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Review: TWENTY QUESTIONS, 20 Years Later

by Oliver Oliveros - May 25, 2023

If you were to stage a 20-year-old two-hander post-pandemic, it’d be a smart move to update its directorial decisions and the script’s words and dialogues, especially with the play’s themes about young love, pre-marital sex, and peer pressure meant to resonate, at the least, with the Gen Zers today....

At Best When There's Singing and Dancing on Screen

by Oliver Oliveros - January 12, 2023

Learning music mogul Clive Davis gave the imprimatur to 'Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody,' the biopic of Davis’s former protegee and the late music icon Whitney Houston, promises topnotch musical sequences, which would not disappoint--even the most critical superfans. ...

Review: Marriage is Not Perfect; It Never Will Be

by Rayne Jarabo - November 29, 2022

Witnessing a postmodern reimagination of a sublime 20th-century Rodgers and Hammerstein musical makes one realize there is a darker, yet more revealing, life’s perspective. In Repertory Philippines’ 'Carousel,' director Toff de Venecia incorporates what we obsess about in this digital age, e.g., mob...

Review: One's Triumph Could be a Saving Grace for Many

by Vince Vicentuan - October 18, 2022

'I Will, the Musical' successfully premiered at the iconic Manila Metropolitan Theater stage on October 14, almost a year after it was filmed at the Music Museum and streamed online in 2021....

Review: Uplifting, Harrowing Tales from Mindanao

by Oliver Oliveros - October 03, 2022

To say 'Anak Datu' is immensely personal and political is an understatement, and the uninitiated ticket buyer could find it rather deceitful at first. Pre-opening, TP’s marketers were masquerading the production as a play with music told in multi-universes than a multi-layered creative protest at th...

MULA SA BUWAN Has Killer Song Hooks, Melodies, and Lyrics

by Oliver Oliveros - August 29, 2022

True to its original form, the zarzuela, 'Mula Sa Buwan,' whose original title 'Cyrano: Isang Sarswela,' fuses songs, dances, romance, and revolutionary overtones, which, in essence, is immensely faithful to its main inspiration, Edmond Rostand’s 1897 French play Cyrano de Bergerac, more specificall...

Review: Nina Campos, with Guest Gerald Santos, In Concert at Pinto Art Museum

by Vince Vicentuan - May 04, 2022

A summer night couldn’t be more propitious: an amphitheatre sitting loftily atop rugged Antipolo terrains adorned with humongous homalomenas, philodendrons, and alocasias growing uninterruptedly, a buzzing crowd of guests gushing over the museum’s Castillan-influenced architecture jutting into the n...

BWW Review: LEA SALONGA at The Music Center at Strathmore

by Elliot Lanes - April 26, 2022

There are very few times in a reviewer’s career where he/she can honestly say they saw a perfect performance. This past weekend at The Music Center at Strathmore international star of stage, screen, and the concert stage Lea Salonga gave a perfect performance. Her Dream Again Tour has a song list t...

'Expanded' WEST SIDE STORY in Philippine Cinemas, Feb. 16

by Oliver Oliveros - February 14, 2022

On Valentine’s week, Steven Spielberg’s first full-length musical film, 'West Side Story,' which recently been nominated for seven Oscar Awards, including this year’s 'Best Picture,' finally screens in Philippine cinemas starting February 16....

BWW Review: ISLAND SONG is Worth the Watch, Amid Streaming Hiccups

by Rayne Jarabo - December 04, 2021

Staging 'Island Song' virtually seems to fit in this pandemic season since live events are currently limited in the Philippines. However, Artremix Productions successfully made it possible to inspire theater enthusiasts and practitioners not to lose hope, as if theater is still alive [physically]. T...


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