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Hits and misses in ‘The Voice Kids’’ commemorative album

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GAIRANOD (RIGHT, WITH OTHER “THE VOICE KIDS” ALUMNI). Salt-of-the-earth perspicacity.

We’ve often complained about the impropriety of making very young performers sing about romantic love—as Darlene Vibares is made to do in the 13-track commemorative recording, “The Voice Kids: The Album.”

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‘Miss Saigon’s’ homegrown Kim is living her dream

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MANALANG (AND WITH ALISTAIR BRAMMER, INSET). Has learned to be more independent.

It has been four months since Tanya Manalang began her stint as Fil-Am Eva Noblezada’s alternate in the coveted role of Kim in the West End revival of “Miss Saigon.” But, the petite 26-year-old stage actress still can’t believe her luck. She beams, “Getting cast in the musical has always been a dream—and now I’m living it!”

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Irreverent road-trip comedy banks on women power

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MCCARTHY, BATES AND SARANDON. Romance isn’t the only thing that makes their journey eventful.

There are crass jokes and politically incorrect situations in Ben Falcone’s “Tammy”—but, the cool confidence of the film’s supporting actresses, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates and Sandra Oh, rub off on the movie and its polarizing lead star, Melissa McCarthy. The characters the trio portrays don’t always make the right decisions in life, but they stand by their choices and refuse to get trapped in the perceived limitations of their gender.

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Twisted tale brings out the best in Anne Curtis and Cristine Reyes

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CURTIS, MILBY AND REYES. Shuttle between silliness and pertinence.

In the past, Anne Curtis had inexplicably won acting awards for roles (“No Other Woman,” “In Your Eyes”) that had more flash than substance. It’s only in Chris Martinez’s deliciously twisted comedy, “The Gifted,” that the actress manages to truly dig deep into the superficial artifice of her complex character and comes up with—her finest performance to date!

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Monique Wilson puts her art and activism to good use

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WILSON. More acute understanding of social issues.

We rarely see Monique Wilson these days. So, we braved the rush-hour traffic last weekend to watch her perform with Leo Navarro, Ima Castro and Tanya Manalang, the “other” Kim in the 25th anniversary revival of “Miss Saigon” on the West End stage, in the theater-themed concert, “From East Coast to West End.”

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