Concerts, plays, and shows to watch in 2010 gives you the lowdown on foreign acts, concerts and plays that you should clear your calendars for.

This year, Manila will play host to rock bands, Broadway musicals, and an American Idol.



When: January 9, Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where: SM Mall of Asia concert grounds
Ticket prices: P7,500, P5,500, P4,000, P2,500, P1,500, P500

Postponing an earlier Manila concert in 2009 to star in a movie produced by Denzel Washington, R&B star Ne-Yo will be in Manila this January. Expect to hear his biggest hits, ''Because of You,'' ''Addicted,'' ''So Sexy'' and ''Go On Girl," along with new songs "Closer,'' ''Mad,'' ''Miss Independent'' and ''Part of the List" from his third and current CD, Year of the Gentleman.

Boys Like Girls with Hed Kandi
When: January 27, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Where: SMX Convention Center
Ticket prices: P3,696, P1,795.20

Boys Like Girls, the rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, has sold more than 3 million digital singles - including 1.5 million copies of "The Great Escape," 900,000 copies of "Hero/Heroine" and 600,000 copies of "Thunder." They are set to perform with Hed Kandi's DJ Andy Norman, Johnboy Lee and Peyton at the SMX Convention Center.

Call Bigfish Manila for VIP tickets at 632-7762 and 634-8238.

Kris Allen with the Jabbawockeez
When: February 6, Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where: McKinley Hills concert grounds, Taguig
Ticket prices: P8,428.80, P5,268, P3,160.80, P1,580.40, P526.80

Kris Allen, winner of the latest season of American Idol, will be joined by all-male hip hop dance group, Jabbawockeez. Allen's self-titled album debuted at number 11 on the US Billboard 200 in 2009.

Call Ticketworld at 891-999 for reservations or Fearless Productions at 232-8906.


Charice in Concert with Ryan Cayabyab featuring Eric Santos, George Yang and Ogie Alcasid
When: February 14, Sunday, 8 p.m.
Where: PICC Plenary Hall
Ticket Prices: P5,808, P5,492, P5,069, P4,541, P4,013, P2,957, P1,901, P845

Charice Pempengco's Valentine concert features Erik Santos, George Yang and Ogie Alcasid as special guests. Charice, who gained worldwide recognition when she appeared in Ellen and Oprah, will perform a repertoire of pop, R&B and soul.

Chicago Live in Manila
When: February 16, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Where: Araneta Coliseum
Ticket prices: P4,964, P4,752, P3,696, P2,640, P1,056, P528

Formed in 1967, Chicago became famous for their hit ballads "If You Leave Me Now," "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," and "You're the Inspiration." Despite the change in members through the years, the group is still active and released the album, Chicago XXX in 2006.

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Backstreet Boys
February 27, Saturday, 8 p.m.
Araneta Coliseum
Ticket prices:
P4,760, P4,280, P3,810, P2,860, P960, P480

Catchy pop tunes and incredible dance moves made the Backstreet Boys one of the most popular boy bands in the '90s. Multi-Grammy nominated with their first seven albums reaching top ten on the US Billboard 200, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and A. J. McLean were among the world's highest-paid live entertainers.

Tickets to be released soon, contact Ticketnet at 911-5555 for updates.

When: March 9, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Where: SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds
Ticket prices: P3,950, P1,550, P550

Punk and emo-band Paramore is composed of Hayley Williams (lead vocals, keyboards), Josh Farro (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jeremy Davis (bass guitar), Zac Farro (drums), and Taylor York (rhythm guitar).   Nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008 for "Best New Artist," the group is known for putting on electrifying live shows.



When: March 10, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Where: Araneta Coliseum
Ticket prices: to be announced

R&B and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist-keyboardist, record producer, record company owner, film producer, and entrepreneur Babyface is responsible for a staggering 41 No. 1 R&B hits, 51 Top 10 pop hits, including 16 No. 1 pop hits, amassing sales that exceed 100 million units.

