Oliver Oliveros News

by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2014

So how do you sell a show that was conceived and first staged more than 50 years ago--an opera at that --to a younger audience who probably haven't even heard of Verdi, Puccini, or Maria Callas? The much-awaited return of the Filipino stage classic seems to be tackling just that. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE OPERA Manila
by Oliver Oliveros - Sep 12, 2014

The long awaited return of the country's first full-length grand opera NOLI ME TANGERE (this opera was last seen in Manila 27 years ago), inspired by José Rizal's 1887 classic romantic novel 'Noli Me Tángere' ('Touch Me Not'), featuring music by National Artist Felipe de Leon and libretto by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino, held its gala performance at a nearly packed house of 1,500 theatergoers at Resorts World Manila's Newport Performing Arts Theater last night. (more...)

Reflections: THE LAST 5 YEARS, Starring Nikki Gil, Joaquin Valdes
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

The first time I heard 'Still Hurting,' the first song in the hit Off-Broadway musical THE LAST 5 YEARS, I knew it was going to be one of my favorite heartbreak songs. I also had the chance to listen to the other songs written by Jason Robert Brown for THE LAST 5 YEARS; however, I still felt the strongest connection to 'Still Hurting.' It is a sad song, but once in a while the company of a sad song is well appreciated. (more...)

First Look at THE LAST 5 YEARS, Starring Nikki Gil, Joaquin Valdes
by Oliver Oliveros - Aug 08, 2014

Members of the press got the first glimpse at 9 Works Theatrical's fifth anniversary offering, Jason Robert Brown's hit Off-Broadway musical and two-hander THE LAST 5 YEARS, starring one of the theater company's favorite leading ladies, Nikki Gil, and Joaquin Valdes, last night at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City. Directed by Robbie Guevara, the production opens tonight, August 9. (more...)

Exclusive First Look at FILIPINAS 1941 by Philippine Stagers Foundation
by Oliver Oliveros - Jul 15, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com brings you a first glimpse at the Commission of Higher Education (CHED)-endorsed new original musical in Tagalog FILIPINAS 1941: Isang Dulayawit, produced by the prolific, commercially successful grassroots theater company Philippine Stagers Foundation ('Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela,' 'Cory ng EDSA'). (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 7/12-7/13/2014
by - Jul 13, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Sunday, July 13, 2014. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Special Coverage: SUMMER STAGES - Our Picks for Summer's Best Around the World!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 23, 2014

As the summer days near, BroadwayWorld rounded up our worldwide community - from Australia to Spain, California and beyond! - to bring you our top picks for the best of summer theater in each of our main markets! Looking for the best of the summer venue and production offerings in your area? Let's hear from a sampling of the BroadwayWorld experts! (more...)

STOMP (Reboot) Returns to Manila Next Week, 6/17-22
by Rocky Christopher Fajardo - Jun 11, 2014

With the people behind STOMP already having a general idea on how Filipino audiences respond to the show's unique theatricality--based on how it had wowed audiences in its first run at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in 2011--perhaps the biggest surprise that awaits STOMP's impending return to the CCP from Tuesday, June 17, to Sunday, June 22, is how having a Filipino-American cast member Andres Fernandez would draw in a novel kind of enthusiasm from his fellow Pinoys. (more...)

apl.de.ap, Pomeranz, Julaton to Join Philippine Independence Day Celebration in NYC, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

The Black Eyed Peas Co-Founder apl.de.ap; multi-platinum award-winning recording artist David Pomeranz; and boxing, mixed martial arts superstar Ana Julaton, among others are set to join First Filipina Miss World Megan Young; Original Philippine Music (OPM) icons Kuh Ledesma, Cecile Azarcon, Edlyn Peregrina, Lirio Vital, and Ogie Alcasid; First Filipina Carnaval Queen in Brazil Bessie Badilla; Grand Marshals Drs. Emilio and Felicisima Quines; and nearly 200 Filipino American organizations in the festive parade. (more...)

Robert Scott Wilson Debuts on DAYS OF OUR LIVES Today, 5/22
by Oliver Oliveros - May 22, 2014

Robert Scott Wilson or Rob Wilson, erstwhile Peter 'Pete' Courtlandt on ABC's daytime soap 'All My Children' and the first-ever male model on CBS' longtime game show 'The Price is Right,' is set to debut as Ben Rogers in the Daytime Emmy Award-winning soap Days of our Lives today, 1 p.m., on NBC. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 5/17-5/18/2014
by - May 18, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, May 18, 2014 - Sunday, May 18, 2014. (more...)

