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Some of the Most Awaited Plays and Musicals to Watch This Year

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From revivals to jukebox shows and brand new productions, we’ve rounded up the list of plays and musicals we can’t wait to see this year.

Silent Sky

Repertory Philippines’ staging of Silent Sky makes a return after a successful run in March last year. Based on a true story, the musical by playwright Lauren Gunderson follows the adventures of 20th-century astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt at the Harvard College Observatory. The encore performances will be held at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza on February 1 to 10.

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Every Brilliant Thing

Duncan McMillan’s Every Brilliant Thing comes alive through The Sandbox Collective with Teresa Herrera heading the one-woman show. The critically acclaimed play deals with mental illness in a poignant manner. Every Brilliant Thing runs from February 2 to 24 at the Zobel De Ayala Recital Hall in Maybank Performing Arts Theater.

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Charot!

The last for PETA’s 51st theater season, Charot! is a timely commentary on Philippine current events. The comedy play takes its title from a Filipino colloquial term that means "just kidding." Charot! runs from February 8 to March 17 at the PETA Theater Center.

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Miong

Miong, a musical based on the life of Emilio Aguinaldo, returns this February 15 to March 10. It will detail his life from his birth up until the declaration of independence. Directed by Joy Virata, Miong stars Tim Pavino, Noel Rayos, Cara Barredo, Meynard Penalosa, and Elver Esquivel.

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The Phantom of the Opera

It’s been a while since Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera was last staged in the Philippines. Adapted from Gaston Leroux’s novel of the same name, the musical tells the story of ballet dancer Christine as she becomes entangled in the mystery, intrigue, and horror of the Phantom. This time, the award-winning musical makes its return at The Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino on February 20.

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CORIOLANO

For its fourth and last offering for the 32nd theater season, Tanghalang Pilipino presents CORIOLANO. Directed by Carlos Siguion Reyna, CORIOLANO is Guelan Varela-Luarca’s translation of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. The tragedy is based off of Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus’ life as a general in the government of Rome.

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AKO: Alpha Kappa Omega

Two-time Palanca award winner Guelan Varela-Luarca directs this adaptation of Mike De Leon's cult classic Batch ‘81 which focuses on fraternities and hazing. AKO: Alpha Kappa Omega takes the stage this March 2019 at the Rizal Mini Theater in Ateneo de Manila University.

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Noli Me Tangere, the Opera

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with JS Productions, Inc., presents Noli Me Tangere, the Opera. After two years off the stage, the musical returns to tell the story of Jose Rizal. The grand tribute features music and lyrics from National Artists Felipe de Leon and Guillermo Tolentino. Noli Me Tangere, the Opera runs from March 8 to 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

The first part of Tony Kushner’s epic, Angels in America tells the story of a gay man who is left and abandoned by his lover after he contracts AIDS in 1980s New York. The cast includes Art Acuña (Roy Cohn), Pinky Amador (The Angel), Angeli Bayani (Harper Pitt), Topper Fabregas (Prior Walter), Cherie Gil (Hannah Pitt), Nelsito Gomez (Louis Ironson), Andoy Ranay (Belize), and Markki Stroem (Joe Pitt). Angels in America runs from March 22 to April 7 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza.

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Father’s Day

Led by Miguel Fastmann, Father’s Day is the story of Henry Willows who is unexpectedly visited by his estranged son. The play navigates around the family’s complicated dynamics while recalling past occurrences. Father’s Day runs from March 22 to April 14 at Onstage Theatre in Greenbelt 1.

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The Dresser

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Audie Gemora, Teroy Guzman, Jeremy Domingo, Tami Monsod, Robbie Guevara, and Justine Narciso star in Repertory Philippines’ staging of The Dresser. The play tells the story of an aging actor and his relationship with his personal assistant. Directed by Loy Arcenas, The Dresser runs from May 3 to 26 at Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1.

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Explore the life of Carole King from her rise to stardom to becoming an icon in music history with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The Tony and Grammy award-winning musical opens in June at Meralco Theater.

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Guadalupe: The Musical

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Premiering last September, Guadalupe: The Musical returns on July 19. It takes the audience to Mexico in the 16th-century to tell the story of Juan Diego, a mat-weaver who witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary. The play, directed by Baby Barredo, will be staged at Meralco Theater.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


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Atlantis Theatrical brings Tony Award-winning musical Sweeney Todd to the Philippines with Jett Pangan (Sweeney Todd) and Lea Salonga (Mrs. Lovett). The 18th-century tale about the disturbed barber turned serial killer opens in October at The Theatre at Solaire Resort.

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RERUNS


Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!


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From February 2 to March 17, Eto na! Musikal nAPO! returns after last year’s run. Through APO Hiking Society music, the story of seven friends unfolds as they join a local talent contest. Catch the musical comedy at the Globe Auditorium in Maybank Performing Arts Theater.

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Ang Huling El Bimbo

A nostalgic journey, Ang Huling El Bimbo is a story of friendship while featuring the songs of ’90s band Eraserheads. After spending 20 years apart, a group of friends get back together to set aside their personal challenges. The second run of Ang Huling El Bimbo starts on March 1 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.

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