Robbie Guevara News

STAGE TUBE: THE LAST 5 YEARS' Nikki Gil, Joaquin Valdes in Action
by Oliver Oliveros - Aug 22, 2014

9 Works Theatrical, whose fifth anniversary offering is playfully tied up with a new production of Jason Robert Brown's cult two-hander musical THE LAST 5 YEARS, has just released a short-video feature showing actors Nikki Gil, who plays Cathy Hiatt, a struggling theater actress, and Joaquin Valdes, who plays Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, perform excerpts from the musical on stage Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium at RCBC Plaza in Makati City. (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: Nikki Gil, Joaquin Valdes Chat THE LAST FIVE YEARS
by Jude Cartalaba - Aug 07, 2014

In its fifth year, 9 Works Theatrical brings together the first-time tandem of Nikki Gil ('Sweet Charity,' 'They're Playing Our Song') and Joaquin Valdes ('Red,' 'Into the Woods'), playing the beloved couple featured in Jason Robert Brown's ('The Bridges of Madison County,' 'Parade') cult musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS. The production, directed by Robbie Guevara ('Grease,' 'They're Playing Our Song'), runs from Saturday, August 9, until Sunday, August 31, at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City. (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 WAIT UNTIL DARK, 2/9
by Oliver Oliveros - Feb 06, 2014

Show partners Repertory Philippines and BroadwayWorld.com are giving away a pair of tickets to WAIT UNTIL DARK's closing performance on Sunday, February 9, 3:30 p.m. at Onstage Theatre, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. (more...)

Photo Flash: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? Concert in Manila
by Oliver Oliveros - Feb 01, 2014

'DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? is a concert celebration of the musical genius of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. It is an unexpectedly moving tribute to the universal appeal of their collaborations, and shows how LES MISERABLES in particular has impacted people all around the world.' - BroadwayWorld.com (more...)

Review Roundup: WAIT UNTIL DARK by Repertory Philippines
by Oliver Oliveros - Jan 28, 2014

Approaching its third weekend at Onstage Theatre, Rep's staging of the 2003 London revival version of Frederick Knott's 1966 classic thriller, 'Wait Until Dark,' which was originally set in Greenwich Village, New York (The London revival was set in Notting Hill), has been reaping generally favorable reviews. (more...)

Photo Coverage: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? in Manila Meets the Press
by Oliver Oliveros - Jan 22, 2014

DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? international concert tour headliner Lea Salonga ("Les Miserables"), sans the show's other two lead stars David Harris ("Legally Blonde") and Marie Zamora ("Les Miserables"), met with the press yesterday, January 22, at Maxims Hotel at Resorts World Manila. Instead, Salonga was joined by the new additions to the cast Jon Joven ("Miss Saigon"), Leo Tavarro Valdez ("Miss Saigon"), Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo ("Miss Saigon"), and Carla Guevara Laforteza ("Miss Saigon") who will perform with Salonga, Harris, and Zamora in the Manila leg of the concert set Wednesday, January 29, and Thursday, January 30, at 8 p.m. at Resorts World Manila's Newport Performing Arts Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: WAIT UNTIL DARK by Repertory Philippines
by Oliver Oliveros - Jan 18, 2014

Two local productions have officially opened another busy year for Philippine Theater: One is that of 4th Wall Theater Company's Cultural Center of the Philippines transfer of its original musical, 'Rivalry'; the other is Rep's staging of the 2003 London revival version of Frederick Knott's 1966 classic thriller, 'Wait Until Dark,' which was originally set in Greenwich Village, New York. The London revival was set in Notting Hill. (more...)

Frederick Knott's WAIT UNTIL DARK Opens in Manila, 1/17
by Oliver Oliveros - Jan 04, 2014

Classic thriller 'Wait Until Dark,' which premiered on Broadway in 1966, will open Repertory Philippines' (Rep) 2014 theater season starting Friday, January 17 at Onstage Theatre, Greenbelt 1 in Makati City. 'Wait Until Dark' is one of the few plays penned by English playwright-screenwriter Frederick Knott, best known for his 1952 television play, 'Dial M for Murder.' (more...)

CHEERS! More than 40 New Year's Wishes from Filipino Theater People
by Jeffrey Aguiman - Dec 30, 2013

It has been a tough year for us, Filipinos, but we were able to rise above the challenges and showed the world how strong and resilient we are. We wish that for the coming new year our hearts be filled with love and compassion for everyone. BroadwayWorld.com has recently surveyed some of our friends in the Philippine theater industry about their New Year's wishes! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of GREASE; Show Runs 11/9-12/1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2013

9 Works Theatrical is staging the 1971 musical "Grease," one of the world's most popular and beloved musicals, at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City from Saturday, November 9 until Today, December 1. (more...)

BroadwayWorld.com Announces Annual Theater Awards Nominees from the Philippines
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2013

BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theater site on the Internet covering Broadway, London's West End, and beyond to 100 U.S. cities and 30 countries worldwide, and whose contents are catalogued in the Library of Congress, has recently announced its annual theater awards nominees from more than 50 regional markets across the globe, including the Philippines. (more...)

GREASE to Raise Funds for Supertyphoon Haiyan Victims, 12/1
by Oliver Oliveros - Nov 13, 2013

50% of the proceeds from tickets sold from yesterday, November 12 to Sunday, November 17 for the closing performance of 9 Works Theatrical's latest production of '50s rock 'n' roll musical 'Grease' on Sunday, December 1, at 8 p.m. will be donated to supertyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda) victims in central Philippines. (more...)

Review Roundup: GREASE by 9 Works Theatrical
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2013

9 Works Theatrical is staging the 1971 musical 'Grease,' one of the world's most popular and beloved musicals, at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City until Sunday, December 1. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of GREASE; Show Runs 11/9-12/1
by Jude Cartalaba - Nov 07, 2013

9 Works Theatrical is staging the 1971 musical "Grease," one of the world's most popular and beloved musicals, at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City from Saturday, November 9 until Sunday, December 1. (more...)

IBALONG, D'WONDER TWINS OF BOAC Lead Philstage Gawad Buhay! 1st/2nd-quarter Citations
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2013

Tanghalang Pilipino's "Ibalong," a dance-musical reimagining of the Bicolano epic, topped the 1st/2nd-quarter citations of the 2013 Gawad Buhay!, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, with 15 citations in the performance and technical categories. (more...)

THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG Meets the Press; Show Runs 2/8-3/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 02, 2013

Love is in the air; and 9 Works Theatrical is ready to woo audiences with several evenings of music, laughter, and romance as the theater company presents the hit Broadway musical "They're Playing Our Song" (TPOS) at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in Makati City from Friday, February 8 to Today, March 3. (more...)

BWW Interviews: THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG's Joseph Tolentino & Gemini Quintos
by Oliver Oliveros - Feb 13, 2013

Apart from the first pairing up of actors Nikki Gil and Lorenz Martinez, another interesting aspect of 9 Works Theatrical's (9WT) latest stage production, the classic Broadway musical 'They're Playing Our Song,' is the artistic contribution of Joseph Tolentino, musical director, and Gemini Quintos, choreographer. (more...)

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