Oliver Oliveros News

Manhattan Shakespeare Project Celebrates the Bard's 450th Birthday, 4/20
by Oliver Oliveros - Apr 15, 2014

Manhattan Shakespeare Project (MSP), an all-female Shakespeare theater company, will celebrate its 'patron saint' William Shakespeare's 450th birthday by blowing out birthday candles and reading bawdy writings penned by the master playwright at The Thirst Fan Bar (254 W 31st St.) on Sunday, April 20, at 7 p.m. (more...)

Maroulis, Reed Join UNSELFIE to Help Abandoned Kids
by Oliver Oliveros - Apr 11, 2014

Tony Award nominated rock star Constantine Maroulis (“Rock of Ages,' 'Jekyll and Hyde') and former “Rock of Ages” co-star Angel Reed have joined showband singer-graphic novelist Arnel Arcedo's UNSELFIE campaign to raise funds for 13-year-old John Carlo Zaparita and his siblings, Angelo, 11, and Adrian, 6. (more...)

First Listen: THE VOICE Winner HARRISON CRAIG's Latest Album
by Oliver Oliveros - Apr 10, 2014

Remember then 18-year-old contestant on “The Voice Australia” Season Two who stuttered when talking, but would command your attention once he began singing Josh Groban's “Broken Vow”? Melbourne-bred Harrison Craig, now 19, coached by soul and R&B singer Seal, went on to win the title of “The Voice Australia,” and is set to release today, Friday, April 11, his second album titled L.O.V.E., produced by Universal Music Australia. (more...)

Join GANTIMPALA THEATER Summer Workshops, 4/21-5/24
by Oliver Oliveros - Apr 06, 2014

Before I entered college at De La Salle University-Manila in 1991, I attended my first musical theater workshops with GANTIMPALA THEATER in Manila: the first one was with actor-director Roobak Valle, our workshop facilitator; we did an original musical titled 'Dormitoryo: 24 Oras'; the second one was with Mr. Valle again (I was one of his assistant facilitators at that time); we did Don delos Reyes' 'Bien Aligtad.' Both musical theater workshops were so much fun. We--the participants-had seemingly incurable withdrawal symptoms at the end of the summer. (more...)

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA Meets the Press; Show Opens 5/9
by Jory Rivera - Apr 04, 2014

The main cast of the Philippine premiere of Sydney-London's West End-Broadway musical PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT: Leo Tavarro Valdez (Tick/Mitzi), Jon Santos (Bernadette), Red Concepcion (Adam, Felicia), Michael Williams (Miss Understanding), Bituin Escalante (Diva), Lani Ligot (Diva), Timmy Canlas (Diva), and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Marion), donned for the first time their '80s retro costumes, mainly designed by Edgar San Diego, before the members of the press Thursday, April 3, at Taps, Genting Club, Maxims Hotel. (more...)

ACTORS PRO EXPO Debuts in NY, 4/26
by Oliver Oliveros - Apr 03, 2014

The actors' convention ACTORS PRO EXPO, billed as 'Surviving Actors Expo' in the United Kingdom, will make its US debut at The Radisson Martinique on Broadway (49 W 32nd St.) on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrepreneur actress Felicity Jackson, best known for her appearance on BBC's 'The Apprentice' Series 7, founded Surviving Actors in 2009 to aid working actors by holding trade shows. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Rep Presents NOISES OFF; Show Runs Till 4/27
by Jory Rivera - Mar 31, 2014

Michael Frayn's outrageously funny three-act play NOISES OFF is now playing at Repertory Philippines (Rep), the country's premier English-language theater company behind recent hits 'August: Osage County' and 'Wait Until Dark.' (more...)

WE WILL ROCK YOU Plays Warner Theatre With New Song, 6/3-8
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 31, 2014

Queen and Ben Elton's smash musical WE WILL ROCK YOU, built around 24 of British rock group Queen's biggest hits, including 'Another One Bites The Dust,' 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love,' 'We Are The Champions,' 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' and 'We Will Rock You,' opens at the Warner Theatre (513 13th Street NW) on Tuesday, June 3, and will run eight performances until Sunday, June 8. For tickets ($55-75), visit ticketmaster.com or warnertheatredc.com. (more...)

Theater Fans Petition to Bring LES MISERABLES to Manila
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 27, 2014

In August last year, about 700 Filipino theater fans' Facebook-based petition to bring the smash Broadway musical 'Wicked' to Manila was deemed successful; the 'Ozian' stage spectacle opened at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) five months later, which ran 42 performances. Apparently, these fans are at it again: a newly created Facebook-based petition page to bring the critically-acclaimed reimagined production of Sir Cameron Mackintosh's LES MISERABLES to Manila is up and running--engaging every visitor to like its cause! (more...)

