The Lion King Manila

The Lion King Manila

“Hakuna Matata!”

I have been defiant to see The Lion King on stage, I have qualms as to how they will translate scenes from the jungle to the stage. Though I remember being astonished when I watched “Phantom of the Opera” and didn’t expect how they did magic on the boat on the water scene.

But then, one of my favorite characters is Simba and Rafiki. Not to forget these cute tandem: Timon & Pumba! =)

So after seeing it, I just kept on admiring the brains behind all the stage plays I’ve seen. How they bring scenes to life. How they evoke emotions. How they attain recognition with so much ease.

Photo grabbed from: https://www.instagram.com/thelionkingph/?hl=en

We weren’t able to squeeze ourselves to those huge posters for our souvenir photos, we’re in a hurry to get home because my mom is sick. I almost couldn’t post this.

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There was a standing ovation. Kudos to everyone who made this show possible. We’re looking forward to the next!

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Les Mis’ I Won’t Miss!

Les Mis’ I Won’t Miss

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”
~Victor Hugo~ from Les Misérables 

A few years ago, after my long – time friend and I watched Phantom of the Opera. We were hoping for “Les Miserables” to be brought to Manila.

Then, as of the last quarter of 2015, there were announcements that the longest running musical will be here next year. It is the first time that said musical will be brought to the Philippines. Immediately after the news were all over, Beth and I are already discussing about it. Her elder sister, Ate Jane will go with us and my foodie travel buddy Jen will go with us too.

After a few weeks that the the tickets are already available for selling. We already had ours. We were just counting the days for the schedule that we have taken.

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Photo courtesy of: http://www.lesmis.com/manila/

It didn’t surprise us that the show have been extended.

At last, this is the day.

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❤ ❤ ❤

I never wanted to miss this since It brought me memories of my late father.

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Photo courtesy of: http://www.dispatch.com

Of Victor Hugo, the depth of his mind, the way he expressed life, the songs they created out of his story, the passion I see in every performer, which niche I once dreamt to belong, and not to forget mentioning that included in the cast are proudly Filipinos.

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Enjolras.
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Cast Members…
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Photo courtesy of: http://www.cameronmackintosh.com/

Here are some of the songs I’ve always loved, and been singing since.

– In My Life

– I Dream a Dream

– On My Own

– A Heart Full of Love

– One Day More

I could not forget to mention how I cringe with their rendition of One Day More. Only a genius can incorporate entirely different songs and make them blend perfectly rendered by powerful voices and a magnificent orchestra that you could ever heard of.

Claude-Michel Schönberg is one of greatest composers the world has ever known.

I agree that this musical is wistful. But then, they were able to inject some scenes that made us laugh too.

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Photo courtesy of: http://www.lesmis.com/manila/

“Watch ’em run amuck,
Catch ’em as they fall,
Never know your luck
When there’s a free for all,
Here’s a little “dip”
There a little “touch”
Most of them are goners
So they won’t miss much!”

I put on some make-up preparing myself for this night, it would help me repress my tears from falling in anticipation, however, I ended up with mascara smudges in the lids of my eyes. My tears ardently fell during the heavy scenes as if they have a mind of their own and were yelling freedom.

We were laughing about it after watching. The crowd was of all ages. There are kids, Grannies, and teenagers too.

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They already knew I cried. ahaha!
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My friends since the 90s! All three, Beth, Jane and Leo are all singers! And they are all good!!
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Jen, Beaut, Beth and Jane. =)

I just noticed the knee room of Solaire Theatre is kinda cramped, there is not much ample space for us when we were passing by those who were sitted already since our seats are located in the middle. Good thing they are nice enough, I hear “It’s Okay” for several times when saying “Excuse me and I’m sorry” sounded like our spiel until we reached our seats.

I even saw some men were sitted uncomfortably since their knees are already touching the back of the seats in front of us.

Still, Solaire is a great place.