Owl City
When: March 14, Sunday, 8 p.m.
Where: SMX Convention Center
Ticket prices: P3696, P1,796

Making music in his parents' basement because of bouts with insomnia, Adam Young's project spawned the hit song, "Fireflies," which became one of the most downloaded songs on iTunes in the United States in 2009.


Then and Now concert series
When: to be announced
Where: SM Mall of Asia Concert grounds
Ticket Price: to be announced

A live production with an all-star, old-school lineup composed of hit artists from the '90s singing all their greatest hits. A number of foreign acts will perform favorites that local fans are familiar with, like "Fast Car" and "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss."


Artists include: JoJo, Baby Bash, Diana King, rapper TQ, Tracy Chapman, Exposé, P.M. Dawn, Frankie J., and Paula DeAnda.

Kings of Convenience
When: March 31, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Where: Venue to be announced

Norwegian indie pop-folk duo Kings of Convenience is known for delicate tunes, guitar melodies and calming songs. Their third album, Declaration of Dependence, was released in October 2009.

Tears for Fears
May 2, Sunday
Araneta Coliseum
Ticket prices:
to be announced

The pop-rock duo is one of the music icons of the 1980s, with their hits "Mad World," "Shout,"and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." Their Manila stop is part of their South East Asian tour for 2010.


Plays and Shows


NOAH (No Ordinary Aquatic Habitat)
Playdates: January 15, 16, 17
Where: Meralco Theater

Trumpets retells the classic story of the Biblical patriarch and his famous ark with heart, compassion, hope and joy with another original musical, N.O.A.H. (No Ordinary Aquatic Habitat). Carlo Orosa will play Noah and Sheila Francisco stars as Mrs. Noah.


Rescheduled dates for the postponed performances of the show:
- September 26, 3 p.m. has been rescheduled to January 16, 3 p.m.
- September 26, 8 p.m. has been rescheduled to January 16 8 p.m.
- September 27, 3 p.m. has been rescheduled to January 17, 3 p.m.


January 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. with 3:30 p.m. matinees on January 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31
Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City
Ticket Prices:
P600, P400, P300

Peter Quilter's Duets has four different vignettes with four sets of characters. Set in glorious comedy, the play explores the hilarious nuances of love in seemingly impossible, but extremely funny situations. The staging by Repertory Philippines will be directed by Ana Abad Santos. Veteran actors Joy Virata and Miguel Faustmann will take on all four sets of characters.





Rent in Manila
Playdates: Feb 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Tower, Makati City
Ticket prices: P1,700, P1,600, P1,400, P1,100, P800

Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking and multi-awarded rock musical, RENT, will be staged in Manila by 9 Works Theatrical. Directed by Robbie Guevara, the ensemble will include Gian Magdangal (Footloose, West Side Story), Fred Lo (N.O.A.H.), Nicole Asensio, Cara Barredo (Mulan Jr., The Fantasticks), Job Bautista, OJ Mariano, Carla Guevara-Laforteza (Miss Saigon, Spelling Bee, Avenue Q), Jenny Villegas, Noel Rayos (Company, Hairspray), Raul Montesa (Man of La Mancha, Sweeney Todd), Guji Lorenzana (West Side Story), Gary Junsay (Sweeney Todd), Johann de la Fuente (Footloose, Spelling Bee), Anna Santamaria, Ring Antonio (Once On This Island, Sweeney Todd), Peachy Atilano, and Harold Cruz.

Based on Giacomo Puccini's LA BOHEME, RENT, written by Larson, is the story of Bohemian New Yorkers Mark, Roger, Maureen, Tom Collins, Angel, Mimi, Joanne, and their friends -- all struggling to survive during the rise of a mysterious, deadly disease, AIDS, and the ever prevalent economic crisis in the late '90s.





