Check out Bituin Escalante, Joy Virata + more tap dancing fun at Stepping Out The Musical

You'll want to take dance lessons, stat.



( What do a germaphobe, shy widower, eternally fearful wife, and outspoken saleswoman have in common? They belong to a tap dance class! Along with a few other colorful characters, plus a has-been dancer as a teacher and a crotchety pianist, they meet up every week to tap dance. As times goes by, the stories of their lives unfold, and they become each other’s friends, mentors, and maybe even lovers.


Based on the original play by Richard Harris, director Jaime del Mundo and musical director Ejay Yatco coax the best out of each performer in the Repertory Philippines production of Stepping Out The Musical. As the story progresses, we laugh at Rose’s (Bituin Escalante) sassiness, groan in amusement at Vera’s (Joy Virata) obsession with germs, and sigh wistfully at Geoffrey (Raymund Concepcion) and Andy’s (Christine Flores) longing looks at each other.




The cast only took three months' worth of dance lessons from choreographer Rose Borromeo, but they looked like they had been tap dancing for years. We give props to Virata, who, with her fine dancing form and impeccable acting chops, is as energetic and effervescent as can be at 80 years old. Just as excellent is Escalante, whose mere stage presence is electrifying. Everyone sits up and pays attention whenever she appears, and she brings the house down in the number, “Don’t Ask Me.” Natalie Everett shines as Dorothy, the meek, obedient daughter who yearns for a life outside of her responsibilities. Her brilliance on stage is the result of many years of training, including playing Gigi in Miss Saigon. Concepcion and Flores are effective as the almost lovers in the group, and we blush along with them as the class take sly, little jabs at their burgeoning feelings.




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With a glorious mix of highly acclaimed performers and wonderful material to work with, you'll be tapping your feet as you gasp, laugh, and get your heart broken over the drama unfolding on stage.


Stepping Out The Musical is at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1 until April 24 every Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available at TicketWorld (891-9999) and Repertory Philippines (843-3570).


Onstage Theater is at Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visit the Repertory Philippines website.


Photos by Jaypee Maristaza and John Fernandez, courtesy of Repertory Philippines

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