10 Plays and Musicals to Watch in 2014

Witches, ghosts, and cocks? Oh my!


(SPOT.ph) The year 2013 was booming for the Philippine theater industry. We produced award-winning stage dramas and original Filipino musicals that increased both ticket sales and appreciation for theater. Fresh off that success, here are the local productions and musical adaptations that are absolute must-sees in 2014, plus one grand flown-in musical that’s guaranteed to defy gravity.



Wait Until Dark

When: January 17 to February 19

Where: Onstage Theater, 2/F Greenbelt 1, Makati

Ticket prices: P600, P500, and P400

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld and Repertory Philippines

Cast: Liesl Batucan as Susy Henderson, Arnel Carrion as Sam Henderson, Jamie Wilson as Roat, Joel Trinidad as Mike, Robbie Guevara as Croker, and Dani Gana as Gloria

Synopsis: Based on the 1967 Alfred Hitchcock movie that starred Audrey Hepburn, Wait Until Dark is a thriller about a blind woman named Susy who is terrorized by crooks Mike and Croker, who work for a sinister boss named Roat. Turns out, Susy's husband Sam has been carrying a doll filled with heroin, and Roat attempts everything just to get that doll back, including squeezing information out of Susy through violent means.



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Wicked: The Untold Stories of the Witches of Oz

When: January 22 to February 23

Where: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater), Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

Ticket prices: P7,000, P5,800, P4,500, P3,500, P2,250 and P1,750

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld

Cast: Jemma Rix as Elphaba, Suzie Mathers as Glinda, and Steve Danielsen as Fiyero

Synopsis: Glee’s overkill aside, Wicked’s award-winning musical score has captured audiences all over the globe. This musical tells the story of Oz long before Dorothy dropped in. Two girls-one born with emerald-green skin, smart, sensitive, fiery and often misunderstood, and one born with porcelain skin, vain, popular and ambitious-end up as unlikely friends in campus. Watch their journey unfold as one ends up becoming Glinda the Good, and the other, The Wicked Witch of the West.




Rak of Aegis

When: January 31 to March 9

Where: PETA Theater Center, No.5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City

Ticket prices: P1,000, P800, and P600

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld and PETA Theater

Cast: Aicelle Santos/ Joan Bugcat as Aileen, Jerald Napoles/ Pepe Herrera as Tolits, Isay Alvarez-Seña as Mary Jane, with Robert Seña, Ro Alfonso, Jet Barrun, Kakai Bautista, Poppert Bernadas, Gimbey Dela Cruz, Neomi Gonzales, Carlon Matobato, Julienne Mendoza, John Moran, Gie Onida, Phillip Palmos, Myke Salomon, Paeng Sudayan, and Gold Villar

Synopsis: PETA Theater adapts ’90s band Aegis’ hit tracks such as "Basang-basa sa Ulan," "Halik," and "Luha" into an original Filipino musical. The story centers on Aileen, a mall promo girl who is torn between romance and seeking fame to support her family. She lives in the flooded village of Villa Venizia, the residents’ resilience adding another layer to this comedy drama. Rak of Aegis is directed by Maribel Legarda, written by Liza Magtoto, and musically arranged by Myke Salomon.





When: January 31, February 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9

Where: Tanghalang Huseng Batute, CCP, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

Ticket prices: P1,000 and P800

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld and The Necessary Theater

Cast: Bart Guingona and Joaquin Valdes

Synopsis: For those who missed it, this award-winning bio-drama will be back for one last time in 2014. The play is about abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko (and his fictitious assistant who engages Rothko) in arguments and conversations that help the audience understand the relationship between the artist and his creations, as well as the circumstances that led to his suicide.




When: January 31 to February 16

Where: Star Theater, Star City Compound, CCP Complex, Pasay City

Ticket prices: P800 and P600

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld and PETA Theater

Cast: Ian Segarra, Inno Martin, Anj Heruela, Joan Bugcat, John Moran, Nathan Nunag, Norbs Portales III, Rico del Rosasio, J-mee Katanyag, Julia Enriquez, Anna Luna, Meann Espinosa, Jojo Atienza, Timee Gorecho, Elmer Cruz, Cheeno Macaraig, Carlon Matobato and Justin Mactal


Synopsis: Targeting a young, modern audience, this hit musical by Ron Capinding turns Shakespeare's words into a smooth combination of rap, rhythm, and hip-hop. See the Bard go through a modern makeover, with a touch of nosebleed! The play touches on themes of adolescence, parents' unconditional love, and friendship to help hone the minds of young Shakespereans.




When: Opens in February

Where: Whitespace, 2314 Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati

Ticket prices: To be announced

Purchase tickets via Red Turnip Theater

Cast: To be announced

Synopsis: Alternative theater group Red Turnip follows the success of last year's staging of Closer with Cock, a comedy by Mike Bartlett. When John and his boyfriend M break up, John meets and falls in love with the girl of his dreams, W. Confused, John decides that there is only one way to straighten out this dilemma. Director Rem Zamora takes this punchy plot through a range of emotions for Red Turnip's signature intimate audience.




Mga Ama, Mga Anak

When: February 21 to March 9

Where: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater), Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

Ticket prices: P800

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld, CCP, and Tanghalang Pilipino

Cast: Eddie Garcia as Zacarias Monzon, Cris Villonco as Bessie, Robert Arevalo/ Spanky Manikan as Don Zacarias Monzon, and Celeste Legaspi/ Jackie Lou Blanco as Don Zacarias' daughter-in-law

Synopsis: National artist Nick Joaquin's Fathers and Sons is adapted into a three-act play by National Artist Virgilio Almario and Pete Lacaba. Directed by Joel Lamangan, this drama features Bessie, a feisty young prostitute who becomes the kept woman of Don Zacarias Monzon. Bessie and another outsider, the daughter-in-law of the old man, are the only ones who seem to bring sense and dignity to the Monzon ancestral house.




August: Osage County

When: February 21 to March 16

Where: Onstage Theater, 2/F Greenbelt 1, Makati

Ticket prices: P600, P500, and P400

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld and Repertory Philippines

Cast: To be announced

Synopsis: This American drama tells the story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family. A family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and back to the emotionally unstable people that raised them. A dark comedy, August: Osage County looks into the intertwined lives of a dysfunctional family.




Noises Off

When: March 28 to April 27

Where: Onstage Theater, 2/F Greenbelt 1, Makati

Ticket prices: P600, P500 and P400

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld and Repertory Philippines

Cast: To be announced

Synopsis: A play within a play, Noises Off is performed in three acts. It starts in the middle of a tech/dress rehearsal of a theater company working on Noises Off, a sex farce where two couples cross paths at a country manor. See how an ambitious director and his set of mediocre actors try to pull off this comedy play within... a comedy play.





Ghost, The Musical

When: Opens in April

Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati

Ticket prices: To be announced

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld and Atlantis Productions

Cast: To be announced

Synopsis: The 1990 romantic drama that had women cutting their hair in the hopes of being half as gorgeous as Demi Moore was adapted into a musical for West End in 2011 and Broadway in 2012. Fans can relive the love story between corporate banker Sam and ceramic artist Mollie that transcended death. We can't wait to see how Atlantis will bring to life the unique special effects of this musical, from the New York subway scene to the iconic pottery sequence.


Photos from Atlantis Productions (Ghost), Concertus Manila (Wicked), PETA Theather (Rak of Aegis, William), Red Turnip Theater (Cock), Repertory Philippines (August: Osage County, Noises Off, Wait Until Dark), Tanghalang Pilipino (Mga Ama, Mga Anak), The Necessary Theater (Red)

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