celebrate valentine’s day 50 shades-style

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Why settle for typical Valentine’s weekend fare when you can catch 50 Shades! The Musical Parody?

A great alternative to the usual dinner and movie date night, 50 Shades, The Musical Parody promises a wild and sassy evening of comedy for both women and men, with plenty of BDSM (Best Damn Songs and Music). The show opens on February 12, 2016 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater of RCBC Plaza in Makati.

Fifty Shades of Grey has topped best-seller lists around the world with over 125 million copies sold worldwide and a 2015 blockbuster movie. A sexy, hilarious romp, 50 SHADES! The Musical Parody is a laugh out loud night of fun that audiences won’t want to miss!

The musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is led on a hilarious roller-coaster ride of this unlikely bestseller. The show is full of dance numbers, 11 original songs and a live band backing the performance. Original songs include “How Much Can I Take?”, “I Don’t Make Love”, and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me”.

“I think Pinoys are going to love 50 Shades! It is such a crazy, hilarious and racy show”, said Albert samuels, the show’s co-writer and director. “50 Shades! is so funny and so sexy at the same time. It will be an incredible night out for Filipino audiences. Come to the show, and get ready to laugh your heads off.”

From New York to Vegas and now, Manila, 50 Shades! The Musical Parody has had audiences laughing, raving, and craving from curtain rise to curtain fall. So, what are you waiting for? 

GO AND CATCH 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY!

NOW NA!!!

“50 shades! the musical parody”: when the dark comes to life… with a bang!

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When you look at the darker side of life, sometimes, you don’t totally look at it the same way like others does. As you breathe-in and breathe-out, inhale and exhale… The mood varies. The scenario changes. The style mixes-in with a greater aspect of life- FROM A TOTALLY DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW.

“50 Shades! The Musical Parody” crosses the thin line between insanity and comedic pleasure. It elevates you upper on the edges of your seat, tickle your funny bones and relate with the awkward pleasures you somehow felt within your own sexuality.

That makes you human in so many ways. Bringing you back closer to earth and the “animal-like” tendencies of your own human “interactions”.

Presented in such a delightful way, acted upon in great unison and grace, coupled in with BDSM (Best Damn Songs and Music) and superb direction (of Al Samuel with Robbie Guevarra as the associate), this musical parody on a best-selling book/novel turned into a cinematic film, surely, won the hearts and joys of every literary and performing arts followers, or let’s say, FANS.

Surprises and surprises just kept on coming as you watched the play. But we won’t definitely reveal them. Hold on to your seats. Fasten your seat belts. And get ready for speed and laughs.

The timing was all too-perfect, the stage blocking, the delivery of dialogues, the rapport, the chemistry. We won’t mention the scenes they excelled upon- but local actors Ms. Bituin Escalante and Lorenz Martinez were both pretty amazing in their “characterizations”, subtle effort and consistency.

The foreign actors, oh my, were all so sexy and sensual on stage. Perfect body forms, torso, legs and arms. You won’t see any malice at all, because it’s a kind of great ART you see- executed only in a very funny way.

Tired of romanticism? Fed-up of “old-school” attitudes? Done with illusions and imaginary friends?

Well, why not try a darker approach on life, that could bring-in or breathe-in a new and funnier kind of life. Go and watch “50 Shades! A Musical Parody” and see…

That,

In each life, satisfaction only comes with a-

BANG.

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

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blogger sssip with nine works theatrical's p.r. man- jonjon martin, and elites model pj on- in one of the press previews of "50 shades of grey".
blogger sssip with nine works theatrical’s p.r. man- jonjon martin, and elites model pj on- in one of the press previews of “50 shades of grey”.
blogger sssip with "50 shades" poster boy chris hogson (a british actor) and model pj ong
blogger sssip with “50 shades” poster boy chris hogson (a british actor) and model pj ong

 

‘La Cage aux Folles Manila’ Gears Up For The Perfect Storm

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(from sssip*- “It’s high time to SHINE!, RISE AND SHINE, EVERYONE, via this rerun of a truly magnificent play!”)

‘La Cage aux Folles Manila’ Gears Up For The Perfect Storm

 

Earlier this year, Manila audiences were treated to a standing ovation-filled musical extravaganza in 9 Works Theatrical’s La Cage aux Folles – a critically-acclaimed musical comedy that had audiences laughing and crying faster than you could say ‘fabulous.’