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The walkways are really huge and carpeted too.
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Flowers for Eponine..
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On the left is where we got our souvenirs..
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So excited to frame the cover of our playbill! =)

I am also prepared in terms of what I was wearing, the acu last time was fierce. I wore a black dress that I won’t call an LBD because it is big even if its’ just knee-length, the fabric that Anna Sui used was woven polyester enough to warm me plus the inside shirt I wore.

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I loved this shot by Jen!

We practically enjoyed this show, just like everyone else there. It was worth it.

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The words of France’s most favorite son.
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Freedom wall!=)

I can’t wait to frame my playbill!

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Looking forward to see more shows…
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Outside the theatre of Solaire.. Photo courtesy of: http://victorbasa.net/2016/03/30/les-miserables/

And looking forward to see “Wicked” next year. It is gonna be their second visit to this country. =)

Les Miserables comes to Manila

I’m just so excited and I thought I’d share!

Courtesy of: https://solaireresort.com/entertainment/les-miserables/
Courtesy of:
https://solaireresort.com/entertainment/les-miserables/

Actual blog to follow soon! Happy viewing! =)

 

Phantom of the Opera in Manila

Phantom of the Opera

“If you see only one show make sure it is this one.” – The Daily Mirror (UK)

“Le Fantome del’ Opera” or Phantom of the Opera, a play originally taken from the magnificent imagination of a French novelist: Gaston Leroux. It was in 1986, when Andrew Lloyd Webber, the famous British composer who also did Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Tell me on a Sunday among others turned Phantom into a musical.

I love the story being it a love story in the true essence of what love is and the twists and turns of it. It evolved with Christine Daae, whose song: Think of me has stayed in my heart and lovingly memorized it and found myself singing it in no time, it even became one of my mobile phone ring tones and my office mates would shriek thinking it was a soundtrack of a horror film until they get to listen to it they’d realized it was one from Phantom. That is how I loved the song. And then Raoul, and the Angel of the Music who happens to be the Phantom himself.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_of_the_Opera

I am specially awed by the Masquerade scene (which I intend to include in one of our competitions years ago in a theme park where I used to be working. The group used it the following year and had actually won)

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Looked wondrous on stage, so colorful!
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The Masquerade scene..

and the boat scene which I kept on imagining as to how it was executed on stage. I have been tempted time and again to Google it and thanks to my hard-earned patience and of wanting to surprise myself, I have resisted the temptation.

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The boat scene..

In the movie of course, the boat scene is on real water and I kept on guessing how are they going to do it on stage?

When news abound that the musical will be brought to Manila. I am so agitated as to whom to be with as everyone is so busy at that time. Besides, I only have less than a dozen close friends who has a liking into watching stage plays. Until my high school/ choirmate friend happened to be also waiting for the Phantom, made me almost jump out of gratefulness and that there is no need for me to be watching it “alone”.

Ironically, while we were waiting for the show to start, at the lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines,

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This often got my attention each time I am at CCP, it is only now that I got an angle of it. =)

while we were cam-whoring, a lady approached us and volunteered to take our picture together and that we will take hers in return. She confessed that she is alone and she somehow got tired of taking “selfies”.  And we did take her picture (s), she was so grateful and we shared with her that had it not for Beth I might be watching it all by myself too. And we might find each other again and probably take each other’s picture. When she left, we were both laughing, and my friend was teasing me not to worry next time as I am not alone on it at all. Seriously, that woman has inspired me. I am officially unafraid now to watch musicals alone. ahaha! Just as long I will be able to spot two girlfriends alternately taking solo pictures and “selfies” trying all angles just so to fit in the camera’s border!

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Here’s Beth..
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And moi!
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And our picture together courtesy of the lady who went to watch the show alone..

I like this musical best among the others because of the lesson it imparts. A person need not be misled by the way he looks like from the outside, as what counts most is how we looked from the inside. I like the plot, the arrangement of the synopsis and the more I get excited to actually see how it was presented on stage. The plummeting chandelier, the masquerade, the scene from the roof top, the politics on stage, the funny side of it, the cemetery scene, and the love realized even after so many years have passed.

