By Rito P. Asilo
Markki Stroem is playing Shane Gray in the stage version of Disney’s “Camp Rock,” which wraps up its run at Repertory Philippines tomorrow. But, the hunky Filipino-Norwegian runner-up of “Pilipinas Got Talent” swears he’s farthest from Joe Jonas’ singing, dancing and tweener-baiting alter ego. He quips, “This is my ‘happy’ side—but, I’m more comfortable in ‘darker,’ unconventional fare.”
By Nestor U. Torre
THIS month’s nostalgic trip down memory lane in show business takes us all the way back to the ’80s, when “Two for the Road” was a late-evening viewing treat for viewers, who loved the iconic Elvira Manahan’s penchant for dishing out, not the dirt, but the stardust, at many celebrities and showbiz luminaries. Elvira’s hearty signature laugh was a must-hear for night owls who wanted to shoo their blues away, and is vividly remembered to this day by some seniors in the golden glow of their sunset years.
Manila’s pioneer theater groups, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and Repertory Philippines, are producing the much-awaited encore performances of the hit musical comedy “Care Divas” this Saturday and Sunday at Greenbelt, Onstage.
By Lea Salonga
Monday night last week, I headed to OnStage Greenbelt to see an early technical rehearsal of Repertory Philippines’ production of “Jekyll & Hyde.” The show was in its developmental stage. Costumes were incomplete and not yet distressed; not everyone was using makeup; wigs were being evaluated; lighting needed to be focused and properly cued; entrances [...]
By Lea Salonga
A few days ago, I tweeted that I had become that mom: the one who shuttles her kid to and from activities throughout the week. The one that my own mother was, back in my prepubescent days, when she took me to tapings, recording sessions, dance classes and theater rehearsals. It’s my turn now to take Nicole to art classes, swimming and ballet.