Philippines Theater Reviews
 


BWW Preview: Artist Playground's HAPPINESS IS A PEARL Gears Up For a Rerun, 8/25-9/17 BWW Preview: Artist Playground's HAPPINESS IS A PEARL Gears Up For a Rerun, 8/25-9/17
by Oliver Oliveros - August 20, 2017

At a press preview, Artist Playground Co-Founders Roeder Camañag and Paul Jake Paule have unveiled their cast that will be featured in their restaging of Rody Vera's 'Happiness is a Pearl,' one of their recent hits.... (more...)
BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY, a Classic Through and Through BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY, a Classic Through and Through
by Vince Vicentuan - August 16, 2017

Touted as "Broadway's greatest dance musical," "West Side Story," the international tour, opened in Manila to a crowd of old and new fans, and the result is both exhilarating and, to some degree, bifurcating.... (more...)
BWW Review: SPAMALOT: Of Knights, Laughs, and Spams BWW Review: SPAMALOT: Of Knights, Laughs, and Spams
by Emmanuel Evan Alba - August 06, 2017

Satisfyingly, the show was a consistent laughtrip from the minute you heard the VO up until the last note. The Fisch Schlapping Song made me laugh like I haven't laughed in ages. I knew then that I was in for a very, very entertaining night.... (more...)
BWW Review: NEWSIES Is Exceptionally Entertaining, Bursting With Raw Energy! BWW Review: NEWSIES Is Exceptionally Entertaining, Bursting With Raw Energy!
by Robert Encila - July 18, 2017

Disney's Newsies is a Tony Award-winning musical derived from the motion picture of the same title. Produced for the first time in Manila, it has commanded the day's headlines and kept a viewing public abuzz with excitement. We can assume Disney's ubiquitous brand had preceded its product, given the... (more...)
BWW Review: Atlantis Has Scored Yet Another Triumph in KINKY BOOTS BWW Review: Atlantis Has Scored Yet Another Triumph in KINKY BOOTS
by Vince Vicentuan - July 12, 2017

The Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Fierstein award-winning musical 'Kinky Boots' has finally strutted into Manila, and if the spontaneous standing ovations and full houses since opening night are any indication, Lola, the indomitable drag queen at the center of the show, could be right--'I came for one thing o... (more...)
BWW Review: SISTER ACT Comes Bearing Gifts of Joyful Noise BWW Review: SISTER ACT Comes Bearing Gifts of Joyful Noise
by Robert Encila - July 02, 2017

Sister Act was a Hollywood blockbuster in the early 1990s, pegged as a family comedy that cashed in on the sheer star power of Whoopi Goldberg. A quarter of a century later, Whoopi remains at the helm--this time as a producer of the Broadway incarnation. While her illustrious charm sells almost ever... (more...)
Review Roundup: KUNG PAANO MAGHIWALAY; Show Closes 6/4 Review Roundup: KUNG PAANO MAGHIWALAY; Show Closes 6/4
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

The Egg Theater Company (ETC), which stages Filipino plays, and theatrical venue Pineapple Lab, present award-winning playwright and ETC co-founder George de Jesus III's 'Kung Paano Maghiwalay,' which tackles the subject of relationships on the brink of breaking up.... (more...)
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...)