“Mamma Mia!” Returns to Manila This September!

I remember watching Mamma Mia! when it was first staged here in 2012. The music was beautiful (I am a huge ABBA fan) but I couldn’t see much because I was seated in what is fondly called the nosebleed section. Oh, how I wished I was closer so I could see the colorful costumes and the grand set. Luckily, a film adaptation was already out by then so I could fully appreciate the musical.

Now, I can relive the magic of the stage version because Mamma Mia! is returning to Manila on September 29 as part of their international tour!

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“Arsenic and Old Lace” is a Comedy About Elderly Aunts… With a Taste For Murder

Repertory Philippines’ Arsenic and Old Lace starts out innocent enough: we are introduced to Abby and Martha Brewster, two elderly sisters who live in a quaint and cozy home. On the outside, they look like the sweetest of sisters, always looking out for other people and joining their local church’s charities. But what people don’t know is that they have a taste for death. What follows is a rip-roaring black comedy about madness, mayhem, and murder.

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“The Lion King” Musical is a Visual Spectacle That Will Bring On Nostalgia

Many of us grew up watching The Lion King, the Disney classic set in the Pride Lands, where the cub Simba flees into exile after he thinks he is responsible for the death of his father, the king Mufasa. The film achieved box office and critical success but for us, we remember it for its story and its songs, like “Circle of Life” and “I Just Can’t Wait to be King.”

So imagine everyone’s surprise when it was announced that the musical adaptation, which is the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time, will be visiting Manila. I watched during the gala night and was blown away by the set, the costumes, and the song numbers. Suddenly I was five years old again, watching the animated film on VHS.

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Ballet Manila’s “Swan Lake” is Spellbinding and Magical

Any conversation on ballet will inevitably touch on Swan Lake, one of the form’s most timeless pieces. I was lucky enough to have seen it again, this time from Ballet Manila, and I was spellbound by the magic I saw on stage.

Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful young princess who is turned into a white swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The only way to break the spell is for a virgin to fall in love with her and promise eternal fidelity. Siegfried, a young prince who needs to find a bride, meets her and falls in love, but the sorcerer has other plans, using the black swan.

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