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BWW Review: Ateneo Blue Repertory's 'Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady' BWW Review: Ateneo Blue Repertory's 'Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady'
by Vince Vicentuan - April 30, 2017

Ateneo Blue Repertory's take on "Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady" is downright engaging: a no-dull-moment rollick of riot and fun. Where most comedy musicals fail, this two-hour comedy does not lollygag in its intent to entertain nonstop, and we have the millennials' boundless energy and raw tale... (more...)
BWW Review: REP Scores a Stunning Winner With IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY BWW Review: REP Scores a Stunning Winner With IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY
by Robert Encila - April 01, 2017

Sara Ruhl is arguably the most inventive young playwright to emerge in recent years. Exploiting a genre that thrives on the fringes, she graces the mainstream with narratives that fuse realism and sundry whimsical elements. She has a shrewd sense of humor to boot, demonstrated in her 2009 Broadway h... (more...)
BWW Review: Is Agnes a Sinner or Saint? BWW Review: Is Agnes a Sinner or Saint?
by Jude Cartalaba - March 04, 2017

Repertory Philippines' (Rep) current production of 'Agnes of God,' a play by American playwright John Pielmeier, tells the story of a novice nun who has borne a child believed to be a product of a virgin birth.... (more...)
BWW Review: WICKED is a Concoction of Memorable Music, Visual Treat BWW Review: WICKED is a Concoction of Memorable Music, Visual Treat
by Vince Vicentuan - February 20, 2017

The much-anticipated return of WICKED did not fail to generate the buzz and crowd it was expected to. The throng that trooped to The Theatre at Solaire on February 8 was proof that this hit Broadway musical indeed has a Manila cult following, some of whom wickedly garbed in celebratory costumes, mos... (more...)
BWW Review: NOLI ME TANGERE, The Opera Goes For A Grand Staging BWW Review: NOLI ME TANGERE, The Opera Goes For A Grand Staging
by Jude Buot - February 01, 2017

60 years after its original run in Manila, 'Noli Me Tangere, the Opera' is back for a limited engagement at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Hall. The show's producers, Jerry Sibal (also the show's director) and Edwin Josue, Filipinos both based in the United States, are going all o... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Succeeds in Finding The Heart of The Show BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Succeeds in Finding The Heart of The Show
by Jude Buot - December 22, 2016

Almost everyone loves Christmas. Almost, since there is The Grinch and an old fellow named Ebenezer Scrooge. The latter is the main character in Charles Dickens' novel titled 'A Christmas Carol.' His story is quite popular, not just among literature fans, because it served as inspiration to some TV ... (more...)
BWW Review: Ballet Meets '70s Disco Pop BWW Review: Ballet Meets '70s Disco Pop
by Robert Encila - December 05, 2016

It's no fluke that Ballet Philippines' 47th season is titled 'Wings.' In its latest display of creativity, the company dazzles with a unique production and exhibits the intrepid capacity for flight away from convention.... (more...)
BWW Review: RWM Presents ANNIE; Show Closes 12/11 BWW Review: RWM Presents ANNIE; Show Closes 12/11
by Jared Echevarria - December 04, 2016

The plucky red-haired girl that conquered our hearts so many times over has finally returned to town as Resorts World Manila's (RWM) production of Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse's ANNIE continues to play the Newport Performing Arts Theatre until December 11.... (more...)
BWW Review: REP's 'A Little Princess' Pulls Out All The Stops BWW Review: REP's 'A Little Princess' Pulls Out All The Stops
by Robert Encila - November 29, 2016

Repertory Philippines' (REP) 49th season culminates with a musical adaptation of A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1905 children's novel. Just in time for the holidays, REP's offering comes in a mixed bag of splendor and disenchantment.... (more...)
BWW Review: International Premiere of FUN HOME, Starring Lea Salonga, Eric Kunze BWW Review: International Premiere of FUN HOME, Starring Lea Salonga, Eric Kunze
by Vince Vicentuan - November 16, 2016

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group's (ATEG) Manila production of the 2015 Tony© Best Musical FUN HOME opens and unravels with no fanfare: a minimalist set, a meager ensemble of ten actors, musical numbers that do not play to spectacular choreography and exploding lights, and a venue so small th... (more...)
BWW Review: Philstagers' KATIPS is a Must Watch For The Millennials BWW Review: Philstagers' KATIPS is a Must Watch For The Millennials
by Jude Buot - October 26, 2016

'I'm Martial Law ready.' This was one of the Facebook posts that prompted Vincent Tañada to write 'Katips: Ang Mga Bagong Katipunero.' In a speech he gave right after the curtain call last October 16, Tañada (who also directs the show and is one of the lead actors) confessed that this musical is int... (more...)
BWW Review: TICK, TICK...BOOM! Challenging Conventions BWW Review: TICK, TICK...BOOM! Challenging Conventions
by Meeko Angela Camba - October 16, 2016

Life is like an unwavering deadline and growing up is a ticking bomb.... (more...)
BWW Review: Catch The 'Jersey Boys' While You Can BWW Review: Catch The 'Jersey Boys' While You Can
by BWW Staff - September 26, 2016

