If 2018 proved to be a great year for theater fans and production teams alike, 2019 will be just as great, if not even better.
As evident in the year that passed, more people became interested in theater mostly due to how their favorite songs are given a whole new meaning through live performances. For example, who knew that the hits of Aegis, Eraserheads, and Yeng Constantino would be made around such a deep story?
With original presentations, remakes, reopenings, and international tours, The Sunday Times Magazine runs down the exciting shows in the theater scene that continue to tell meaningful stories in artistic ways.
Silent Sky – February 1 to February 10.
After its successful run in March last year, “Silent Sky” will reopen at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium at the RCBC Plaza. The biographical play on the life of Henrietta Levitt aims to inspire women of all ages. Levitt’s story takes place in the 1920s, when she was an astronomer at Harvard College Observatory. Her hard work in the field of mathematics led to the discovery of many other galaxies.
The Phantom of the Opera – February 20 to March 17.
The iconic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber will open in mid-February at the Theater at Solaire as part of the production’s Asian tour. Based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, the story follows the Phantom (Jonathan Roxmouth) of the Paris Opera House and his obsession with a beautiful chorus girl Christine Daae (Meghan Picerno).
Dirty Old Musical – February 22 to March 23.
With topbilling cast composed of Robert Seña, Nonie Buencamino, Jett Pangan, Bo Cerrudo, and Carlo Orosa, “Dirty Old Musical” is back on stage to tell the tale of a fictional band called The Bench Boys who reunite for a one-time concert. Now much older, the group is concerned if they could still perform with their signature charm and skills from way back.
Ang Huling El Bimbo – March 1.
The jukebox musical that made waves with sold-out shows back in July at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, “Ang Huling El Bimbo” reopens on March 1 to tell the story of three friends who look back on their days in college through the classic songs by the Eraserheads.
Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches – March 22 to April 7.
The first part of the Tony Award-winning play will be staged at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza. Set in Manhattan in the 80s, Nelsito Gomez plays the role of Louis Ironson who leaves his partner Prior Walter played by Topper Fabregas when the latter acquires the AIDS virus. The play tackles themes such as addiction, faith, and homosexuality during a conservative time. The eight-man cast also include icons Cherie Gil, Art Acuña and Pinky Amador.
Father’s Day – March 22 to April 14.
Opening at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt, “Father’s Day” is the comedic reunion of a divorced man in the lead played by Miguel Faustmann and his family on Father’s Day. Repertory Philippines co-founder and theater veteran Baby Barredo directs.
The Dresser – May 3 to May 26.
The British drama follows a complicated relationship between a thespian played by Teroy Guzman and his loyal dresser played by Audie Gemora. The play would be brought to life by Loy Arcenas, the same mind who directed “Ang Larawan.”
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – June to July.
This jukebox musical based on the life of Carole King and leads to when she was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens mid-year at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas.
Sweeney Todd – October.
Award-winning “Sweeney Todd” will open in Manila late this year, in time for the musical’s 40th Broadway opening anniversary. Starring Jett Pangan in the title role, the demon barber of Fleet Street murders unsuspecting victims. His partner Mrs. Lovett played by the ever-talented Lea Salonga, bake the bodies into meat pies and sell them to the equally unsuspecting public.
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