During all her concerts, singer Lea Salonga (who provided the singing voice of Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin) likes to call someone up from the audience to sing a duet of A Whole New World with her, never knowing what to really expect.
This time though she happened to ask a young aspiring singer called Jared Young onto the stage, and he absolutely nailed the song. Giving the audience a real musical treat
That little curtsy at the end was adorable, as was the whole thing. (Hopefully someone took this guy aside at the end of the show, he was amazing!)
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THE ACTUAL DUET VID OF MR. JARED YOUNG AND MISS LEA SALONGA BELOW:
Michael Williams stages his solo concert entitled “Never Felt Better” on September 18, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) at 7:30pm. This show is the second concert of the series TRIPLE THREATS: Leading Men and Women of Philippine Musical Theater. The first concert held in August was topbilled by Sheila Francisco.
TRIPLE THREATS: Leading Men and Women of Philippine Musical Theater is a series of solo concerts featuring the stalwarts of Philippine Musical Theater. Each concert is an intimate evening of beautiful music, personally selected by the artists themselves, from their vast repertoire of favorite songs from Broadway, West End, original Filipino musicals and the movies. Dubbed as a series of “concept concerts”, the narrative of the performance is dictated by the song choices. It is a rare opportunity for the audience to see a different facet of the acclaimed theater, television and film artist being featured. The definition of a “triple threat” is someone in a particular field who exhibits the three skills that are necessary to excel – can act, can sing and can dance.
Michael is a veteran actor of Repertory Philippines and has performed in its productions for the past ten years. He started in the chorus of “Woman of the Year”, 1984, then played a supporting role in “The French Have A Word For It”. Since then, he has played lead roles in such productions as “La Cage Aux Folles”, “Pirates of Penzance”, “Broadway Bound”, and “Yankee Pankee ‘98”. In 1989, he landed a part in “Miss Saigon” and played the role of Lun Tha in the London revival of “The King and I”. He performed in the Repertory Production of “Les Miserables”, where he alternated between the roles of Javert and Marius, as well as in other theater productions including “Zorba”, “Moose Murders”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Man of La Mancha”, “Gigi”, “I Hate Hamlet”, “The Lion Winter”, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, “Fool’s Mandrogola”, “A Doll’s House”, “Florante at Laura”, and “Once on This Island”. Recentlly, he was cast in one of the lead roles in Resorts World’s production of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. Currently, Michael is also part of Red Turnip Theater’s production, “Rabbit Hole”.
Capping the series on October 9 is “Everything in Bituin” with singer-actress Bituin Escalante.
TRIPLE THREATS: Leading Men and Women in Philippine Musical Theater is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Subscriptions to the three concerts are available at P2,500 and P2,000. Individual concert tickets are P1,000 and P800. The following standard discounts apply: 50% for students (only for the P2,000 subscription and P800 individual tickets), 20% for Senior Citizen, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Military and Government Officials.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings together the well liked original Filipino musicals in a single evening featuring the original cast and the best musical theater performers. A gala event billed as MUSIKAL! A Musical Theater Celebration of CCP’s 45th takes place on September 5 and September 6, at 8:00 pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). The musical revue features excerpts from “Rak of Aegis”, “Rama Hari”, “Maxie the Musical”, “Katy!”, “Caredivas”, “Noli Me Tangere”, “Magsimula Ka”, “ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal”, “Bluebird of Happiness”, “Rock Supremo”, “Rivalry”, “Lorenzo”, among others.
“This is going to be a landmark convergence of Philippine musical theater talent. A rare night where one can experience the melodies of the composers, the spectacle put together by the directors, the passion of the ensemble and the splendid musicality that Filipino musical theater performers are known for worldwide,” CCP’s artistic director Chris Millado enthuses. Millado also directs the show in collaboration with the original directors and producing companies like Tanghalang Pilipino, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Educational Theater Association, Trumpets, Spotlight Artists Centre, Bit by Bit Company, 4th Wall Theater Company, Green Wings, and Ateneo Blue Rep.
Audiences will also hear the scores of the musicals orchestrated for the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Salonga. Special medleys will be rearranged for the vocal style of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Jed Balsamo arranges for orchestra from the original compositions of Ryan Cayabyab, Vincent de Jesus, Rony Fortich, Ed Gatchalian, Aegis, Ebe Dancel, and Gines Tan, among others.
This landmark gala celebrates original Philippine musical theater artistry and the Cultural Center of the Philippines 45th Anniversary.
Thanks to Filipino talent coupled with the symphonic sound by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, this landmark gala provides a musical theater “pride” for the country.
To mark the 35th year of the CCP’s Outreach Program, a series of regional cultural exchanges and community tours billed as “Sining ay Buhay, Buhay ang Sining” will be organized by the CCP Cultural Exchange Department from September to November 2014 featuring the most prominent regional cultural groups.
