Must-Watch Theatre Plays This 2019
by Shara Mae Balce, February 26, 2019 2:00pm
Art by Allen Mirambel
It’s another year for a well-rounded theatre experience!
Every season brings a new line-up of must-watch musicals, restaging, and revivals. From award-winning to thought-provoking performances, here’s a list of stage plays in Manila for the first quarter of 2019.
Romeo and Juliet
When: February 15 to 24, 2019
Where: Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theatre, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Feel all the love and sympathy as the Ballet Philippines stages William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet through ballet. Don’t miss this classic romantic tale of young and forbidden love on Cultural Center of the Philippines’ stage. It is a story of two young lovers caught in the crossfire of their powerful warring families, featuring the music of Sergei Prokofiev and choreography byNational Artist for Dance, Alice Reyes.
For tickets and more information, visit www.ballet.ph.
When: February 15 to March 10
Where: Onstage Theatre, Greenbelt 1, Makati City
Repertory Philippines starts its 82nd season with its original musical, Miong—a play based on the humble beginnings of Emilio Aguinaldo up to his declaration of Philippine independence. First staged in 1998, Miong returns on stage just in time for Aguinaldo’s 150th birth anniversary. The play covers only Aguinaldo’s youth along with his achievements, courage, and how he conquered the challenges to free his countrymen from oppression.
Written and directed by REP Artistic Director Joy Virata with music led by Ian Monsod and additional lyrics by Freddie Santos. Voice Philippines Season 2 finalist, Timmy Pavino, will lead as Miong, Noel Rayos as Berong, Cara Barredo as Yayang, Meynard Peñalosa as Father Blas, and Elver Esquivel as Don Carlos.
For tickets and more information, visit www.repertoryphilippines.ph.
Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!
When: February 2 to March 17
Where: Maybank Performing Arts Theatre, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Eto Na! Musikal nAPO returns to the stage this February after a short but successful run in August 2018. It is an all-original Filipino musical featuring the songs popularized by the APO Hiking Society. Set in the ‘70s, this musical comedy show tells the story of a barkada who joined a singing and songwriting contest, composing a perfect song to win the top prize.
Directed and written by Robbie Guevarra, the play promises a wholesome entertainment and nostalgia with a plot resembling the real-life events of APO.
For tickets and more information, visit www.bgcartscenter.org.
Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical
When: March 1 to April 6
Where: Newport Performing Arts Center, Newport Mall, Pasay City
Good news, Eraserhead fans! The jukebox musical Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical will hit the stage once more this July at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Resorts World Manila and Full House Theatre Company restage the story of four college friends who reunited 20 years after their college graduation. Featuring the songs penned and popularized by the Original Pinoy Music band Eraserheads, the play’s narratives are anchored to the band’s iconic hit songs—“Pare Ko,” “Ligaya,” and "Ang Huling El Bimbo” among others.
Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical is written by Dingdong Novenario, and directed and choreographed by Dexter Santos.
For tickets and more information, visit Full House Theater Company on Facebook.
When: March 22 to April 14
Where: Onstage Theatre, Greenbelt 1, Makati City
Fans of comedy genre plays will enjoy the witty banter of REP’s Father’s Day. Witness the awkward and comical reunion of a grumpy, divorced man and his estranged, goofy young son on an unexpected winter’s evening. The story revolves around the marital woes and unresolved issues of a broken family with an endless take of humor everyone can relate to.
Father’s Day will be directed by Baby Barredo starring Repertory veteran Miguel Faustmann and newcomer Andres Borromeo as the leading father-son duo.
For tickets and more information, visit Repertory Philippines’ website.
Noli Me Tangere, the Opera
When: March 8 to 10
Where: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City
Jose Rizal’s classic novel found its home on stage—and the production is now on its 60th year! It is a gripping story of love, betrayal, oppression, vengeance, and hope. Noli Me Tangere, The Opera depicts the abuses and tyranny suffered by the native Indios in the hands of the Spaniards. It follows the story of Crisostomo Ibarra, who returned to the Philippines after taking scholarly studies in Europe, with dreams for the Filipino youth and for his motherland.
Directed by Jerry Sibal, this masterpiece is considered the country’s first full-length opera. National Artists Felipe de Leon (music) and Guillermo Tolentino (libretto) wrote it.
For tickets and more information, visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
When: March 22 to April 7
Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City
The highly anticipated Tony Award-winning play by Tony Kushner is coming to Manila this year! The first of Kushner’s two-part play will be staged in celebration of Atlantis Entertainment Group’s 20th Anniversary season. Set in the mid-1980s Manhattan, the play will tackle issues about homosexuality, drug addiction, and AIDS.
Atlanti’s Artistic Director Booby Garcia will redirect the play after directing it first 25 years ago. The cast consists of some of the most veterans and acclaimed Filipino actors in both film and theatre: Art Acuña as Roy Cohn, Pinky Amador as the Angel, Angeli Bayani as Harper Pitt, Topper Fabregas as Prior Walter, Cherie Gil as Hannah Pitt, Nelsito Gomez as Louis Ironson, Andoy Ranay as Belize, and Markki Stroem as Joe Pitt.
For tickets and more information, visit www.atlantistheatrical.com.
Mark now your calendars! Come and get ready to mesmerized by these theatrical performances and enjoy the pinnacle of live entertainment. See you there!