Hairspray Manila: November 23 Tickets (Get them here!)

Don’t fail to catch the shimmy-shaking musical that everyone’s talking about, Hairspray the Musical, in Manila.

Tickets for the November 23 show are available here. Just email song1@jnjph.jnj.com or text +63917-8735412 to reserve your tickets.

Ticket prices at 1200, 1000, 800 and 600.

Venue: Star Theater, CCP Complex 

Reserve your tickets now!

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Hairspray Manila: Tickets for November 14 (Opening Night)

Looking for tickets for the opening night of Hairspray the Musical in Manila this November 14?

Look no further. Ticket reservations are just a text or phone call away. Reserve your tickets now through 0917-8735412!

Since it’s less than 24 hours before the show, just text us and we will reserve the tickets for you. Then proceed to Star Theater, CCP Complex (inside Star City) at least 1 hour before the show. Show starts at 8pm, so be there by 7pm. It’s that easy.

No need to queue up! No need to pick-up your tickets from somewhere else! No need to buy online! Hassle free.

3-Easy Steps!

Step 1: Text 0917-8735412 to reserve

Step 2:Go straight to Star Theater by 7pm (the show starts at 8pm)

Step 3: Get your tickets by the entrance and enjoy the show!

Tickets are at 1200, 1000, 800 and 600.

Text now and watch the musical event of the year!

Can’t make it on November 14? We are selling tickets to another show: November 23 (Sunday, 8pm). Reserve your tickets through text (0917-8735412) or email me (song1@jnjph.jnj.com).

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.

tracylink

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.

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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.

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

Email: song1@jnjph.jnj.com

Text: 0917-8735412

Ticket prices at 1200, 1000, 800 and 600.

Venue at Star Theater, CCP Complex.

Free delivery in areas within Metro Manila.

Nyoy Volante Joins Hairspray Manila

Nyoy Volante

Nyoy Volante

Multi Awarded Singer/Songwriter Nyoy Volante returns to his theatre roots when he plays Seaweed J. Stubbs in Atlantis Productions’ highly anticipated staging of the Tony Award Winning Musical HAIRSPRAY which opens on November 14, 2008 at the Star Theatre, CCP Complex.

Nyoy recently released his fifth album, entitled Heartstrings with the carrier single BECAUSE. And although he has focused on his recording career for the last five years, Nyoy is thrilled to be returning to the legitimate stage in a show he truly loves.

Nyoy says, “When the film version of HAIRSPRAY came out, I was really impressed with the music and how unique the characters were. Naturally, when I found out Atlantis was doing a Manila Production, I wanted to be a part of it.” Nyoy’s last stage musical was five years ago in Atlantis’ DREAMGIRLS, where he alternated with Jett Pangan as James Thunder Early.

Although his true passion is writing songs that come from straight from his heart, he has great respect for theatre artists and prides himself in having started out as a theatre actor. He says, “I hope everyone agrees with me when I say that the theatre arts’ level of discipline is considered one of the highest among all the performing arts. And the training (from voice, to movement, to acting) is really, really hard. It’s always a challenge and a test of stamina to do a show. And the fulfillment at the end of the day is tremendous.”

HAIRSPRAY is directed by Bobby Garcia, Choreography by Cecille Martinez, Production Design by Gino Gonzales, Lighting Design by Shoko Matsumoto, Musical Direction by Archie Castillo with FILharmoniKA.

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

Email: song1@jnjph.jnj.com

Text: 0917-8735412

Ticket prices at 1200, 1000, 800 and 600.

Venue at Star Theater, CCP Complex.

Free delivery in areas within Metro Manila.

About Hairspray the Musical

Atlantis productions will be staging the Broadway-hit musical HAIRSPRAY here in Manila this November 2008.

I’m selling tickets to 2 playdates of Hairspray:

November 14 (Friday, opening night) and November 23 (Sunday)

Ticket prices at 1200, 1000, 800 and 600.

For ticket reservations, please e-mail or text (SMS) me at:

E-Mail: song1@jnjph.jnj.com

Cellphone: +63917-8735412

To those who are unfamiliar with Hairspray, here are some info about this hit musical:

Hairspray is a musical based upon the 1988 John Waters movie, with a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman (who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the acclaimed animated musical, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut), and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

It is the Winner of 8 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL.

The songs in Hairspray include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues.

The Plot

This bebop musical tells the fun, flouncing story of “a big girl with big dreams – and even bigger hair” who sets out to desegregate the local TV dance show. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a local celebrity, and in the glee and glitz of the early 60’s, teaches a few lessons about tolerance, understanding, and cosmetics to the TV audience.

Theater Run

The musical’s original Broadway production opened in 2002 and won eight Tony Awards out of thirteen nominations. As of April 2008, it has played for over 2,300 performances. Hairspray has also enjoyed U.S. national tours and numerous foreign productions. The London West End production was nominated for a record-setting eleven Laurence Olivier Awards, winning for Best New Musical and in three other categories.