The exchanges will focus on the flourishing of arts and culture in the regions, and how art has made an impact in the lives of the people and the creative industry in the local communities. Through this program, the CCP CED endeavors to support and motivate local cultural performing groups to achieve artistic excellence and promote local art and cultural expressions in various venues and communities. The program will certainly be a fitting celebration of the center’s regional cultural work in the last three and a half decades.
To launch the exchanges, three exceptional performing groups from Luzon will visit the Visayas region from September 18-27: Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc. (BKFI) of Malolos, Bulacan; Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe (LBDT) of the University of Lyceum Batangas City; and the Baao Children and Youth Choir (BCYC) of Baao, Camarines Sur.
The Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation, Inc. (BKFI) is a resident theater company of the Province of Bulacan. Since its creation in 1980, the group has created an impressive body of original works and developed a program of sustainability thru LGU support and audience development. Since 1987, BKFI consistently mounted two Theater Laboratory Workshops a year that runs for 4 months and produces two one-act-plays. It serves as the Theater School in Bulacan. In September 2007, BKFI created the Bulacan Arts, Culture and History Institute or BACH Institute to develop the vast and rich heritage of the province through training, research and other educational programs. In 2004, BKFI was conferred the “GAWAD CCP PARA SA SINING” for its outstanding contributions in theater development in the region. Through the years, the company has earned the respect of theater artists and critics all over the country. Acknowledged too is the discipline of BKFI’s actors and their work in putting together a Filipino repertoire, in instituting and promoting community theater and in promoting the culture and tradition of the region thru its productions.
Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe, the official folk dance company of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (Batangas), marks more than 15 years of promoting the rich and colorful culture of the Philippines thru music, dance and songs. Founded in 1995, the group is already a veteran of international performance tours as it showcased its cultural brilliance in folklore festivals in Italy, Malaysia and South Korea. The group had exceptionally made its mark in the national cultural map through the various CCP and NCCA projects. Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe had already staged four major dance concerts showcasing full-length all-Filipino repertoire in their home ground and has represented the Philippines in five major international festivals: August 2008- International Folkdance Festival (Italy); April 2010- XIII Melaka Drum Festival (Malaysia); October 2011- Asian & Oceania Folklore Festival (South Korea); July 2012- 7th Sabah International Folklore Festival (Malaysia); October 2013- Anseong Baudeogi Folkdance Festival (South Korea)
The Baao Children and Youth Choir is a community and church based choir composed of students from Rosary School Inc. and Baao National High School Special Program in the Arts. It was organized in 2003 and became a national finalist in the NAMCYA Children’s Choir Competition in 2004 and 2007. In 2008, the choir bagged the 1st Place and the “Best Interpretation of the Contest Piece” in the National Finals of the NAMCYA. In early 2011, the choir was invited to sing at “Festejos” and held concerts at the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences and Faith Academy Theater together with Yaeneoul Children’s Choir from Korea. The choir was the Philippine representative to the 1st International Children and Arts Festival in Kuala Lumpur last December 2011. The following year, the choir competed in the 18thCertamen Juvenil de Habaneras in Torrevieja, Spain and won the Grand Prize. The National Commission for Culture and The Arts conferred to the Choir the Ani ng Dangal Award for Music in March 2013. Last October 2013, the choir competed in the 9th Busan Choral Festival and Competition and won 3rd Place in the Ethnic and Youth Choir Category. They also qualified in the Grand Prix and bagged the Audience Prize Award. From August 6-September 3, 2014, the Baao Children and Youth Choir will have its 4th International Tour to the United States and will represent the Philippines in the 15th Mundial de Coros in Puebla, Mexico.
The outreach performance tour in Visayas is being presented in partnership with the Silay City Government, the Negros Cultural Foundation in Bacolod, and the Central Philippines University in Iloilo.
Following the Luzon groups, the Visayas performing groups led by the Kabataang Silay Rondalla Ensemble of Silay City, Dagyaw Baile of Iloilo National High School and the Halad Singers of the University of Visayas of Cebu City will visit Mindanao in October. The last leg of the regional exchanges will feature performing groups from Mindanao – MSU Kabpapagariya Ensemble of Gen. Santos City, Helubong Dance Troupe of Lake Sebu; Mebuyan Peace Project of Davao City; RMMC Teatro Ambahanon of Gen. Santos; and Bayang Barrios will visit Luzon in November.
A backward look into the past was like a glimpse to the present realities of life. Only characters changed and signs reappeared. In a society of deprived freedom and unwanted poverty, the soul continued to struggle and personal agendas were once again created.
When playwright Jomar Fleras first wrote the play “Kanser” 35 years ago for Bulwagang Gantimpala (now Gantimpala Theater Foundation), it became the “peg” of all Noli Me Tangere (Dr. Jose Rizal’s classic novel, originally written in Spanish until it was translated to Tagalog version) adaptations. He was only 17 years old at that time, but “Kanser” reached further heights- journeying deeper into the minds of every young Filipino student.
