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A fattened heart

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There is an expression that gives me a little giggle whenever I hear it: Nakakataba ng puso. If we’re speaking literally, a fat heart is one that would send a cardiologist panicking.

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‘Alamat’

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ENCORE for three artists (from left): Cecile Licad, Lisa Macuja and Lea Salonga

The thing about the title of the recently concluded encore concert of “The Legends and The Classics” is this: It seems otherworldly and mythical. As if the three women at the center of the concert—Cecile Licad, Lisa Macuja and myself—are people only read about in books, or whose histories are passed down orally from one person to the next in the manner of the alamat.

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Let your ‘Voice’ be heard

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FRANCISCO  “Bamboo” Mañalac (left) and Sarah Geronimo are two of the coach-judges.

By now you’ve all heard the news, but allow me to confirm it one more time: I am officially one of the four coaches of “The Voice of the Philippines,” along with Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Mañalac, and a fourth judge, who has yet to be announced by ABS-CBN.

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Celebrity makeup artists

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There is a spoof from the old “Electric Company” TV show that I remember watching as a little girl. On a movie set, whenever the director screamed, “Makeup!” a lady with an oversized powder puff would hit one of the actors in the face.

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No need for us to scream in ‘God of Carnage’

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We’re in Singapore and back in the Novaks’ living room in the play “God of Carnage.” My family and I flew on a clear Tuesday evening out of Los Angeles, following a two-hour drive from San Diego. We could’ve left Southern California a day earlier but my husband and I, being ardent fans of (the [...]

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We are family

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Sitting in my apartment with CNN giving us updates on Superstorm “Sandy,” I’m still in a haze over how incredible this “Allegiance” experience has been. Our company wasn’t just cast and crew, but a family, and I shall take all those memories wherever I go. A cast doesn’t always get along so nicely that a [...]

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Time to say goodbye

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It’s hard to believe that nearly three months have passed since our arrival in San Diego and the start of the “Allegiance” rehearsal. It was the middle of summer, with the sun shining every single day in beautiful Balboa Park. We spent the daylight hours indoors, working on what has become quite the show, which [...]

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Advice for new ‘Miss Saigon’ hopefuls

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SCENE from the musical when it was staged in Manila in 2000. PHOTO FROM AFLEASALONGA.MULTIPLY.COM

It was announced just a few days ago that the musical “Miss Saigon,” which originally opened in the West End in 1989, is going to be revived in the same venue in 2013. Auditions for various roles will be held in Manila from November 19-22 at Opera Haus in Makati, the Philippine Opera Company’s home base.

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

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We have completed our second week of rehearsals for the play “Allegiance”—it’s about 70 pages of text and music that we’ve gone through, not to mention a fair amount of choreography. And yes, as I’ve said before, everything, every single thing, is in flux.

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Thunder from Down Under

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The Adelaide Cabaret Festival might as well be called “Thunder from Down Under,” considering the variety of acts and the thunderous applause given to all performers night after night after night. The festival (its artistic director this year is singer and fellow Pinay Kate Ceberano) showcases many different performance acts during its three-week run. Among [...]

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A charming Ricky Martin as Che

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MARTIN essays Che with a wry grin and a twinkle in his eye. He carries himself with abundant charm and stage presence. (photo credit:evitaonbroadway.com)

Thursday last week I headed to the Marquis Theatre on Broadway to see the Tony-nominated revival production of “Evita.” I was with one of the producers, Adam Blanshay, who I previously met when he was working on the Broadway production of “Billy Elliot.” He had so graciously asked me to come see his newest show, and I said yes.

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Bright lights, big city

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The past few days have been very cold here in Manhattan. Winter has decided, belatedly, to make a comeback, which meant taking out my winter coat and scarf, and shopping successfully for cute booties.

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