Out of excitement, I left early and didn’t eat anything when my stomach ached, I had to buy some biscuit. Not consuming it all, I kept them inside my bag. Much to my surprise, even if i kept in under some stuff in my bag, the guard discovered it and since food is prohibited inside, you could just imagine the guard’s look on his face, turning his eyes from the cookies to my eyes which alerted me to say this immediately: “I’m so sorry Sir, I am so hungry but I promise not to consume them inside!” My friend was holding her laughter!

Please take a look at how did we smile after watching.

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Cameras are also prohibited inside! ssshhh! ahahaha!

Since Beth and I are both singers, there were instances that we duet with numbers that we knew and no one noticed!

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Actual costumes worn by the characters..
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I fell in love not with Raoul but with Erik!

My favorite songs in no specific order:

  • Think of me
  • Angel of Music (and dute w/ Meg Giry)
  • The Music of the Night
  • Masquerade
  • Wishing you were somehow here again (for my papa)

The carrier song “All I ask of you” didn’t appeal to me that much, although it’s just as lovely as the others, some songs are even fit to carry the musical, oh, to each his own.

And you wouldn’t believe, I knew them word per word. They’ve been my lullaby all these years bringing me to Dream land.

Speaking of Dream land, I was also wishing for another Miss Saigon visit to Manila. I missed it the last time. Looking forward to more shows. And more friends to accompany me too…(–,)

Whoever’s idea it is to bring this to Manila, thank you thank you so much! (–,)

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Thank you poster!

CATS In Manila

CATS in Manila

JEMIMA:
“Moonlight,
Turn your face to the moonlight,
Let your memory lead you,
Open up, enter in,
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is,
Then a new life will begin…”

I used to sing and act (a little) during school days. They call it “Teatro San Antonio”. I was not able to pursue this passion, though through the years, it was still in my heart.

Almost 10 years ago, working in a theme park requires talent, creativity and passion to entertain. The Entertainment Dept. of course in in charge of that, though the rest of the Departments like ours (Retail Operations) must uphold to the same goal. To entertain. And we did! There’s this annual inter-departmental competition to come up with a presentation (maximum of 12-15 performers) based on a specific theme. For 5 straight years. We won each year except for a certain year. Not bad, thats 4/5 wins! (–,) And we were able to establish a certain popularity. They would earlier suspect, that what we’re going to perform is something we took from Broadway. It has become our “Tour de Force”. The riddle is. what play would it be? We did “The Lion King”, “Ms. Saigon” (I was Kim! (–,)), “Grease” among many others. One of my favorites is “CATS”. You wouldn’t believe, I played “Jemima”.

After a few years, a friend of mine happily announced to me that Cameron Macintosh is bringing in “CATS” in Manila! I could not believe it but knew than whatever happens, I am going to see it! What made it more special, is that our very own Ms. Lea Salonga will play the lead role of “Grizabella”.

I finally did. I watched it with my soul buddy who willingly accompanied me because she herself likes Broadway hits as well. I’m so happy! We also tagged another friend. The more, the merrier.

As I was watching it, it brought me back while we were doing it, and it was a mixed-feeling. Had a lot of “I could haves” and always wondered why I did not pursue the passion (which eventually died a natural death) of performing on stage. I guess it’ll forever haunt me. From that, I learned, that we should always pursue what we love. Whatever it takes.

We were ecstatic, yelling (yes, yelling and screaming but of course at the end of the show!), there was a standing ovation at that time, and there have been good reviews which paved ways to more shows be brought in the Philippines. Yey! (–,)

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Our very own Ms. Lea Salonga.
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While waiting for the show to start!
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She’s my soul buddy! Trying to be silly then! Thank you Mr. Webber!
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After the show! Still entranced!
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(–,)
So happy! I hope there's more shows to come! Like Phantom, Le Miz, Grease, Chicago, Wicked, etc.
So happy! I hope there’s more shows to come! Like Phantom, Le Miserables, Grease, Lion King, Chicago, Wicked, and Miss Saigon