Romeo and Bernadette
Playdates: February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. with 3:30 p.m. matinees on February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.
Where: Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City

This musical comedy is a take-off from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this version by Repertory Philippines, Romeo does not die but takes a sleeping potion and wakes up on Broadway in 1960. He doesn't fall in love with Juliet. Instead, he runs after someone he thinks is Juliet.



Avenue Q
Playdates: March 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Tower, Makati City

Inspired by the characters of Sesame Street, Avenue Q is set in the boroughs of New York, with puppet characters sharing the stage with human actors. Several characters are parodies of those from Sesame Street: roommates Rod and Nicky are based on Bert and Ernie, while Trekkie Monster is based on Cookie Monster. Avenue Q's quirky characters, however, deal with adult problems and sex. Homosexuality and purpose are recurring themes in both dialogue and music. Rachel Alejandro stars.



Legally Blonde
Playdates: June 25, 26, 27, July 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18
Where: Meralco Theatre

Based on the book by Heather Hach and music and lyrics by Laurence O' Keefe   and Nell Benjamin, Legally Blonde tells the story of Elle Woods, a girl who enrolls at Harvard to win back her ex-boyfriend, Warner. Nikki Gil stars as Elle Woods.




Repertory Philippines' Equus
Playdates: July 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. with 3:30 p.m. matinees on July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25.
Where: Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City

Peter Shaffer's powerful, riveting drama invades the dark corners of the human psyche.   The play focuses on the naked reality of what contemporary society can do to the human soul.



Playdates: July 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, August 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Where: Main Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines
Ticket Prices:
Matinees at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays:
P7,210, P5,150, P3,605, P2,060, P1,030
Evenings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: P6,180, P4,635, P3,090, P1,545, P 772.50
Evenings on Fridays and Saturdays: P7,210, P5,150, P3,605, P2,060, P1,030

With magnificent music composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, including the poignant hit song "Memory," an imaginative set, inspired choreography and stunning costumes, Cats is a brilliant song and dance spectacular not to be missed as it makes its premiere in Manila.


The story is based on a series of poems by T.S. Eliot. The stage set is a garbage dump, three times larger than life, where the Jellicle Cats come out to play. It is the night of the annual Jellicle Ball when their leader, Old Deuteronomy, will announce the name of the cat who will be reborn to a new life in the Heavyside Layer. The announcement will be made just before dawn. While they wait, the cats amuse themselves (and us!) with stories of famous cats of the past and present. Dawn comes and Old Deuteronomy gathers the cats together for his announcement of the name of the cat to be reborn. Lea Salonga stars.



Repertory Philippines' Sleeping Beauty
Playdates: August 14 to December 10
Where: Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City

A new look at an old, old tale: Sleeping Beauty is not only the spellbound beauty, the Prince is an enchanted Faun, and his kisses release more than one spell, to the dismay of the wicked Fairy Trollarina.




Playdates: September 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19,
Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Tower, Makati City

A musical-comedy based on the cult film of the same name, the musical tells the story of a Greek muse, Clio, who descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny.   But when Clio, disguised as an Australian roller girl named Kira, falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and Clio risks eternal banishment to the underworld.




A Little Night Music
Playdates: October 2010
Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Tower, Makati City

Inspired by Ingmar Bergman's film, Smiles of a Summer Night, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the musical stars actress Dawn Zulueta and is about several couples, mismatched lovers and the romantic complications as they spend a deliriously mad-capped weekend at a country estate. It is a whimsical and magical musical that asks whether love is the meaning of life. It also features the most popular song in the Sondheim catalog, "Send in the Clowns," and is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical.



Repertory Philippines' Little Women
Playdates: November 19 to December 12
Where: Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City

Louis May Alcott's classic tale is set to music by Jason Howard, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. The story, with its warm, feel-good theme focuses on the March family, Marmee and her four girls, and is a timeless reminder of what family is truly all about.


Images from (P.M. Dawn), and courtesy of Gwen Carino (cast of "Rent"), Oliver Oliveros (Duets),

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