations in consideration of the sensibilities, level of artistic appreciation and cultural education of our contemporary audiences. Unforgettable songs, movements, dramatic actions and rituals artistically blend the old with the new in this musical.

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Topbilling this production is TV, movie and theater actor JC Santos, a graduate of Theater Arts from University of the Philippines, Diliman. Previous to “Lam-ang”, JC appeared in many stage productions including “Orosman at Zafira,” and “Isang Panaginip na Fili,” He received warmest accolades for his well-received turn as Roland in “Constellations“, which paved the way for him to find a niche in mainstream showbiz.

Lam-ang” marks JC’s stage comeback after years of devoting his time to the small and big screens.

“This is also my first time to bag a lead role in a musical. And, on top of that, this is my first with Tanghalang Pilipino,” adds JC Santos. “I am extremely honored to be part of this production and to work with all these talented artists.”

Also making her Tanghalang Pilipino debut is Anna Luna, who impressed audiences with her performance in the stage and movie versions of “Changing Partners“. Anna plays the beautiful Kannoyan, Lam-ang’s first love.

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“Kannoyan will teach Lam-ang that the power of a lifelong love is far stronger than any loss or victory in a war,” expresses Anna. “I am so honored and grateful for the trust given to me to play this landmark role of Kannoyan.”

Both JC and Anna have lead roles in full-length film entries in this year’s Cinema One Originals Film Festival, JC stars in “Tayo muna habang hindi pa tayo” with Jane Oineza while Anna stars in “O” alongside with Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Lauren Young. The films are shown in cinemas last October.

Respected stage veteran Tex Ordoñez-de Leon, former resident actor of Tanghalang Pilipino, lends her powerful voice to Baglan. Tex, a prolific stage actress, once recorded a duet with Gary Valenciano.

JC, Anna, Tex are joined by a host of the most versatile young stage actors in the country, including Lance Reblando, Alvin Maghanoy, Hazel Maranan, Remus Villanueva, Paw Castillo, Joshua Cabiladas, Raflesia Bravo, Alys Serdenia, Miah Canton, Rapah Manalo, VJ Cortel, Gry Gimena, Gabo Tolentino, Francis Gatmaytan, and the members of the multi-awarded Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company – Jonathan Tadioan, Ybes Bagadiong, JV Ibesate, Antonette Go and Lhorvie Nuevo.

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The cast and artistic team of Tanghalang Pilipino’s Lam-ang. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

Lam-ang” is an artistic collaboration among the following: Eljay Deldoc (New Book and Dramaturgy); Jen Darlene Torres (Music and Lyrics); Fitz Edward Torres Bitana (Director); Marco Viaña (Director and Set Designer).
Torres is also the composer of songs with TJ Ramos as musical director and sound designer; with JM Cabling as choreographer. The costume designer is Bonsai Cielo and the Lighting designer is Meliton Roxas Jr.

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(From L-R) Marco Viaña, Eljay Deldoc and Fitz Bitana. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

Lam-ang” runs from December 6 to 15, 2019 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office, Ticketworld, Ticket 2 Me, Blimo and the Tanghalang Pilipino office.

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