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‘Miss Saigon’s’ homegrown Kim is living her dream

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MANALANG (AND WITH ALISTAIR BRAMMER, INSET). Has learned to be more independent.

It has been four months since Tanya Manalang began her stint as Fil-Am Eva Noblezada’s alternate in the coveted role of Kim in the West End revival of “Miss Saigon.” But, the petite 26-year-old stage actress still can’t believe her luck. She beams, “Getting cast in the musical has always been a dream—and now I’m living it!”

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Pottedheads, not potheads–what’s the difference?

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ACTOR Ben Stratton and “Potted Potter” cocreator Jeff Turner banter with Filipino journalists in London. EMMIE G. VELARDE

Just to set it straight: They are Pottedheads, one syllable more, and yes, the symptoms could get identical but only on the manic end (forget the crash).

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New Minstrels Divos in Teatrino repeat Sept. 13, 19

Fresh from a successful debut at The Teatrino last June, The New Minstrels Divos, a new singing group formed by former members of the New Minstrels, will be back in two performances. The shows, dubbed “Sincerely, The New Minstrels Divos: The Repeat,” will be held at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium of the RCBC Plaza on Sept. 13 and 19.

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Hard to watch is good

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MICHAEL Williams and Agot Isidro in “Rabbit Hole”      photo by RAUL MONTESSA

I must have been in a melancholy mood as the Chinese Ghost Month came to an end. Friday and Sunday, I took in theater offerings that made me want to reach for my proverbial stash of tissue paper: Red Turnip Theater’s “Rabbit Hole” and 9Works Theatrical’s “The Last Five Years.”

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Showstoppers galore in ‘Chicago,’ Manila-bound this December

The hit cabaret-style “Bedazzled” show at Club Mwah in Mandaluyong City has taken several incarnations. Of only two numbers that have remained on the playlist for 10 years (since the revue was launched), the one acclaimed more for a no-nonsense approach than for unbridled hilarity (like many of the others) is the drag-queen company’s take on “Cell Block Tango,” from the Tony award-winning “Chicago The Musical.”

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