Movie Adaptation

In 2007, Hairspray was adapted as one of the most successful and popular movie musicals starring John Travolta, Zac Efron, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Family-Friendly Musical

Family Rundown: This show is certainly family-friendly fare.

Winner of Several Tony Awards

  • Tony Award for Best Musical
  • Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
  • Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music & Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
  • Tony Award for Best Costume Design (William Ivey Long)
  • Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical
  • Tony Award for Best Scenic Design (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Lighting Design (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Choreography (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Orchestration (nominee)

Critics’ Response

“An exuberant new musical has been fashioned from John Waters’s 1988 film about Baltimore teens at the doorstep of integration in the early sixties. So many numbers in Hairspray bring down the house, it’s a wonder the Neil Simon Theatre is still standing after the final curtain.” — New York Magazine

“…this sweet, infinitely spirited, bubblegum-flavored confection won’t be lacking for buyers any time soon. Arriving in an aerosol fog of advance hype, it more than lives up to its promise.” — Charles Isherwood, Variety review

“So what if it’s more than a little pushy in its social preaching? Stocked with canny, deliriously tuneful songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and directed by Jack O’Brien with a common touch that stops short of vulgarity, ‘Hairspray’ is as sweet as a show can be without promoting tooth decay. …[it] succeeds in recreating the pleasures of the old-fashioned musical comedy without seeming old-fashioned. …Shaiman…is taking the infectious hooks and rhythms from period pop and R&B and translating them into the big, bouncy sound that Broadway demands…. And while the savvy arrangements… nod happily to Motown, Elvis, Lesley Gore ballads and standards like “Higher and Higher,” the score’s appeal isn’t nostalgic. It’s music that builds its own self-contained, improbably symmetrical world….” — Ben Brantley

For ticket reservations, please e-mail or text (SMS) me at:

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Hairspray Manila (Tickets now available!)

Atlantis Productions, the same company that brought you Rent, Dreamgirls and Avenue Q, now brings the BIG FAT Broadway Musical Hit, HAIRSPRAY, live in Manila!

Hairspray is based upon the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, with a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. It is the Winner of 8 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL.

In Hairspray it’s 1962 – the ’50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion–to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do? Only in Hairspray! Welcome to the ’60s!

The musical features an original score by Marc Shaiman (who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the acclaimed animated musical, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut) and Scott Wittman. Their songs take Tracy from the soundstage of a 60’s-style dance show to the streets of Baltimore to a downtown rhythm and blues record shop.

Hairspray has also become one of the most successful and popular movie musicals starring John Travolta, Zach Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Manila Cast

For the Manila production, the cast includes

  • Madel Ching as Tracy Turnblad
  • Tim Espinosa as Link Larkin
  • Noel Rayos as Corny Collins
  • Michael de Mesa as Edna Turnblad
  • Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Velma Von Tussle
  • Dulce as Motormouth Maybelle
  • Nyoy Volante as Seaweed J. Stubbs
  • Leo Rialp as Wilbur Turnblad

Showdate:

November 14 (Friday) – opening night

November 23 (Sunday)

Ticket Prices:

PhP 1200

PhP 1000

PhP 800

PhP 600

Venue:

Star Theater, CCP Complex

For ticket inquiries or reservations, please contact Stewart Ong through:

E-Mail: song1@jnjph.jnj.com

Text: +63917-8735412

Free delivery within certain areas in Manila. COD basis.

Reserve early so you can get good seats!

When will Joanna Ampil be performing in West Side Story?

We have been receiving a lot of inquiries as to when Joanna Ampil, the famed Broadway star of Miss Saigon and Les Miserables fame, will be performing in West Side Story.

She will play the role of Maria, alternating with Karylle.

The answer is: Nobody knows except the people from Stages.

It is a common tradition in theater for the producers not to reveal who the performers are (for roles with alternates) up until the show date itself. They usually announce only a few minutes before the particular show starts.

Nevertheless, knowing Stages and the people behind them, we can be assured of a world-class, quality production, regardless of who will play the role of Maria.

It’s going to be a spectacular show for sure.

For ticket inquiries and reservations, please text 0917-8735412 or email song1@jnjph.jnj.com

Tickets are priced at 1200, 1000, 700 and 500.

See you there!

9 Reasons to Watch West Side Story this September

article taken from Alvin Trono’s multiply blog: atstage2001.multiply.com (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

Email: song1@jnjph.jnj.com

Free delivery in certain areas within Metro Manila.

Joanna Ampil stars in West Side Story (Manila)

(article taken from pinoycentric.com)

 

Joanna Ampil playing Fantine in Les Miserables.

Joanna Ampil playing Fantine in Les Miserables.

London-based thespian Joanna Ampil

is finally coming home to the Philippines to do her very first musical theater project in Manila after 16 years of being a West End star.  Joanna is playing the role of Maria in West Side Story to be produced by Stages and directed by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo.

