One of my favorite discoveries of 2017 is that the Philippines has a full-length opera and it’s based on the famous Jose Rizal novel Noli Me Tangere. Now, it’s set to return to to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from March 8 to 10, 2019. This year’s run will coincide with the CCP’s 50th anniversary.
One of my theater regrets in 2018 was not seeing M. Butterfly. The play, adapted from the Tony Award-winning piece by David Henry Hwang, was a hit when it was staged in Manila, winning three out of its six nominations at last year’s Aliw Awards. I also have a personal stake since my first literary work was a screenplay of Giaccomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which I wrote when I was in the fifth grade. I’m not going to let it pass this time since it’s being staged again, and it’s going on a national tour!
There’s one show you shouldn’t dare miss if you’re a fan of both the Harry Potter franchise and theater. Potted Potter is returning to Manila this 2019!
Potted Potter condenses all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 minutes. The show features all your favorite characters, a fire-breathing dragon, costumes, songs, props, and lots of Hogwarts magic!
The show premiered in Manila in 2012, followed by sold-out performances in 2013 and 2014. Now it’ll be back with nine shows beginning March 20 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater.
One of the things I’m looking forward to this 2019 is the return of The Phantom of the Opera in Manila, which captivated audiences in 2012. I’m sad that I missed it during its first run but the musical will be back in two months and I will definitely not miss it this time. Tickets are now on sale so go buy if you haven’t yet!
I’m also excited because Concertus Manila announced the cast bringing the timeless story to life.
The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) has always produced material that reflects social issues. It’s something that they’ll push for in their 51th season, which will be entitled Stage of the Nation. This season, the company will utilize the arts and engage artists to contribute to the discourses that concern the Philippines.
The season will focus on topics like truth, historical revisionism, human rights, extrajudicial killings, martial law, the elections, and people’s participation.
It has already started with performances of Ang Buhay ni Galileo, A Game of Trolls, Jon Santos’s Trumperte, and the album launch of Buklod, but you can check out the upcoming shows. Better plan your social calendar already!
One of my biggest theater regrets is not seeing The Phantom of the Opera when it was staged in Manila in 2012. Back then, I wasn’t a fan of theater so I didn’t bother getting tickets. But since I became a convert, I was jealous of those who have seen the musical live and have heard my favorite song, also called “The Phantom of the Opera.”
Now I’ll get to finally see it because the show will be back in 2019 and you can already buy tickets!
Mamma Mia! has been dubbed the “world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical,” and it’s a title that’s well-deserved. I was able to join the gala night of Mamma Mia! in Manila, and I found myself dancing in my seat. My biggest challenge was not to sing along with the cast!
Mamma mia, here we go again!
The hit musical featuring the music of Swedish band ABBA is set to return to Manila for their international tour and they are opening this weekend, with performances from September 29 to October 21, 2018!