Video: Opening Night Gala of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER's Asian Tour

Manila, Philippines--A retro-infused air of anticipation raised the temperature at Solaire Resort and Casino's The Theatre to an all-time fever pitch Friday night (July 3) as media professionals, local and international celebrities, and Philippine Theater VIPs (mixed in with a healthy dose of the most recognizable faces that make up the core network of theater fans in the metro) flocked into SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER opening night gala.

Tony Award- winning Broadway star Lea Salonga--who returns to Broadway in October as Kei Kimura in "Allegiance: A New American Musical" with George Takei and Telly Leung--and Philippine Concert King Martin Nievera were among the international and Philippine entertainment royalties who came out in full swing to support the opening of Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group's (ATEG) "first Filipino-produced musical for the world," directed by multi-award-winning director Bobby Garcia, featuring the scenic design of Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning scenic designer David Gallo ("The Drowsy Chaperone," "Memphis") and choreography by Broadway choreographer Vince Pesce ("Anything Goes," "The Pajama Game").

Channeling Sophia Vergara in an Esmeralda-esque ("Hunchback of Notre Dame") inspired gown, the much-raved about Mikkie Bradshaw--whose searing performance as Annette was ranked in excited whispers as belonging to the top dramatic highlights of the show--was among the first cast members to join the after party which shortly followed the opening night performance.

Brought to Asia by Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group (ATEG), Ten Bridges Media Corporation, and Robert Stigwood Organisation, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, the new Asian Tour, features "Broadway Bares" favorite Brandon Rubendall ("Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark," "Wicked") as Tony Manero, Jenna Rubaii ("American Idiot") as Stephanie Mangano, and Nick Varricchio ("A Chorus Line," "Light in the Piazza") as Double J and Tony understudy.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER also features a multinational cast that fuses together Broadway stars with homegrown Filipino talents such as Bibo Reyes (Bobby C), Jamie Wilson (Monty and Frank Manero), Rafa Siguion-Reyna (Frank Manero Jr.), and Carla Guevara-Laforteza (Flo Manero and Club Singer), among others.

For tickets, call ATEG at (632) 650-51-44 or (63917) 838-15-34; or visit TicketWorld at

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