(SPOT.ph) While we're happy that Philippine theater adapted to the digital shift (a.k.a. online streaming) amid the pandemic, nothing beats the loud music echoing across the hall, the applause of the audience on momentous scenes, and the curtain call of the talented cast. And after a two-year hiatus, our stages are finally coming back to life, including the mounting of Joseph, the Dreamer. As announced by TheaterFansManila.com, the return of the Trumpets, Inc. production is set for the fourth quarter of 2022, but ticket prices and venue have yet to be disclosed.
Joseph, the Dreamer was the last staged from February 21 to March 8, 2020—just before restrictions were imposed in Metro Manila—at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City. But it's actually a modern version of Trumpets' longest-running musical, which first ran in 1989 with Audie Gemora in the titular role. He starred in the musical for a whole decade before having Gary Valenciano as his alternate in 1999. Fast forward to 2020, Valenciano's son—Paolo—directed a fresh (and dance-filled) take on Joseph, the Dreamer with Sam Conception playing Joseph. For the 2022 restaging, Concepcion is reprising the role.
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