A NEW YORK LOVE STORY With Courtney Reed Premieres at SOHO Int'l Film Fest Tonight, 5/18
by Oliver Oliveros - May 18, 2014

Apolla Enchino's erotic drama 'A New York Love Story' will have its world premiere at SOHO International Film Festival at Village East Cinemas (189 12th St. and 2nd Ave.) tonight, 9:15 p.m. The film stars Enchino, Richard Short, Siobhan Flynn, Miguel Pinzon, and ALADDIN on Broadway's Princess Jasmine, Courtney Reed. For tickets, check it out HERE. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Heights Players' WEST SIDE STORY; Show Runs Thru 5/25
by Oliver Oliveros - May 17, 2014

The Heights Players ('Yentl,' 'Doubt'), a not-for-profit theater company based in Brooklyn, closes its 58th season with the seminal theatrical piece WEST SIDE STORY, which features book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and original direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Thomas N. Tyler ('A Chorus Line,' 'Finian's Rainbow') directs this production, which runs until Sunday, May 25, at 26 Willow Place, Brooklyn, N.Y. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Rachelle Ann Go Sings Scott Alan's AND THERE IT IS
by Oliver Oliveros - May 16, 2014

The 25th anniversary production of MISS SAIGON's Gigi Van Tranh, Rachelle Ann Go ('Little Mermaid,' 'Tarzan'), made a surprise appearance singing 'And There It Is,' written and composed by Scott Alan ('Detour in Los Angeles,' 'Home'), at the celebrated musical theater composer's Wednesday night (May 13) concert at Hippodrome Casino-London. On stage, playing the piano, Scott performed at the Hippodrome for four consecutive evenings from Tuesday, May 13, to Friday, May 16. (more...)

Festive Parade Awaits Madison Avenue for Philippine Independence Day, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

First Filipina Miss World Megan Young; Original Philippine Music (OPM) Icons Kuh Ledesma, Cecile Azarcon, Edlyn Peregrina, and Ogie Alcasid; First Filipina Carnaval Queen in Brazil Bessie Badilla; Grand Marshals Drs. Emilio and Felicisima Quines; and Nearly 200 Filipino American Organizations to Lead Annual Festive Parade (more...)

Photo Coverage: Resorts World Manila's PRISCILLA Takes Opening Night Bows
by Jory Rivera - May 11, 2014

Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott's PRISCILLA , QUEEN OF THE DESERT, based on the 1994 sleeper hit 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,' is Resorts World Manila's (RWM) fifth theatrical production right on the heels of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Cinderella.' The production, helmed by Jaime del Mundo ('The Producers'), opened Friday, May 9, at Newport Performing Arts Theatre. (more...)

NAAP Presents OLIVER!, Starring An All-Asian Cast, 6/5-7
by Oliver Oliveros - May 10, 2014

True to its core mission of showcasing the talents of Asian-American theater artists, National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), which presented the Broadway musical 'Hello, Dolly!' last year, is now facing the challenge of staging Lionel Bart's beloved Broadway musical OLIVER!, featuring a 65-member all-Asian cast made up of 20 child actors, including Bonale Zon Fambrini, who will play the title role; 25 professional adult actors; and 20 members of the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus. (more...)

Just Released: Official Photo of Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi Van Tranh
by Oliver Oliveros - May 08, 2014

The social media team behind the 25th anniversary production of MISS SAIGON, currently in previews at Prince Edward Theatre (28 Old Compton St.), and Australian-born photographer Michael Le Poer Trench, who has been photographing the sung-through musical since its early years, have officially released the promotional photograph of multi-award winning recording artist-musical theater actress Rachelle Ann Go for MISS SAIGON. (more...)

Photo Flash: John Cudia, Michael James Scott Lead Young At Arts Benefit
by Oliver Oliveros - May 07, 2014

Broadway stars John Cudia ('Phantom of the Opera,' 'Les Miserables'), Michael James Scott ('Book of Mormon,' Disney's 'Aladdin'), Kathy Voytko ('Nine,' 'Oklahoma!'), Raymond Jaramillo McLeod ('Jekyll and Hyde'), and Q. Smith (Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's 'Mary Poppins') banded together, alongside Broadway's veteran musicians Charles and Annbrit duChateau ('Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark,' Disney's 'Aladdin,' respectively), Dave Phillips ('Book of Mormon'), and Charles Descarfino ('Elf,' 'Porgy and Bess'), to raise funds for the Young At Arts' scholarship program Monday, April 28, at Christ Church Bronxville. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Original Philippine Music Concert at Symphony Space
by Oliver Oliveros - May 02, 2014

Synergy Production and Marketing Inc., founded by husband and wife team Ronald and Grace Labaguis, to promote emerging Filipino-American artists and performers in the East Coast, successfully wrapped up its maiden project, a concert billed as 'An Evening of Original Philippine Music with Cecile Azarcon and Sounds of Manila,' featuring musical direction by Lorrie Ilustre, held Sunday, April 27, at Symphony Space on 95th Street and Broadway. (more...)

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