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Isay weighs in on controversial issue

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ALVAREZ. Joins arduous fight to give homegrown creative ‘content’ its due.
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Friends and fans of singer-actress Isay Alvarez are exceedingly happy that she appears to have won her daunting struggle against leukemia.

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Carrie Underwood in ‘Sound of Music’–win some, lose some

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UNDERWOOD (CENTER). Portrays Maria in TV revival of iconic musical.

Carrie Underwood thinks of her favorite things when she gets cruel tweets from unsatisfied viewers of the latest incarnation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.”

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Starting them young

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For a 5-year-old boy whose exposure to Philippine performing arts is primarily limited to TV, videos on DVD or YouTube, watching live original Filipino theater productions is a welcome treat!

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Nora Aunor, ‘Katy!’ win big at 26th Aliw Awards

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FIVE Aliw trophies, all in a row, won by “Katy’s” exceptional artists attest to the hit musical’s unprecedented victory.

The gifted artists behind Spotlight’s “Katy!” were in a celebratory mood last Tuesday when the 26th Aliw Awards recognized the biggest and brightest achievers in the country’s live entertainment scene in a long and lavish ceremony—with good reason:

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From ‘maindie’ to indie

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DOMINGO. Boosts alternative film’s income-generating prospects. cinemalaya.org

After almost 10 years, the annual Cinemalaya indie festival and competition is fielding the biggest number of “maindie” stars to date in its currently ongoing edition: Vilma Santos in “Ekstra,” Gretchen Barretto in “The Diplomat Hotel,” Eugene Domingo in “Instant Mommy,” Lovi Poe in “Sana Dati,” Angel Aquino in “Porno,” Anita Linda in “David F.,” Jake Cuenca in “Nuebe,” Alessandra de Rossi in “Liars”—etc.!

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Sky’s the limit for Sheng Belmonte

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BELMONTE IN “KATY!” Show-stopping bump-and-grind comedy-musical number with Quizon (right). photo: judebautista.wordpress.com

Established entertainers can’t afford to rest on their laurels this season, because a number of exceptionally gifted young comers are working hard to enjoy their rightful share of the show biz sun—and spotlight.

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Many more possibilities for new Filipino musicals

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ISAY Alvarez (right) and Epy Quizon reprise roles in July-August restaging of “Katy!” at Meralco Theater.

After our hit revival staging of the “Katy!” musical last January (repeats are in July-August at Meralco Theater; call Spotlight Artists Centre at 899-8089 or 0922 898-6644 for sponsorships), we were asked by some popular performers for concepts for other new Filipino musicals for them to star in.

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Zialcita deserves a retrospective

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ELLEN SANTAMARIA, businesswoman: “I am saddened by the death of director Danny Zialcita. I hope CCP would organize a retrospective of his classics, like ‘Nagalit Ang Buwan Sa Haba Ng Gabi,” “Palabra de Honor” and “Dear Heart.”

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Aicelle Santos seizes the day

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SANTOS. “Katy’s” exciting new find has big shoes to fill.

We couldn’t stop raving about the exceptional performances turned in by the gifted actors of “Katy” at its CCP restaging last month. We have directed our fair share of straight plays and musicals since 2001, and we know only too well how difficult it is to coax “even” portrayals from a huge cast with disparate skills and strengths.

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Tirso, Epy earn exultant ovations in ‘Katy’

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CRUZ. His thespic feat was hailed as a “revelation.”

Two of the lead players in Spotlight Artist Centre’s hit restaging of “Katy” who got exultant ovations from theater lovers were TV-film stars, Tirso Cruz III and Epy Quizon.

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Message received–loud and clear

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ALVAREZ. Uncommonly long and “passionate” reception

The cast and production staff of the current revival staging of “Katy!” at the CCP Little Theater worked really hard to get the musical in shape for its Press Night last Jan. 16— so, they were relieved when the show was given a standing ovation by the SRO audience!

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Tirso Cruz III cherishes challenging role in ‘Katy’

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CRUZ. Tough but fulfilling balancing act.

It’s fascinating to watch Tirso Cruz III at the rehearsals of “Katy,” which began its two-week, 12-show run at the CCP on Jan. 17 (call 891-9999). As pleasantly surprised as we are about how he has maintained his youthful good looks, his co-actors tell us that the seasoned former screen partner of Nora Aunor is likewise devoid of bad attitude—and is a joy to work with.

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