Joanna has long wanted to perform in her own country but never had the chance until she heard of the casting call for West Side Story. She was then busy playing Fantine in West End’s Les Miserables. So she e-mailed Stages president Audie Gemora and asked if she could send in her audition materials instead. Without thinking twice, Audie said yes.
Thanks to the advent of technology, Joanna was able to send in a digital audio track of “Think of Me” from the Phantom of the Opera in which she sang the soprano role of Christine. After listening to Joanna, the judges were all blown away and agreed that she would get the part of Maria. The judges included Audie, Jaime del Mundo, and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, who has starred as Maria in the past.

When Joanna was offered the role, Audie reminded her that Stages could never match her West End rates, but Joanna simply said that it’s her dream to work with Audie, hence financial issues could be put aside. Joanna recalls the day when she saw Audie in the production of Joseph the Dreamer at the Meralco Theater. “That was a turning point for me,” Joanna shares. “I remember vividly how I told a friend about wanting to get into theater after seeing the show. That was way back in 1992, and little did I know that 16 years later, I would be working with Audie in the same theater where I realized my dream.”

Joanna Ampil also played Kim in West End’s Miss Saigon opposite Peter Cousens’ Chris. Photo by Michael Le Poer Trench.

Joanna Ampil also played Kim in West End’s Miss Saigon opposite Peter Cousens’ Chris. Photo by Michael Le Poer Trench.

Joanna has always dreamed of becoming a performer. She has no formal drama training but when she was younger, she was always part of the school programs, which gave her the invaluable experience of performing before a crowd. That’s why when she was chosen to play as alternate for the role of Kim in West End’s Miss Saigon in 1993, there was no stopping her.

After her powerful performance in Miss Saigon, she was offered one key role after another. She has also played Mimi in Rent and Eponine in Les Miserables, among others. Joanna was even handpicked by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to play Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, which was very memorable for her.

The role of Maria is quite far from Joanna in real life. But she is taking this as a challenge in the same way that she has handled all her other roles. “To be honest, my life is not that similar to hers,” Joanna discloses. “But I can draw out certain emotions from my experiences, which I can then use for the role. It’s just a matter of finding the ‘truth’ of Maria within me.”

On the other hand, her most recent role as Fantine in Les Miserables is the most challenging for her since this is her first mature role. “I cannot be more different than the character,” she expresses. “Since I was the first Asian to play the part in London, the creative team of  Les Miserables was a bit challenged with how they were going to create my look. For instance, the wig color, etc.  It also took a while before I could relate to her fully.”

At the moment, Joanna has wrapped up playing Fantine. She is now taking a short break before she comes to Manila for the show. She wants to start with a fresh mind and make her first Manila performance a memorable one. In fact, for every new production that she does, she makes sure that she is well prepared. She does a lot of different exercises to increase her stamina and takes classical lessons with her singing coach, Gillyanne.

“Not long ago, we went through the song, ‘I Have A Love,’” Joanna recollects, “Gillyanne and I cried.  How beautiful is this song, let alone the whole score? The geniuses of Bernstein and Sondheim are a perfect combination.” It is no wonder that one London critic cites Joanna as a major star in West End. The dedication that she gives to her work is exceptional and has given her critical acclaim.

Indeed, Joanna has been showered with a lot of blessings. Her singing prowess has brought her to places. Not only has she conquered the theater stage, but also the concert scene in London. And for Joanna, each offers a different challenge for her. “On stage, I become a different person and I get to experience a different life,” she describes. “Whereas in concerts, I feel totally naked, not literally, as I am being myself. It’s always terrifying to do that. Naturally, a feeling of being inadequate starts to kick in as this time, there is no mask to hide behind.”

Joanna can’t wait to come to Manila and start rehearsing. She feels very ecstatic and excited coming home. “Everything is so laid back and relaxed in Manila as compared to the fast-paced life in London,” she explains. “Because I have been based in London for many years, I see the Philippines as a paradise, a place where I can totally be stress free.”

There is a lot of pressure on Joanna right now but one thing’s certain: people can expect a West End performance from her in Manila. “I cannot really predict what people expect of me,” she humbly says. “I’m sure they have certain expectations from the character of Maria and I just hope I meet that along with their standards.”

West Side Story is set in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and tells the love story of a Polish lad named Tony (Christian Bautista), and a Puerto Rican lass named Maria (Joanna alternating with Karylle) in a seemingly unending feud between the New Yorkers and Puerto Ricans.

Ticket prices are at:

1,200 (orchestra and loge center)

1,000 (orchestra and loge side)

700 (balcony center)

500 (balcony side)

 

For ticket inquiries and reservations:

you may text (0917-8735412) or email (song1@jnjph.jnj.com).

Free delivery in certain areas within Metro Manila. COD basis.

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:

e-mail: song1@jnjph.jnj.com

cellphone: +63917-8735412

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