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This is the hour: ‘Saigon’ cast, old and new, together

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SCENES FROM A GALA (clockwise from far left): Jonathan Pryce passes red jacket to Jon Jon Briones; two Engineers in the “American Dream” number; Rachelle Ann Go and the author sing a duet; past and present principals take centerstage. Photos by  Richard Davenport

Over the weekend, perhaps because of the tiredness from Manila catching up to me, plus the work we’ve been putting in for the gala today, my body was starting to feel a bit run down.

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A night to end all ‘Saigon’ nights

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CLOCKWISE from left: Gala night tickets; Lea with Hugh Maynard (John the GI in new production); two pairs of Chrises and Kims change partners for anniversary gala—Alistair Brammer and Lea (left), Eva Noblezada and Simon Bowman (right); Lea with the current company, including Rachelle Ann Go, foreground, and Jon Jon Briones, second row, left.  FROM PINKY AMADOR’S TWITTER ACCOUNT

First, a correction: In Wednesday’s column, I mistakenly said it was Geoffrey Garratt who flew in from New York; it was actually John Rigby (music supervisor). He (Rigby) and Laurence Connor were there for “The Phantom of the Opera” auditions. Moving on…

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‘Miss Saigon’ family reunion

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CHRISES and Kims, then and now: (From left) Simon Bowman, the author, Alistair Brammer and Eva Noblezada

It was the family reunion to end all family reunions. Members of generations past, both distant and recent, plus those of the present, came together, sharing different stories that were somehow the same.

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Going blind anew for ‘The Voice 2’

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And here we go again! My fellow coaches—Apl.de.ap, Bamboo, and Sarah Geronimo—and I just concluded another round of Blind Auditions for “The Voice of the Philippines.”

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‘Musikal!’ marks CCP’s 45th anniversary

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THE AUTHOR (left) snaps a selfie with other theater artists, led by Isay Alvarez-Seña (center) and Robert Seña (right), on the main theater stage.

What a treat! What a feast for the eyes and ears! And what a privilege it was to share a space with so many of our most talented musical-theater performers, gathered in one venue for one very special presentation.

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