 

A fun, frivolous romp through the streets of Saint Tropez and the French Riviera, the Tony Award-winning musical which returns to the RCBC stage from August 15 to September 6, 2015, follows the story of night club owner Georges, played by TV and film actor Michael de Mesa, and his life partner and the club’s star performer Albin, played by veteran stage actor and PHILSTAGE president Audie Gemora.

 

When the former’s biological son Jean-Michel (played by TV actor Steven Silva) brings home his fiancée Anne (played by Missy Macuja-Elizalde and Joni Galeste) and her ultra-conservative parents for a matrimonial téte-a-téte, pandemonium ensues, leaving no stone unturned, no feather unplucked, and no sequin unpolished.
Based on the 1973 French play by Jean Poiret, also the inspiration behind the Robin Williams’ starrer Birdcage, La Cage aux Folles was a musical that Manila audiences wholeheartedly embraced and called their own. “How everything came together,” recalls director Robbie Guevara, “the cast, the 9PO orchestra, the production team – it was like a perfect piece of pie that everyone just gobbled up!” The talent we assembled, executive producer Santi Santamaria adds, gave us constant tearjerkers, “a whirlwind of emotions and contagious enthusiasm from everyone onstage and off.” The amazing audience reception, Robbie recalls fondly, made the sacrifices and hard work well worth it.

 

Featuring tap-dancing, energetic musical numbers like We Are What We Are, The Best Of Times, and the anthemic I Am What I Am, and breathtaking costume changes courtesy of scenographer Mio Infante, Twinkle Zamora for costume execution, and the Fashion Designers Association of The Philippines (FDAP), the show promises to up the theatrical ante for its sophomore return, giving audiences both old and new, “a vivid, colorful celebration of theater magic” and a love story that is effervescent as it is timeless.

 

“For those who have seen and enjoyed the show, this is one musical you may want to consider watching again before it gets restaged after another 20 years,” says Santamaria. “Add that to the uncanny chemistry between acting juggernauts Audie Gemora and Michael de Mesa on stage,” he shares, and you’ve got time in the theater that is time well spent.

 

Appearing alongside Audie Gemora, Michael de Mesa,Steven Silva and ballerina Joni Galesteare some of today’s most respected and up-and-coming theater performers.Theater veterans Raul Montesa and Sheila Francisco star as Jean-Michel’s ultra conservative in-laws Monsieur and Mademoiselle Edouard and Marie Dindon. Miss Saigon alumnaAnalin Bantug returns to the stage as restaurant owner Jacqueline while Hong Kong Disneyland performer Noel Rayos plays Jacob the butler.

 

Joining them are the iconicLes Cagelles played by JP Basco, Mara Celine Javier, Randi de Guzman, Carlos Deriada, Chesko Rodriguez, Dindo Divinagracia, Cheeno Macaraig, James Stacey, Arnold Trinidad, PJ Rebullida, and TV and film star Rafa Siguion-Reyna.

 

La Cage aux Folles will be directed by Robbie Guevara, with scenic and costume design by Mio Infante, and special participation of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines; choreography by Arnold Trinidad, PJ Rebullida, and Yek Barlongay; musical direction by Joseph Tolentino and Sweet Plantado-Tiongson; lighting design by Martin Esteva; technical direction by Dong Calingacion; hair and makeup design by Myrene Santos; and additional costume execution by Twinkle Zamora; photography by Leo Castillo and graphic design by Larry Palma.

 

Heading the production team is executive producer Santi Santamaria, with Anna Santamaria as company manager; Toff de Venecia as PR director; GM Hernandez as marketing manager; Jonjon Martin and Issa Tuason as PR managers; Randy Salvador as production manager; and Mikey Garcia as stage manager.

La Cage aux Folles will be shown at the RCBC Plaza, Makati on August 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, September 4, 5 & 6, 2015, with Friday and Saturday galas at 8:00pm, selected Saturday matinees at 3:30pm, and Sunday matinees at 4:00pm.

A limited number of performances are available for fundraising and block-buying. For tickets and other inquiries, please call 586.7105 or 0917.554.5560, or email info@9workstheatrical.com. Facebook: 9workstheatrical. Twitter & Instagram: @9WTonline. Hashtag: #LaCageManila

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is presented by 9 Works Theatrical and The Rockwell Club, with MAC Cosmetics as the Official Makeup Sponsor. Official photos by Photoworks Academy.

