Hairspray Manila Rehearsals: Get Your Tickets Now!

Rehearsals for Atlantis Productions’ highly anticipated staging of the Tony Award Winning Musical HAIRSPRAY are in full swing!


Cast members have been rehearsing for two weeks now with a rigorous daily schedule of music, dance and staging in order to bring the energetic and electrifying numbers to life by opening night November 14th.


Madel Ching makes her professional theatre debut as Tracy Turnblad, one of the most demanding roles for a musical theatre actress.  She appears in all but two scenes in the musical.  Joining her in the cast are Michael de Mesa as Edna, Dulce as Motormouth Maybelle, Tim Espinosa as Link Larkin, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Velma Von Tussle, Nyoy Volante as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Leo Rialp as Wilbur, Noel Rayos as Corny Collins, Gabe Mercado as the Male Authority Figure, Enchang Kaimo as the Female Authority Figure, Christine Allado as Amber and Monica Reynoso as Penny.


HAIRSPRAY is about Tracy Turnblad who wins a spot on the local TV dance program The Corny Collins Show.  This big girl with big hair and big dreams becomes a teen celebrity overnight. Soon Tracy finds herself pitted against the show’s reigning princess for the title Miss Teenage Hairspray 1962. It is based on the John Waters film and was recently turned into a hit movie musical starring John Travolta,

HAIRSPRAY is directed by Bobby Garcia

For ticket inquiries and reservations:

November 14 (opening night) 8pm

November 23 (Sunday) 8pm


Venue: Star Theater, CCP Complex


Tickets at 1200, 1000, 800 and 600.


You may text me (0917-8735412) or email ( Reserve early to get good seats.


Free delivery in certain areas within Metro Manila.


Hairspray Manila All Set – Get Your Tickets Now!

Atlantis Production’s highly anticipated production of the Tony Award winning musical HAIRSPRAY is all set to open on November 14 at the Star Theatre, CCP Complex.

Heading the cast is newcomer Madel Ching as Tracy Turnblad. An Ateneo student, Madel was one out of over 300 people who auditioned for a part in the musical.


Joining her are Michael de Mesa as Edna, Dulce as Motormouth Maybelle, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Velma Von Tussle, Nyoy Volante as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Monica Reynoso as Penny, Noel Rayos as Corny Collins, Enchang Kaimo as the Female Authority Figure, Gabe Mercado as the Male Authority Figure and also making their professional theatre debut, Tim Espinosa as Link Larkin and Christine Allado as Amber Von Tussle. Joining them in the ensemble are Jordan Aguilar, Emy Alcid, Caisa Borromeo, Mayen Cad, Erika Cedilla, Red Concepcion, Gerlin Francisco, Bea Garcia, Crienna House, Yanah Laurel, Cheeno Macaraig, Michael Odoemene, Anthony Ong, Mark Tayag, and Lee Villoria.


HAIRSPRAY is directed by Bobby Garcia, Choreography by Cecille Martinez, Musical Direction by Archie Castillo, Production Design by Gino Gonzales, Lighting Design by Shoko Matsumoto and Specialty wigs by The Broadway Wig Co.


For tickets reservations to the November 14 (Friday opening night, 8pm) and November 23 (Sunday, 8pm) shows, you may contact me through:


Text: 0917-8735412

Ticket prices at 1200, 1000, 800 and 600.

Venue at Star Theater, CCP Complex.

Free delivery in areas within Metro Manila.

9 Reasons to Watch West Side Story this September

article taken from Alvin Trono’s multiply blog: (thanks Alvin!)

1. It’s the first time West End superstar Joanna Ampil performs in a musical before a Pinoy audience. Joanna is said to be a favorite of Andrew Lloyd Webber, who handpicked her to play Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. In London, where she’s been based for 16 years, Joanna has played Fantine in Les Miserables and Mimi in Rent. Not everyone can afford to fly to London to see this homegrown talent, so don’t miss this chance to see her at home. (Let’s hope this won’t be her last in Pinas.)

2. West Side Story stars a world-class cast of Pinoys who’ve made us proud. Aside from Joanna Ampil, Stages’ production of this Stephen Sondheim musical also stars another import: Fil-Australiana Rowena Vilar, who has played Gigi and Kim in the Australian run ofMiss Saigon. She joins West Side Story with high recommendations from another Pinoy, Leo Valdez, who played the Engineer in the same production.

3. West Side Story is one of the best and much-loved musicals of all time. Written by Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Sondheim, it features memorable songs such as “Somewhere,” “Tonight,” “One Hand One Heart,” “America,” and “Something’s Coming.” Admit it, you’ve been singing all these since you were a child.

4. The local production consists of actors who sing, dance, and act well. Executive producer Audie Gemora calls them “a triple threat.” Very few actors are that well rounded.

5. This production has a powerhouse artistic team. Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, whom Audie calls the “queen of Philippine theater” directs West Side Story. Gerard Salonga is its musical director, with scenographer Mio Infante, lighting director John Batalla, costume designer Eric Pineda, sound designer Bobbit Jacinto, and jazz choreographer James Laforteza staying true to Jerome Robbins’ original choreography in the Broadway version of West Side Story.

6. Despite its original 1950s setting, West Side Story tells of issues relevant to our time. Star-crossed lovers. Racism. Violence. Gangs. Sounds familiar?

7. It’s Christian Bautista’s first lead role, and he makes such a great leading man. If you thought he sang well, then West Side Story is an opportunity for him to prove he’s got more than a voice going for him. [Trivia: Christian turned down an offer to sing at the Beijing Olympics because he was doing West Side Story.]

8. Miracles happening every day. Ballet dancers learning how to sing. Actors getting better in jazz. “It’s a learning process for all of us,” says Menchu, who cast dancers from Ballet Philippines and happily reports that they now sing better.

9. Support our local theater, with its bunch of ultra talented actors. If you bought expensive Cinderella tickets, you can afford West Side Story‘s affordable tickets, priced between P500 and P1,200.

Photography by Jojit Lorenzo with creative direction by Jojit Lorenzo & Alvin Trono, costumes by Eric Pineda and make-up by Mac.

Ticket Prices:

1,200 (Orchestra and Loge Center)

1,000 (Orchestra and Loge Side)

700 (Balcony Center)

500 (Balcony Side)

Ticket Reservations and Inquiries:

Text: 0917-8735412


Free delivery in certain areas within Metro Manila.

West Side Story (in Manila!)

After its highly successful staging of Footloose (2005) and Disney’s High School Musical (2007), Stages Production Specialists Inc. launches its 3rd and most ambitious production yet –

West Side Story (Manila)

September 12, Friday, 8PM

Meralco Theater

Ticket Prices:

P1,200 (orchestra / loge center)

P1,000 (orchestra / loge side)

P700 (balcony center)

P500 (balcony side)

Touted to be the best musical of all time with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and original choreography by Jerome Robbins, this exciting production will be headed by Asia’s pop superstar Christian Bautista as Tony and Joanna Ampil of Ms. Saigon fame as Maria.

Audie Gemora directs, promising to bring something new for the current generation of theater goers, yet still keep all of West Side Story’s original charm for the generation who wishes to relive the glorious moments of the 1959 Academy Award Winner for Best Film!

West Side Story is an intense, dramatic dance musical with many show-stopping numbers and immortal songs like “Somewhere”, “ Tonight”, “One Hand One Heart”, “America” and “Something’s Coming.”

It will surely be a night “like no other night”.

Come and be part of it!

For Ticket Reservations

please e-mail or text Stewart Ong at:


cellphone: +63917-8735412

Book your tickets now so you’ll get good seats!