City Colleges of Chicago Stages Chad Beckim's AFTER., 3/26-4/5
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 25, 2014

Loop Players of Harold Washington College, which is part of the City Colleges of Chicago, the largest community college system in Illinois, will present New York-based playwright Chad Beckim's critically acclaimed drama AFTER. from tomorrow, March 26 to Saturday, April 5, at Room 103, Washington Hall, Harold Washington College (30 E Lake Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the Cast of Rep's NOISES OFF; Show Opens 3/28
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 19, 2014

Michael Frayn's outrageously funny three-act play NOISES OFF is next on the agenda of Repertory Philippines (Rep), the country's premier English-language theater company behind recent hits "August: Osage County" and "Wait Until Dark." (more...)

Spiral Theatre, Skipper Celebrate Sondra Lee, 3/25
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 18, 2014

The Spiral Theatre and Richard Skipper celebrate the nearly 50-year career of Broadway's legendary actress Sondra Lee ('High Button Shoes,' 'Peter Pan') at the Spiral Theatre (242 W 36th St.) on Tuesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 845-365-0720. (more...)

Young at Arts Presents ONE FALSE MOVE, MARTIN'S LIE Today, 3/14
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 14, 2014

Young at Arts, a nonprofit organization that provides an outstanding music and theater education to a diverse group of young people from Southern Westchester County and The Bronx, presents an operatic twin bill of Susan Kander's ONE FALSE MOVE and Gian Carlo Menotti's MARTIN'S LIE today, March 14, 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Bronxville (17 Sagamore Road). (more...)

Win A Pair of Tickets to AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, 3/15
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 12, 2014

Show partners Repertory Philippines (Rep) and BroadwayWorld.com (BWW) are giving away a pair of tickets to the former's production of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY on Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m. at Onstage Theatre (2/F Greenbelt One, Ayala Mall, Makati City) (more...)

Photos|Video: WICKED Fans Serenade Australasian Cast on Closing Night
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 10, 2014

While emerald green confetti were slowly falling from midair and soap bubbles floated right near the stage door at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, photographer Jude Ng and videographer JM Ballaran, captured on their cameras on closing night, Sunday, March 9, a large crowd of Filipino fans of WICKED singing in unison one of most famous duets from the musical, 'For Good.' For the fans, it was their 'musical' way of showing how grateful they were for the Australasian touring cast, led by Jemma Rix (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Steve Danielsen (Fiyero), Emily Cascarino (Nessarose), and Edward Grey (Boq), who starred in the sensational seven-week run of WICKED in Manila. (more...)

Review Roundup: COCK by Red Turnip Theater
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 07, 2014

British playwright-director Mike Bartlett's COCK, 'a tense comedy about sexual identity,' which premiered in London in 2009, opened yesterday, March 7, at event venue Whitespace (2314 Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City). COCK, directed by Rem Zamora--his directorial debut-- is the second offering of new theater company Red Turnip Theater. The show runs until Sunday, April 6. (more...)

Photo Exclusive: 9 Works Theatrical Holds Auditions for LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by Jude Cartalaba - Mar 05, 2014

9 Works Theatrical ('Grease,' 'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown') held its first batch of auditions for its upcoming production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Opera Haus in Makati City last week. 42 dancers and 16 theater actors--who can dance--showed up at the auditions. (more...)

Win A Pair of Tickets to RAK OF AEGIS, 3/8
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 03, 2014

Show partners Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and BroadwayWorld.com (BWW) are giving away a pair of tickets to the new musical comedy RAK OF AEGIS on Saturday, March 8, 3:00 p.m. at PETA Theatre Center (No.5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City). (more...)

Review Roundup: MGA AMA, MGA ANAK by Tanghalang Pilipino
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 02, 2014

Tanghalang Pilipino, the official theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), closes its 27th theater season with the revival of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin's 1977 three-act play MGA AMA, MGA ANAK, at the CCP's Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre) running now until Sunday, March 9. (more...)

Review Roundup: RAK OF AEGIS by PETA
by Oliver Oliveros - Feb 21, 2014

Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), the group behind recent theatrical hits 'Care Divas' and 'Bona,' is back with a new musical comedy, 'Rak of Aegis,' which features the music catalog of multi-platinum rock band Aegis--musically rearranged for the stage by actor-musician Myke Salomon. (more...)

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