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.
By Lea Salonga
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.”
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.”
By Rito P. Asilo
It is not unusual for popular theater productions to take the big leap from stage to screen (“The Sound of Music,” “Chicago,” “Mamma Mia”), but it’s trickier for film classics to jump to the stage, like the visually enchanting but ultimately unsatisfying “Lord of the Rings” musical (which returns to the stage in 2015)—because actualizing their rabid followers’ high expectations is close to impossible!
By Allan Policarpio
Mark Bautista, one of the lead actors of the coming West End staging of the musical “Here Lies Love,” knows only too well that portraying a controversial and polarizing figure like the late President Ferdinand Marcos is bound to generate mixed reactions, especially in social media.