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Mark Bautista rides dictator’s coattails to West End

MARK BAUTISTA

The extraordinary road to the West End for the Philippines’ Mark Bautista began with singing boy-band covers at shopping malls and a long ride from poverty aboard a cargo ship.

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Fun, shock, awe and all that jazz

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Watching the multiple Tony Award winner “Chicago The Musical” was sort of like reading the papers. It rankled, but only after one left the theater, much like the way reported news these days seem unreal at first, and then, as they say, reality bites: It could happen to anyone anywhere, any of it.

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You may want to bring him bananas

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JAMES Percy, left, and Ben Stratton perform in Manila for the first time.

You’d probably want to bring him bananas, preferably local varieties that he never knew existed—saba, señorita, latundan. And make that before the show.

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‘Miss Saigon’ family reunion

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CHRISES and Kims, then and now: (From left) Simon Bowman, the author, Alistair Brammer and Eva Noblezada

It was the family reunion to end all family reunions. Members of generations past, both distant and recent, plus those of the present, came together, sharing different stories that were somehow the same.

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Lion King best-selling production of all time

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Blockbuster musical “The Lion King” was on Monday named the most successful production in history, raking in $6.2 billion at the box office — more than any other stage show or movie.

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