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Thank you, thank you

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AUTHOR receives Aliw’s  best major concert trophy. Facebook of Tin Samson

I couldn’t think of another way to start this article, except to say, “Thank you, Aliw Awards.”

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‘Chicago’ in Manila starting Dec. 3

MEXICAN television superstar Bianca Marroquin (center) plays Roxie Hart.

Ladies and gentlemen, [this is] the first time, anywhere [in the country], that there’s been an act of this nature: Not only one little lady but two! You’ve read about them in the papers and now here they are—a double header! [Two] killer-dealers [and] scintillating sinners: Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly.

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Backstage chat with The Engineer

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“SAIGON” stars Eva Noblezeda (Kim) and Jon Jon Briones (The Engineer) during the “Hunger Games” premiere party at the Victoria House, London

Jon Jon Briones looked fresh and relaxed in his spacious dressing room at London’s Prince Edward Theatre despite having sang, danced and acted as The Engineer in “Miss Saigon” just a few minutes before. In The Engineer’s red-and-black jacket and pants, the actor earlier acknowledged the audience’s cheers and standing ovation for him and the rest of the cast. He has changed into a brown half-zip jacket, red shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes and warmly received us.

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‘Chicago’ as tribute to a beloved mentor

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Repeatedly, musical theater enthusiasts are reminded that the 16-year-old version of “Chicago the Musical” that is Manila-bound next week was choreographed by Ann Reinking “in the style of Bob Fosse,” one of its three original creators.

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Here lies a heart fattened by pride

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AUTHOR with Mark Bautista, whom she finds “charming, charismatic, sexy, strong” as Ferdinand Marcos.  photo: Facebook

On my last trip to New York, I missed the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical “Here Lies Love” (still playing at The Public Theater until Jan. 3, 2015). When the opportunity struck for me to catch it at the Dorfman Theatre in London, I went.

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