Philippines Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE LION KING First International Touring Production Is Goosebump-Inducing Spectacle BWW Review: THE LION KING First International Touring Production Is Goosebump-Inducing Spectacle
by Vince Vicentuan - March 30, 2018

Philippine theater enthusiasts will surely take pride in the Manila kickoff of the first-ever international touring production of Disney's 'The Lion King,' hailed as 'the world's #1 musical.'... (more...)
BWW Review:  I REMEMBER A BOY, A Delightful Trip Down Memory Lane BWW Review: I REMEMBER A BOY, A Delightful Trip Down Memory Lane
by Jude Buot - March 07, 2018

We Filipinos love to sing and, not only that, some even create theme songs to commemorate special memories with friends and loved ones. At the center of Artist Playground's latest offering is a barkada (clique) of six teenagers forced to have a get-together at their favorite bar as requested by one ... (more...)
BWW Review: SILENT SKY Gathers Women With Requisite Blend of Grace and Ferociousness BWW Review: SILENT SKY Gathers Women With Requisite Blend of Grace and Ferociousness
by Robert Encila-Celdran - March 07, 2018

Chalk it up to antiquated gender politics that a woman must shatter a glass ceiling to validate her achievement. Despite a long history of injustice, the establishment is relatively unscathed and rarely accountable.... (more...)
BWW Review: HIMALA: ISANG MUSIKAL Tells Its Story Similar to The Original Film BWW Review: HIMALA: ISANG MUSIKAL Tells Its Story Similar to The Original Film
by Jude Buot - February 25, 2018

Just when we thought a restaging of the musical adaptation of a highly-acclaimed Filipino film could never do wonders, we caught ourselves absolutely in awe of what was offered to us on the February 18 matinee of The Sandbox Collective's comeback musical, 'Himala: Isang Musikal' (its last one was 'D... (more...)
BWW Review: Laugh Your Head Off with REP's A COMEDY OF TENORS BWW Review: Laugh Your Head Off with REP's A COMEDY OF TENORS
by Janine Angela Martinez - February 04, 2018

What do you get when you have mistaken identity and false accusation of infidelity mixed with melodrama, comedy, Italian and Russian accents, seduction, misunderstanding, opera, and Lorenz Martinez shifting from one character to another? Definitely, a hilarious night at the theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: ANG LARAWAN Is Lavish, Absorbing Family Drama BWW Review: ANG LARAWAN Is Lavish, Absorbing Family Drama
by Oliver Oliveros - December 19, 2017

The musical pedigree of Ang Larawan, an official entry to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), traces back to Culturtain Musicat Productions' (formerly Musical Theatre Philippines) 1997 musical adaptation of Nick Joaquin's 1950 landmark play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino. Why such ... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Is Big-Hearted In Many Aspects BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Is Big-Hearted In Many Aspects
by Robert Encila-Celdran - December 16, 2017

If it's true about Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year, Manila's theater fans may add to their list of good tidings a promising new tradition courtesy of Globe LIVE and 9 Works Theatrical.... (more...)
BWW Review: GUGMANG GIATAY: Handomanan sa Usa ka Bisrock nga Awit BWW Review: GUGMANG GIATAY: Handomanan sa Usa ka Bisrock nga Awit
by Jude Buot - November 30, 2017

Uso kaayo karon, labi na sa mga kabatan-onan, ang kining ginatawag nga mga pamalandong bahin sa gugma. Mao nga kining myusikal nga Gugmang Giatay, nga ang dungog namo kay sikat kaayo sa dakbayan sa Sugbu, dali ra kaayo nakapahimuot sa amoa. Kuha kaayo nila ang mga kinaiya sa mga kabatan-onan karon... (more...)
BWW Review: MATILDA Schools 'Em All BWW Review: MATILDA Schools 'Em All
by Vince Vicentuan - November 25, 2017

As far as our fickle adult memory is concerned, there could be very few child roles in major Broadway and West End musicals that captured our hearts: Annie, Oliver, Mary Lennox, and Dorothy. Matilda is the latest welcome addition.... (more...)
BWW Review: To Love HAIR Is An 'Acquired Taste' BWW Review: To Love HAIR Is An 'Acquired Taste'
by Jude Buot - November 20, 2017

It makes perfect sense that Repertory Philippines (REP) chose to end its 50th-anniversary celebrations with the staging of a big musical like Hair. First, the said musical is also commemorating the 50th anniversary of its first staging Off-Broadway. Second, as the musical talks about the dawning o... (more...)
BWW Review: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Dazzles and Charms! BWW Review: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Dazzles and Charms!
by Jude Buot - November 02, 2017

Do not let your unfamiliarity with the 1968 movie stop you from watching Resorts World Manila's newest production, Ian Flemming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In fact, in this case, having very limited knowledge prior to watching the show (we are, of course, aware of the flying car since it is being u... (more...)
BWW Review: MAYNILA, SA MGA KUKO NG LIWANAG (Musical) Provides Social Commentary That Still Rings True BWW Review: MAYNILA, SA MGA KUKO NG LIWANAG (Musical) Provides Social Commentary That Still Rings True
by Jude Buot - October 04, 2017

When the film adaptation of Edgardo Reyes's novel Maynila, sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, helmed by acclaimed director Lino Brocka, was first released, it was praised by critics for its brave and honest depiction of the quality (or lack thereof) of urban life during the Marcos administration. Surprisi... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Makes Your Heart Sing BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Makes Your Heart Sing
by Vince Vicentuan - October 03, 2017

Every generation, past or present, knows what a great musical is: it's one that's so hauntingly memorable, its score and plot reflective of the time or the aspirations of the time. Such is The Sound of Music whose songs and romantic narrative have haunted us to this very day, since its November 16,... (more...)
BWW Review: OBRA NI JUAN Delivers Devastating, Moving Homage to Tragic Hero BWW Review: OBRA NI JUAN Delivers Devastating, Moving Homage to Tragic Hero
by Robert Encila - September 09, 2017

You'd be hard-pressed to find a busier man in the industry than Vince Tanada. Now in his 16th year as the president and founding artistic director of the Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF), he also serves as the company's creative heartbeat--writing and directing productions with a history of reach... (more...)
BWW Review: BLACKBIRD Disturbs, Asks The Most Urgent Questions BWW Review: BLACKBIRD Disturbs, Asks The Most Urgent Questions
by Robert Encila - September 03, 2017

Most of us probably harbor an old skeleton or two, though we see no urgent reason to empty that closet before we can go about our business. Secrets are part of the dubious norm we share.... (more...)
BWW Review: Tale as Old as Time, Retold BWW Review: Tale as Old as Time, Retold
by Emmanuel Evan Alba - September 02, 2017

If you think you will be watching the same 'Beauty and the Beast' movie you've seen recently starring Emma Watson or the version where you heard Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson's voices during the end credits, you're in for a different yet as magical treat.... (more...)
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 CamaƱag 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...)