This time, the play was “modernized”- and director Franniel Zamora made it very PERSONAL.
Because if you would dig deeper into its true intention, Crisostomo Ibarra and Dr. Jose Rizal (the main character alongside with the writer-creator) really wanted it that way. Yes, it was a very personal agenda for them.
They both saw the evils in Philippine society, they both felt the plight of the poor, the injustices, the hypocrisy, the cries. It were their family members who got jailed and who died, it were their neighbors who provided them wisdom, their friends who fought and saved their lives… until reaching the climax of burying the wealth that caused all of it, under the sea.
History simply repeated itself. And with director Zamora’s new version of “Kanser”, the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Rizal Park became the opening and ending scene of the play. As Pilosopong Tasyo spoke of words of wisdom to the young, the memory lived on. Reaching again the “selfie” mobile generation of high-tech proportions.
Visually, the play was engrossing and moving. At the end of the play, you would cry along with the characters who suddenly changed appearances but lingered within the vanities of your whims. They might just be ordinary people you’d meet across the street or at a park, but you’d never know, they’re the ones who fought for you and gave you a better life.
No one’s exempted- even kid boys or old folks- no one, just no one. When it came about fighting for the true justice in a democratic land, everybody’s brave enough to participate and contribute his own share of heroism.
The artistic lighting skills of Shax Shasoco made this play appear in a magnificent and powerful texture- it transcended you deeper into the past and the timing of the lighting melody was perfect.
Joel Molina, the handsome and enigmatic commercial model-actor who portrayed Crisostomo Ibarra in this new version of Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s “Kanser” was too good to be true as the man who struggled and became the perpetrator to every Filipino man to create something within his pen. As Ibarra, you’d almost see the true Rizal in him. Educated and with a very good stage posture, a spectator would simply love to embrace.
Ms. Cris Pastor as Maria Clara was very convincing. She reinvented an immortal Filipina character that had suffered greatly within. Her delivery of dialogues were so clear and penetrating.
One blogger-spectator just wondered why a giant crocodile caricature managed to steal so much scene from this historical play, when in fact, it was no longer needed so. It looked fun to young viewers seeing a giant crocodile, with head upside down displayed on the center stage, but looked so awkward and funny for a serious play like this. Haha.
To top it all, Dr. Rizal’s message had continued to guide us all. He taught us of right principles, proper convictions and great manners- even at the verge of war and under extreme pressure.
This is Dr. Jose Rizal’s very personal agenda- not an agenda for personal revenge- but, an agenda to save his fellow countrymen who all got blinded by the shining and magnetic attraction of wealth and material things.
And some people simply had to die to make the message clear.
Sobrang na-touched ang ilang mga entertainment writers and movie people dahil ilan lamang sila sa mga napili ni Vince Tanada na makipag-celebrate sa kanya sa ginanap na birthday party nito sa Luxent Hotel last August 21. Talagang selected ang mga V.I.P. guests na pawang intimate close friends lamang ni Vince at kinu-consider niyang mga “totoong tao at tunay na mga kaibigan” sa buhay niya. Maski ba may ilang mga grupo pa rin diyang ng mga tao ang walang humpay na bumabatikos kay Vince at sa Philippine Stagers Foundation niya, life still moves on for all of them. Bagkus, mas lalo pa rin ngang nagpupunyagi pa rin ang mga maka-sining na nilalang na ito…
Sosyal na sosyal ang ginanap na party, walang ere ng ka-showbizan. Desente, maayos at pormal ang lahat ng mga naging bisita. Hindi magulo, walang “chaos” na naganap na lagi na lamang nangyayari sa mga showbiz parties. kaya kakaiba talaga.
Magandang-maganda rin ang naging programa at mga production numbers nu’ng gabi na iyon- all performed by the Stagers of Philippine Stagers Foundation. May mga audio-visuals presentation rin, speches, tributes and dramatic moments right there onstage. Pero pinaka-touching ang naging tribute speech ng younger brother ni Vince na si Mr. Cocoy Tanada. Ang younger brother na ito ni Vince ang naging inspirasyon niya kasi para sa dulang “Filipinas: 1941” na currently running ngayon in various schools and provinces. Ang characters doon na Felipe at Anton na magkapatid ay napakalapit sa puso ni Vince.
Indeed, Vince Tanada’s birthday bash at Luxent Hotel last August 21 is THE PARTY OF THE YEAR. Dahil ang naganap na party ay may puso, may sinseridad, may katotohanan.
Maraming salamat, Vince. And more birthdays to come!
EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE PHOTOS BY: MR. VINO ORIARTE
(words by robert manuguid silverio)