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The girl who would be Kim

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EVA NOBLEZADA did a lot of character analyses on Kim,  “to color her personality, culture and background.” photo by Matthew Murphy

And it has happened again. Twenty-five years after the first worldwide search for Kim in 1989, for the original production of “Miss Saigon,” another one was held to find another young lady to play that same role for the revival of that same show. The list of similarities between the two young ladies is eerie. To start with, they are the same height (5’ 3”) and share the same zodiac sign (Pisces) and a love for video games.

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New York state of happy

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SALONGA. Something to look forward to.

I took a brief trip to New York last week for a little bit of work. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to take in a couple of Broadway shows in the process. This season has been an interesting one, what with the opening of several really great shows and the closing of a few others. Since my time in New York was severely limited, there was time to take in only two of them, and I believe I chose well: “Aladdin,” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

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Filipino ‘Engineer’ a ‘sleazier’ smash hit in Miss Saigon revival in London

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THE STANDOUT, SCENE STEALER Jon Jon Briones came from ensemble to front and center and the leading role where every night is a standing ovation. MATTHEW MURPHY/ WWW.MISS-SAIGON.COM

The heat is on in “(Miss) Saigon” and the critics have spoken: Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer in the hit musical’s revival production in London’s West End is “the show’s standout, stealing every scene his Engineer comes close to.” This is the verdict from the premier theater website Broadway World UK, which hails the Filipino-American actor for “bringing freshness and exuberance to a role he knows so very well.”

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Jed Madela mulls crossover to musical theater

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THE POP singer will perform an eclectic set of hits in a concert on Friday.

Compliments are more meaningful, singer Jed Madela said, when coming from people he looks up to, like musical theater stalwarts Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil.

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‘Stomp,’ look … and listen

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PERFORMERS agree that cheekiness and humor make the show constantly “fresh.”

The critically acclaimed percussion-dance act “Stomp” kicked off a very limited (six days) Manila run at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater on Tuesday night, delighting a packed crowd with meticulously choreographed, seamlessly woven routines that fused an array of thumping beats and rhythms with equally robust movements.

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