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Mark Bautista is West End-bound

MARK BAUTISTA

Mark Bautista had to keep his participation in the West End (London) production, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s “Here Lies Love,” a secret for a week. He couldn’t contain his excitement. The project’s enormity only hit him when he saw Lea Salonga’s congratulatory post on Facebook. “To be acknowledged by a Tony winner was a [...]

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Amid the dark, ‘Flipzoids’ stirs deep melancholy

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Two seconds was all it took for the two actors on stage to decide what to do when the power went out: Carry on. It was a good call.

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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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Theater actor Aaron Ching; 23

CHING in Peta’s 2013 production of “Maxie the Musical.” JUDE BAUTISTA

Stage actor Aaron Ching—known to local theater fans for his roles in such productions as “Stageshow,” “Katy,” “Maxie” and “Lorenzo,” and the GMA 7 show “Kambal Sirena”— passed away on June 30, at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila. He collapsed at a CCP theater festival. Reported cause of death was “gastrointestinal bleeding resulting from ulcers.” Ching was cremated on Saturday. Jude Bautista, contributor

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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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