La Cage aux Folles” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 

NINE WORKS THEATRICAL GETS TEN NOMINATIONS IN THIS YEAR’S GAWAD-BUHAY AWARDS…

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from sssip 🙂 NINE WORKS THEATRICAL GOT TEN NOMINATIONS THIS YEAR FOR GAWAD BUHAY AWARDS.

“Philstage Gawad Buhay!’s 2014 nominations out, Peta’s ‘Rak of Aegis’ leads with 17 nods”

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (Peta) “Rak of Aegis,” a musical-comedy production about a fictional urban-poor community coping with floods that features the songs of the iconic pop-rock band Aegis, grabbed the lead in the 2014 nominations for the Gawad Buhay!, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, with 17 nods in the performance and technical categories.

Following “Rak of Aegis” is Repertory Philippines’ production of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play “August: Osage County,” directed by Chris Millado, with 12 nominations.

(TO ADD, FROMM SSSIP 🙂 NINE WORKS THEATRICAL GOT 10 NOMINATIONS).***

Tanghalang Pilipino’s production of “Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente,” the late Rolando Tinio’s Filipino translation of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” again directed by Millado, got nine nominations, tying with Ballet Philippines’ restaging of Agnes Locsin’s “La Revolucion Filipina.”

Now on its seventh year, Gawad Buhay! is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for the performing arts juried by an independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts. Outstanding individual and group achievements in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance productions and performances are honored based on quarterly citations deliberated by members of the jury who are required to watch all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year.

From the four quarterly citations, the jury selects the final nominees qualified to win the awards by the end of the performance season.

Awarding ceremonies will be on June 11.

Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include Ballet Manila (BM), Ballet Philippines (BP), Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit, Peta, Repertory Philippines (Rep), Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), Trumpets, Actor’s Actors Inc. (AAI), 9 Works Theatrical (9WT), Philippine Opera Company, Resorts World Manila’s Full House Theater Company, and the newest company to join, Red Turnip Theater.

COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINATIONS IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES

[Note: Lone nominees are automatic winners.]

Outstanding Original Script
No nomination

Peta’s “Rak of Aegis,” with 17 nominations in the 2014 Gawad Buhay!, returns for a new run and with new cast members starting June 19. PHOTO FROM PETA Read more: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/192481/philstage-gawad-buhays-2014-nominations-out-petas-rak-of-aegis-leads-with-17-nods#ixzz3cX1pps8m  Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
Peta’s “Rak of Aegis,” with 17 nominations in the 2014 Gawad Buhay!, returns for a new run and with new cast members starting June 19. PHOTO FROM PETA
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Outstanding Original Libretto
Liza Magtoto, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)

Outstanding Translation or Adaptation
Virgilio Almario and José Lacaba, “Mga Ama, Mga Anak” (TP)
Rolando Tinio, “Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente” (TP)

Outstanding Musical Direction
Myke Salomon, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Inday Echevarria, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (Full House)
Joseph Tolentino, “The Last Five Years” (9WT)

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‘THE LAST 5 YEARS” from nine works theatrical

Outstanding Original Musical Composition
No nomination

Ballet Philippines’ “La Revolucion Filipina” leads in the dance categories with 9 nominations. PHOTO BY VICTOR URSABIA Read more: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/192481/philstage-gawad-buhays-2014-nominations-out-petas-rak-of-aegis-leads-with-17-nods#ixzz3cX23RMDQ  Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
Ballet Philippines’ “La Revolucion Filipina” leads in the dance categories with 9 nominations. PHOTO BY VICTOR URSABIA
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Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production
Bam Damian, “Aramica” [from “Heart2Heart: Ballet & Ballads”] (BM)
Denisa Reyes, “Muybridge Frames” [from “Art of Dance”] (BP)
Bam Damian, “After Whom” [from “The Blue Moon Series”] (BP)
Alice Reyes, “Bungkos Suite” [from “The Blue Moon Series”] (BP)
Agnes Locsin, “La Revolucion Filipina” (BP)

Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical
Nancy Crowe, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (Full House)
Gio Gahol, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Nestee Mamaril Gamilla, “Kleptomaniacs” (TP)

Outstanding Costume Design
Carlo Pagunaling, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Edgar San Diego, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (Peta)
Rajo Laurel, “Full Gallop” (My Own Mann Productions/AAI and The Necessary Theatre)
Victor Ursabia, “La Revolucion Filipina” (BP)
Valeen Vicente, “Scrooge” (Rep)

