Theater in Manila: The Shows You Should Watch This July
A tribute to OFWs, slapstick comedy, and more.
(SPOT.ph) The month of June gave us a couple of international productions and adaptations of foreign acts such as the Broadway musical Sister Act and Kinky Boots with Nyoy Volante. (Both are still showing, by the way.) For July, the local theater scene treats us to a festival of one-act plays, Pinoy-made musicals and dance shows, and Filipino-infused Broadway productions. Time to mark your calendars once again!
As a tribute to our Overseas Filipino Workers, often dubbed as the country’s unsung heroes, the Philippine Educational Theater Association stages another run of the funny musical Caredivas. It follows the lives of five transgender OFWs in Israel who work as caregivers in the morning, then transform into glamorous drag queens at night. Phil Noble and Jerald Napoles, two of the original cast members from 2011, will reprise their roles as Jonee and Kayla. Completing the cast are Melvin Lee (Chelsea), Vincent De Jesus and Ron Alfonso (Shai), Dudz Teraña and Jason Barcial (Thalia), Gio Gahol and Ricci Chan (Kayla), and Thou Reyes (Jonee).
Caredivas runs until July 30 at PETA Theater Center, 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Tickets, priced from P800 to P1,800, are available through Ticketworld.
Based on the 1992 Disney musical film of the same title, Newsies portrays the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899. Seventeen-year-old Jack Kelly (Gian Magdangal) leads the "newsies" (newspaper boys) in a protest against New York World publisher Joseph Pulitzer (Greg Dulcie) who continues to increase the cost of the newspapers sold to them. It's a story of child labor, underdogs, and rising up to the challenge.
Newsies runs until July 30, 8 p.m. at Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City. Tickets, priced at P2,000, are available through Ticketworld.
Philippine Ballet Theater adds a local flavor to French choreographer Marius Petipa's creation La Bayadère or The Temple Dancer. The ballet in four acts tells the love story of the bayadère Nikiya and warrior Solor. All hell breaks loose when the High Brahmin tries his best to keep the dancer to himself.
La Bayadère runs from July 15 to 16 at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Tickets, priced from P100 to P1,500, are available through Ticketworld.
Experience full-on the passion and richness of Flamenco music. This show features singers Abraham Jimenéz and David De José, dancers Christina Carrasco and Javier Serrano, and musicians Alberto Marin and César Cubero (guitar), José Cortés (cajon), and Rodrigo Parejo (flute).
Origen is on July 16, 7 p.m. at Power Mac Center Spotlight, 2/F Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati. Tickets, priced from P1,500 to P2,500, are available through Ticketworld.
Filipino choreographer and visual artist Eisa Jocson, known for her solo work Macho Dancer (2013), partners with Ballet Philppines for a different take on dance as a social issue. As an internationally renowned artist who creates works around the world, she has seen how Hong Kong Disneyland's employment of Filipino performers has led to the loss of the country's top ballet dancers within the last decade. In Your Highness, five young dancers alternate between stylized Disney gestures and standards of ballet classics while exploring the archetype of a princess in the entertainment industry.
Your Highness runs from July 27 to 28 at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Tickets, priced at P800, are available through Ticketworld.
Bring your nieces and nephews to this show by kids and for kids. Kids Acts Philippines’ Cinderella follows the original manuscript of Charles Perrault's fairytale that we all love, but with a Filipino-made script, lyrics, and music. Be prepared to be amazed as the Fairy Godmother magically turns Cinderella into a princess with a beautiful pair of glass shoes.
Cinderella runs from July 28 to 30 at St. Cecilia's Hall, St. Scholastica's College, Leon Guinto Street corner Vito Cruz Street, Malate, Manila. Tickets, priced at P500, are available through Ticketworld.
Spamalot, which is based on the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is a musical comedy that pokes fun at the famous Arthurian Legend. It follows King Arthur's (Lorenz Martinez), along with his knights Sir Bedevere (Bibo Reyes), Sir Robin (George Schulze), Sir Lancelot (Noel Rayos), and Sir Galahad's (Dean Rosen) quest to find the Holy Grail. This fun show is peppered with plenty of outrageous scenes and characters, such as the flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, Vegas showgirls, and the psycho Lady of the Lake (Rachel Alejandro/Carla Guevara-Laforteza).
Spamalot runs from July 28 to August 12 at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, 4/F RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City. Tickets, priced from P1,000 to P2,000, are available through Ticketworld.