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Now, for the really tough part

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AICELLE SANTOS IN “RAK OF AEGIS.” Great ensemble performances helped make up for storytelling lapses.

A couple of seasons ago, we cited the makers of the Apo movie musical, “I Do Bidoo Bidoo,” for their big, bright brainstorm of coming up with a fun storyline that stitched together some of the popular singing group’s iconic songs.

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Rachelle Ann Go: West End, here I come

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RACHELLE Ann Go, who plays Gigi in the coming revival of “Miss Saigon,” stars in a send-off concert on Feb. 22 at Meralco Theater. RODEL ROTONI

All she ever wanted to do was sing, record one album and star in one big concert. Rachelle Ann Go did all that—and then some, after winning the 2004 singing contest, “Search for a Star.” For a while, the 27-year-old thought that was it, she couldn’t ask for more. She was wrong.   Throughout her [...]

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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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No one mourns the wicked

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JEMMA Rix as Elphaba (left) and Suzie Mathers as Glinda in “Wicked”. Andrew Ritchie

Friday night last week, my family headed to the CCP Main Theater to see one of my favorite shows: “Wicked.” Based on the Gregory Maguire novel, this Stephen Schwartz musical (book by Winnie Holzman) offers a probable backstory to the events prior to, concurrent with, and following those that took place in the film, “The [...]

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They sang their hearts out for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

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Speaking to an audience on its feet in a packed 1,500-seat theater, French musical theater composer Claude-Michel Schonberg thanked the Philippines for singer Lea Salonga, “your national treasure,” who, he said helped him and lyricist/librettist Alain Boublil put together a two-night fundraiser for “Yolanda” survivors that opened last night.

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‘Do You Hear’ all-star cast not collecting talent fees

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PINOY team includes (from left) Jon Joven, Leo Tavarro Valdez, Lea Salonga, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Carla Guevara-Laforteza

The Philippine leg of the Asia-Pacific concert tour “Do You Hear the People Sing?” (DYHTPS) marks the first and, possibly, only time when Filipinos who are, and have been, cast in Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg productions will perform together.

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‘Wicked’ spellbinds stars

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LEA SALONGA (third from left) with (from left) mom Ligaya, husband Robert Chien and  daughter Nicole

Singer Rachelle Ann Go admitted that she imagined a different scenario when she joined the audience in a standing ovation for the cast of the Broadway musical “Wicked” on gala night last Friday.

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Best wishes for Sharon

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Geraldine Acosta, businesswoman: “I have a strong feeling that Sharon Cuneta will surprise us this year. My wishes for her this year: I hope she wins the battle of the bulge, gets her dream role in a movie, topbills an original Filipino stage musical, and writes a book about her life. Belated happy birthday, Shawie —you will always be my Megastar!”

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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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‘Wicked’ prince still gets nervous

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MODERN stage depiction of Emerald City

“If you never dream, you’ll never have a dream come true,” said Australian actor Steve Danielsen, one of the newest cast members of the Australasian production of the hit musical “Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz.”

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Jon Jon Briones–truly homegrown talent

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BRIONES. Reprises demanding and attention-calling role.

Kudos to Rachel Ann Go for getting the plum supporting role of Gigi in next year’s revival production of “Miss Saigon” in London. We’re sure that Isay Alvarez, the role’s originator in the hit musical’s first production, will give Rachel Ann very helpful advice on how to make full use of the golden opportunity for artistic growth and fulfillment that’s just been presented to her.

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Papal award is a gratifying affirmation for Ryan Cayabyab

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CAYABYAB. At 59 going 60, the best is yet to come for the country’s favorite Music Man, seen here with his wife, Emmy.

Ryan Cayabyab exceptional musicals, compositions and other performing arts, TV and f’silm involvements have been a major part of the local cultural scene for decades, winning for him multiple, well-deserved awards and accolades. In fact, a growing number of people wonder why the top National Artist honor is not yet one of them—but, that’s another story.

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