Outstanding Lighting Design
John Batalla, “Wait Until Dark” (Rep)
Katsch Catoy, “August: Osage County” (Rep)
Martin Esteva, “The Last 5 Years” (9WT)
Bart Guingona, “Venus in Fur” (AAI/The Necessary Theatre)
Katsch Catoy, “La Revolucion Filipina” (BP)

Outstanding Sound Design
Jethro Joaquin, “Noises Off” (Rep)
Jethro Joaquin, “Wait Until Dark” (Rep)
Myke Salomon and Happy Constantino, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Bart Guingona, “Venus in Fur” (AAI/The Necessary Theatre)
Ryan Cayabyab (remastered by David Theo), “La Revolucion Filipina” (BP)

Outstanding Set Design
Mio Infante, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Miguel Faustmann, “August: Osage County” (Rep)
Miguel Faustmann, “Noises Off” (Rep)
Mio Infante, “The Last 5 Years” (9WT)
Mio Infante, “La Revolucion Filipina” (BP)

Female Lead Performance in a Play
Baby Barredo, “August: Osage County” (Rep)
Cherie Gil, “Full Gallop” (My Own Mann/AAI)
Liesl Batucan, “Wait Until Dark” (Rep)
Jennifer Blair-Bianco, “Venus in Fur” (AAI/The Necessary Theatre)
Gina Pareño, “Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente” (TP)

Male Lead Performance in a Play
Spanky Manikan, “Mga Ama, Mga Anak” (TP)
Robert Arevalo, “Mga Ama, Mga Anak” (TP)
Jonathan Tadioan, “Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente” (TP)
David Bianco, “Venus in Fur” (AAI/The Necessary Theatre)

Female Featured Performance in a Play
Pinky Amador, “August: Osage County” (Rep)
Liesl Batucan, “August: Osage County” (Rep)
Sheila Francisco, “August: Osage County” (Rep)
Tami Monsod, “August: Osage County” (Rep)
Madeleine Nicolas, “Mga Ama, Mga Anak” (TP)

Male Featured Performance in a Play
Richard Cunanan, “August: Osage County” (Rep)
Hans Eckstein, “August: Osage County” (Rep)
Yul Servo, “Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente” (TP)
Dido dela Paz, “Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente” (TP)
Marco Viaña, “Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente” (TP)

Female Lead Performance in a Musical
Aicelle Santos, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Joan Bugcat, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Kim Molina, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Nikki Gil, “The Last 5 Years” (9WT)
Tippy Dos Santos, “Grease” (9WT)

Male Lead Performance in a Musical
Red Concepcion, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (Full House)
Joaquin Valdes, “The Last 5 Years” (9WT)
Nicco Manalo, “Kleptomaniacs” (TP)
Michael Williams, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (Full House)

Female Featured Performance in a Musical
Bituin Escalante, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (Full House)
Kalila Aguilos, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Antoinette Taus, “Grease” (9WT)

Male Featured Performance in a Musical
Pepe Herrera, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Jerald Napoles, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Myke Salomon, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Juliene Mendoza, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Micko Laurente, “Kleptomaniacs” (TP)

Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance
Dawna Mangahas, “Shutter” [from “Heart2Heart: Ballet & Ballads”] (BM)
Monica Gana, “Duet” [from “Art of Dance”] (BP)
Kris-Belle Paclibar-Mamangun, “Salome” [from “The Blue Moon Series”] (BP)
Carissa Adea, “Songs of the Wayfarer” [from “The Blue Moon Series”] (BP)
Jessa Balote, “Sari’t Bahag” [from “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika: An OPM Festival”] (BM)

Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance
Elpidio Magat, “Shutter” [from “Heart2Heart: Ballet & Ballads”] (BM)
Earl John Arisola, “Duet” [from “Art of Dance”] (BP)
Rudy de Dios, “Aramica” [from “Heart2Heart: Ballet & Ballads”] (BM)
Jean Marc Cordero, “La Revolucion Filipina” (BP)
Richardson Yadao, “La Revolucion Filipina” (BP)

Female Featured Performance in Modern Dance
No nomination

Male Featured Performance in Modern Dance
No nomination

Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance
Denise Parungao, “Cinderella” (BP)
Monica Gana, “Cinderella” (BP)
Dawna Mangahas, “Nutkraker” (BM)

Male Lead Performance in Classical Dance
Richardson Yadao, “Cinderella” (BP)
Earl John Arisola, “Cinderella” (BP)

Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance
Celina Dofitas, “Cinderella” (BP)
Edana Mae Labitoria, “Cinderella” (BP)
Katherine Trofeo, “Cinderella” (BP)
Rita Winder, “Cinderella” (BP)

Male Featured Performance in Classical Dance
No nomination

Outstanding Modern Dance Production
“Aramica” [from “Heart2Heart: Ballet & Ballads”] (BM)
“Muybridge Frames” [from “Art of Dance”] (BP)
“La Revolucion Filipina” (BP)

Outstanding Classical Dance Production
No nomination

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play
Chris Millado, “August: Osage County” (Rep)
Miguel Faustmann, “Wait Until Dark” (Rep)
Bart Guingona, “Full Gallop” (My Own Mann/AAI)
Chris Millado, “Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente” (TP)
Bart Guingona, “Venus in Fur” (AAI/The Necessary Theatre)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical
Maribel Legarda, “Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
Jaime del Mundo, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (Full House)
Robbie Guevara, “The Last 5 Years” (9WT)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play
“August: Osage County” (Rep)
“Venus in Fur” (AAI/The Necessary Theatre)
“Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente” (TP)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical
“Rak of Aegis” (Peta)
“The Last 5 Years” (9WT)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Modern Dance
“Aramica” [from “Heart2Heart: Ballet & Ballads”] (BM)
“Muybridge Frames” [from “Art of Dance”] (BP)
“After Whom” [from “The Blue Moon Series”] (BP)
“Bungkos Suite” [from “The Blue Moon Series”] (BP)
“La Revolucion Filipina” (BP)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Classical Dance
No nomination

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play
“August: Osage County” (Rep)
“Full Gallop” (My Own Mann/AAI)
“Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente” (TP)
“Venus in Fur” (AAI/The Necessary Theatre)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical
“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (Full House)
“The Last 5 Years” (9WT)

Outstanding Original Play
No nomination

Outstanding Original Musical
“Rak of Aegis” (Peta)

Outstanding Production for Children
No nomination

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puwede pang humabol sa STAGE CAMP summer acting workshop ng nine works theatrical!

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FROM SSSIP 🙂

“PUWEDE PA PONG HUMABOL SA SUMMER ACTING WORKSHOP NA ITO! KAYA HABOL NA, ENROLL NA, NOW NAAAHHHHH”!

 

SUMMER is here and it’s time to make it more fun and interesting!

9 WORKS THEATRICAL (producers of hit musicals RENT, SWEET CHARITY, GREASE, THE LAST 5 YEARS & LA CAGE AUX FOLLES) and The ROCKWELL CLUB bring you STAGE CAMP 2015!

From APRIL 6 until MAY 22, 2015 (Monday to Friday for 7 weeks)

Kiddie & Pre-Teen Camp (5-11yrs old) 1-3pm / 12-3pm
Teen Camp (12-17 yrs old) 4-6pm / 4-7pm
Adult Camp (18 yrs old & above) 7-9pm / 7-10pm

Workshop Venue: The Loft, Rockwell Club, Rockwell Center, Makati City

Culminating showcases will be at the CPR Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City on:

May 23, 2015/Sat – Adult Camp
May 24, 2015/Sun – Kiddie & Pre-Teen Camp and Teen Camp

For more information call 0917-5545560, 586-7105 or email us at info@9workstheatrical.com.

ENROLL now and experience the performance of your life! The world’s a stage after all. 

“la cage aux folles”: it doesn’t matter whether you’re gay or not, or black or white… what matters is the heart that sees upon…

 

The very minute that lead actor Audie Gemora stood there alone, finally, in one of the most significant scenes in the musical play La Cage Aux Folles, and he sang the song “I Am What I Am”, we knew that what we saw was not simply ordinary but a thing that would last forever.

It was the most shining moment of all. And the real wonder at that. Looking at one great theater performer who transformed himself into an all-out transgender, was, indeed, awesome. Candid. Wonderful.

It was a revelation, that whether you are gay or not, black or white, straight or curved, one individual has got the right to be HIMSELF. And this is the real beauty of the play La Cage Aux Folles.

Gays, Transgenders, Bisexuals, Lesbians, or the likes, may look outrageous, abnormal and hilarious- but deep within them are hearts of gold and love, hearts of caring and sympathy, hearts of concern and guidance.

As we watched this truly unforgettable play together with a veteran female celebrity and radio icon in person of Ms. Tessie Lagman, we just assured ourselves that local theater productions are now “at par” with Broadway musical standards. Just minus the hi-tech efficiency of original Broadway productions, Filipino performing artists can compete- with greater angst and power, wonder and delivery.

