Most everyone loves the movies. But if you'd really like to see talent and artistry in its purest form, you need to experience theater. In 2018, see these plays during their local run, featuring Filipino talents:
Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Resorts World Manila) February 22-25, 2018, Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila #10 Newport Blvd., Newport City Complex, Pasay City Ticket price: P1,075 to P4,087. Buy online.
Synopsis: After a successful run in 2017, the British family musical is back to delight audiences in February. The play, based on the 1968 film of the same title, witnesses the adventures of inventor Caractacus Potts, his family, and the amazing Chitty car.
Lion King, The Musical (The 25th Global Production) March-April 2018, The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Casino and Resort Ticket price: P1,900 to P7,250. Buy online.
Synopsis: The world’s number 1 musical is coming to the Philippines! As in the animated film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince named Simba and his journey towards fulfilling his destiny as a king. Don’t miss this world-class performance!
A Comedy of Tenors (Repertory Philippines) January 26-February 18, 2018, Greenbelt Onstage, Greenbelt 1 Ayala Center, Makati Ticket price: Visit their Facebook page
Synopsis: It is 1930s in Paris. A harassed producer, his frazzled assistant, an aging, temperamental and sometimes missing Italian opera star and his hot blooded wife, their daughter and her lover, an opera diva, and a singing waiter, converge in a hotel room before an important concert. What ensues is disorganized chaos with mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and all around mayhem, for which playwright Ken Ludwig is famous.
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Arsenic and Old Lace (Repertory Philippines) April 6-29, 2018, Greenbelt Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati Ticket price: Visit their Facebook page
Synopsis: Two sweet old ladies' hospitality know no bounds. The ladies serve their potent elderberry wine to lonely houseguests who become eternally grateful. They are aided in their efforts by their nephew who firmly believes he is Teddy Roosevelt. Enter Another nephew who discovers their brand of hospitality and frantically strives to protect them from the somewhat bungling arm of the law and to keep the secret from his unsuspecting fiancee. Written in 1929, this "dark farce" has become a classic.
Silent Sky (Repertory Philippines) March 2-25, 2018, Greenbelt Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati Ticket price: Visit their Facebook page
Synopsis: A true story of a woman who literally reached for the stars. Through fast-paced dialogue laced with humor, and five unique characters, Lauren Gunderson tells the story of Henrietta Levitt whose pioneering work in the early 1920s was responsible for the discovery of the existence of galaxies other than our own. It is a story of quiet determination and patience, of family bonding, or friendship, and love. It is a tribute to women who search for recognition in a traditionally man's world.
Rapunzel: A Very Hairy Fairytale (Repertory Philippines) September 15, 2018- January 27, 2019, Greenbelt Onstage Ticket price: Visit their Facebook page
Synopsis: Visit an enchanted fairy tale land with dragons, a handsome prince, an evil would-be Queen, a really great hair stylist, and that famous princess with the long, long, long hair! Hold on to your hair and prepare for a brand new magical musical re-telling of the classic fairy tale! On the edge of glory, the evil Lady Za Za determines to rule the kingdom by keeping the beautiful Princess Rapunzel – with the long, long, long hair – trapped in a tower in the deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest. It’ll be up to Sir Roderick and his hair stylist friend Edgar (who is on a quest to find the perfect head of hair) to rescue Princess Rapunzel and restore the kingdom – with the help of a slightly neurotic Gypsy Woman – isn’t there one in every fairy tale? and a tired, yet witty, old dragon named Socrates – who has lost his poof!