To call JERSEY BOYS a 'jukebox musical' is downright myopic, as underneath the musical's cotton-candy pop hits lies a piercing story of ambition, love, drugs, sex, greed, failures, triumphs, and yes, family values. However, it would take more than a fanatic mind to look beyond those monster hits to ... (more...)
BWW Review: BLUE MAN GROUP is Extraordinarily Thrilling! BWW Review: BLUE MAN GROUP is Extraordinarily Thrilling!
by BWW Staff - September 23, 2016

If you're into something different, catchy, and exciting, the performance of the BLUE MAN GROUP, which closes its limited engagement at The Theatre at Solaire (Solaire Resort and Casino, Paranaque City) on Sunday, September 25, will ideally fit your definition of 'total entertainment.' Founded in 19... (more...)
BWW Review: Red Turnip Theater Stages Nina Raine's TRIBES BWW Review: Red Turnip Theater Stages Nina Raine's TRIBES
by Jude Cartalaba - August 30, 2016

In its fourth year, theater company Red Turnip Theater, via Nina Raine's comedy-drama "Tribes," has proven time and again its top-notch quality.... (more...)
BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT at Globe Iconic Store BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT at Globe Iconic Store
by BWW Staff - July 02, 2016

Live theater in the Philippines has entered a new dawn. The Globe Iconic Store in the busy Bonifacio High Street is now home of a humongous open-air theatre--complete with video boards--aimed to reach out to new theater audiences in the metro, which telco company Globe calls 'accidental theater.' Fo... (more...)
BWW Review: The Bible Preaches, But GODSPELL Asks BWW Review: The Bible Preaches, But GODSPELL Asks
by BWW Staff - June 22, 2016

If you're expecting to find your corner of the sky, you will not. Just because this is a Stephen Schwartz musical does not mean there will be someone painting with all the colors of the wind, nor will there be any gravity-defying witches, nor a hunchback. Yes, this is a Bible story, but do not exp... (more...)
BWW Review: #popepular Thinks Global, Acts Local BWW Review: #popepular Thinks Global, Acts Local
by BWW News Desk - March 31, 2016

To think globally and act locally in the current age of globalization might seem a little bit of a cliche; 'but it's far less common for [global] companies to really get it right because it's not just about [having] a local language website,' says The Economist. 'It means being where your customer i... (more...)
BWW Review: Reimagined LES MISERABLES Asian/International Tour BWW Review: Reimagined LES MISERABLES Asian/International Tour
by BWW Staff - March 20, 2016

LES MISERABLES stirred a musical maelstrom in Manila last Wednesday (March 16), and is poised to win audinces over via a memorable theatrical experience. At the heart of its seamless and dynamic storytelling beats a conscience that rouses, provokes, mangles, and transforms souls: a singular man's s... (more...)
BWW Review: LA FAMILIA PERATEDES, Based on Lorca's 'The House of Bernarda Alba' BWW Review: LA FAMILIA PERATEDES, Based on Lorca's 'The House of Bernarda Alba'
by BWW Staff - March 13, 2016

Family is a serious matter for Filipinos; it's something personal, sensitive, and private. To have it as a central theme for a play is seldom traversed, and if so, it's done with prudence. In the current restaging of Victorio Concepcion's LA FAMILIA PERATEDES, a play in Tagalog based on Federico Gar... (more...)
BWW Review: CONSTELLATIONS by Red Turnip Theater BWW Review: CONSTELLATIONS by Red Turnip Theater
by BWW Staff - March 06, 2016

Nick Payne's CONSTELLATIONS has its flaws, but the humble ambition of this play, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre's Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in London in 2012, delivers beyond what you expect. It's simply quantum mechanics--full of philosophical consequences and interpretations. It will ... (more...)
BWW Review: 50 SHADES! The Musical Parody; Show Extends Until 3/20 BWW Review: 50 SHADES! The Musical Parody; Show Extends Until 3/20
by BWW Staff - February 25, 2016

If reading the book and watching the movie 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is not enough, watching Off-Broadway's 50 SHADES! The Musical Parody will surely cap off your personal urges.... (more...)
Photo & Video: LES MIS Asian Tour Cast Preview 'Finale' Photo & Video: LES MIS Asian Tour Cast Preview 'Finale'
by Jory Rivera - February 21, 2016

Yesterday, select members of the press, including BroadwayWorld.com, were invited to a 'vocals only' rehearsal of Cameron Mackintosh's reimagined production of popular musical LES MISERABLES (LES MIS), which is embarking on its first Asian Tour (Manila: March 11 to April 17 at The Theatre at Solaire... (more...)
Video: LES MIS Asian Tour Cast Preview 'One Day More' Video: LES MIS Asian Tour Cast Preview 'One Day More'
by Jory Rivera - February 20, 2016

Earlier today, select members of the press, including BroadwayWorld.com, were invited to a 'vocals only' rehearsal of Cameron Mackintosh's reimagined production of popular musical LES MISERABLES (LES MIS), which is embarking on its first Asian Tour (Manila: March 11 to April 17 at The Theatre at Sol... (more...)
Reflection: A Look Back at Philippine Theater in 2015 Reflection: A Look Back at Philippine Theater in 2015
by BWW News Desk - January 05, 2016

In a time when the Philippines is proving its economic and cultural prowess on the global stage, theater seems to be a good medium to mirror not only the varied tastes of its society but also to develop the level of maturity of art appreciation among its people.... (more...)