Kudos for director Robbie Guevara, he finely crafted the direction of this delicate play that dealt with the lives of two gay couple with a dashing son who proved in the end that he was never ashamed of having gay parents. What a redemption.

As they were circled-in with odd characters of gay impersonators and performers of the La Cage Aux Folles club, every minute you’d laugh, every single second you’d feel breathless and every hour, you’d see the more happier side of life, alongside the complications, that everything went well in the end.

A very fine and unique adaptation of the classic film turned into a Broadway musical genre.

The costumes were fabulous, colorful and classy, designed by Mio Infante with the participation of the  the members of the FDAP (Filipino Designers Association of the Philippines) which helped a lot in putting more colors and life upon the musical play.

The musical direction of  Joseph Tolentino and Sweet Plantado-Tionson was surely fantastic!

In this play, we were amazed by the great transformation of GMA-7 young star in person of Steven Silva. He acted-out his scenes with precision, great timing and own originality. Steven, we can say by now, is one fine young theater actor.

Rafa Siguion-Reyna was amazing! Truly amazing! As one the “La Cagelettes”, he was so poised, graceful and flirty. Oh, my.

Noel Rayos as “the maid” was scene-stealing and so funny.

And all the rest of the supporting cast were truly WONDERFUL.

But in the end, two people made this play TRULY GREAT.

Mr. Michael de Mesa and Audie Gemora.

Real men as the are, they captured the sensitivity and the soul of being homosexuals. They didn’t over-act, they didn’t outshine each other- but rather, their harmony and chemistry as the gay couple in this play astounded everyone. Very, very powerful performances with the both. A standing ovation!

I kneel and put my hats-off to them. 

Because whether you are a straight guy or a gay, a white or a black…

What matters most is the heart that sees upon.

And both Michael and Audie had seen it, too…

 

ETERNALLY.

 

(words by robert manuguid silverio)

(PHOTOS BELOW COURTESY OF THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE: MR. LEO CASTILLO, MR. ERICKSON DELA CRUZ, MR. JONJON MARTIN AND NINE WORKS THEATRICAL)

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(ON THE PHOTOS ABOVE: AUDIE GEMORA, MICHAEL DE MESA AND THE WHOLE CAST AND STAFF, WITH CLOSE FRIENDS OF “LA CAGE AUX FOLLES”)

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“la cage aux folles”: a tremendous hit!

“LA CAGE AUX FOLLES: A TREMENDOUS HIT!”

LAST 6 SHOWS!!!! We can’t be any more excited for the weekend to arrive and to put this show back on stage! Don’t miss this unforgettably entertaining musical and do try to catch one of the three runs this weekend! LA CAGE AUX FOLLES resumed last Saturday, March 21 (3:30 and 8PM) and today, March 22 (4PM) at the RCBC Plaza, Makati! Then again this coming weekend- March 27, 28 and 29!!!

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For TICKETS call 0917-5545560, 586-7105, Ticketworld at 891-9999 or email us at info@9workstheatrical.com.Presented by 9 WORKS THEATRICAL and THE ROCKWELL CLUB! MAC Cosmetics is the official make-up sponsor of #LaCageManila#usingmaccosmetics Grab tickets as soon as you can!

Photos by: Leo Castillo

“It was a truly AMAZING first two weekends for LA CAGE AUX FOLLES!!! THANK YOU to everyone who came and watched, laughed, snivelled and enjoyed the show!”– (FROM Mr. Jonjon Martin, P.R.-Manager of Nine Works Theatrical)

MR. JONJON MARTIN: P.R. MANAGER OF NINE WORKS THEATRICAL
MR. JONJON MARTIN: P.R. MANAGER OF NINE WORKS THEATRICAL

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mr. jonjon martin with theater icon leo valdez (third from left) and Anna Santamaria  Company Manager and Santi Santamaria Managing Director of Executive Producer of Nine Works Theatrical.
mr. jonjon martin with theater icon leo valdez (third from left) and Anna Santamaria Company Manager and Santi Santamaria Managing Director of Executive Producer of Nine Works Theatrical.
Arnold Trinidad at Pj Rebudilla:  the choreographers of La Cage Aux Folles, poses with Mr. Jonjon Martin
Arnold Trinidad at Pj Rebudilla: the choreographers of La Cage Aux Folles, poses with Mr. Jonjon Martin