The hit cabaret-style “Bedazzled” show at Club Mwah in Mandaluyong City has taken several incarnations. Of only two numbers that have remained on the playlist for 10 years (since the revue was launched), the one acclaimed more for a no-nonsense approach than for unbridled hilarity (like many of the others) is the drag-queen company’s take on “Cell Block Tango,” from the Tony award-winning “Chicago The Musical.”
By Emmie G. Velarde
Every incarnation of “Bedazzled,” Club Mwah’s Las Vegas-style girls-and-gays revue, springs from creator, artistic director, choreographer, set/costume designer and lead star Cris Nicolas’ resolute goal to outdo himself each time.
LONELY Planet, no less, says: “The best of the city’s tranny stage shows take place at the opulent Club Mwah!, an incredibly shiny, sparkly and simply fabulous place with obvious Las Vegas interior-design influences. Manila’s gay expats give it a huge thumbs-up.”
The cast of “Mamma Mia” dropped by and partied after the musical’s run at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. More recently, the elusive stars of the Hollywood production “The Bourne Legacy” watched the show and stayed till the wee hours dancing with the gay revue’s ecstatic performers. Both times, Club Mwah owners and managers [...]
This snapshot is not from a Broadway show, though it may remind some musical theater enthusiasts of the boat ride amidst floating lamps scene in “Phantom of the Opera.” This is from “Bedazzled,” now in its 11th incarnation at the pioneering Club Mwah on Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City. Staged by Follies de Mwah, a [...]