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National Artist for Theater Design Salvador “Badong” Bernal dies Oct. 26, 2011 at 66

‘Bravo, Badong!’ Philippine theater pays tribute to National Artist for Theater and Design Salvador Bernal, 66
By Walter Ang
Oct. 31, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Theater artists and peers paid tribute to National Artist for Theater and Design Salvador “Badong” Bernal who died Oct. 26 at age 66.

The Philippine Theater Actors Guild said it was paying a “final standing ovation… to the master.”

“Philippine theater is now one major pillar less with the demise of Salvador Bernal,” the group said.
“In his art, Bernal brought the Filipino spirit to the stage with his design,” said TAG. “He will always be remembered for his massive scenic pieces, in which the challenge to the actor was always to equal the grandness of the space he created. No acting space was small for Bernal, because for him, that is how theater should be—grand and majestic.

“He was not only a designer; he also played the part of mentor to his juniors. He wanted to leave a legacy, but more than that, he wanted to kindle the…

Dulaang UP's "Noli" opera opens on Nov. 16, 2011

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Dulaang UP's "Noli" opera opens on Nov. 16, 2011
By Walter Ang
Oct. 25, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Dulaang UP will stage "Noli Me Tangere: The Opera" composed by Nat'l Artist for Music Felipe Padilla de Leon with libretto by Nat'l Artist for Visual Arts Guillermo Tolentino.

Directed by DUP Artistic Director Alexander Cortez, the production was originally envisioned to be a grand spectacle.  However, upon review, Cortez realized that the material is "a very intimate type of romantic opera."

"Tolentino provides a very romantic approach to the story based on the novel of Jose Rizal.  Highly political innuendos [in the novel] that are glossed over or not even discussed," says Cortez.

He has decided to use three pianos as accompaniment instead of a full orchestra.  Accompanists are Greg Zuniega, Noel de la Rosa and Jourdan Petalver.  Sound designer is Jethro Joaquin

"Save for three or four big scenes, the scenes are small, very mu…

Audie Gemora releases CD of theater songs

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Audie Gemora releases CD of theater songs
By Walter Ang
Oct. 25, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Theater actor and director Audie Gemora has released "Playlist," a music CD where he performs his favorite Broadway tunes.

Busy with running Triumphant People's Evangelistic Theatre Society (Trumpets) and its sister company Stages Productions Specialists (currently co-staging "Peter Pan" with Repertory Philippines), Gemora is also seen on TV as one of the resident judges of TV5's "Talentadong Pinoy."

He won the 2009 Philstage Gawad Buhay! for Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical for his portrayal of the titular role of Repertory Philippines' staging of "Sweeney Todd." He's currently playing Captain Von Trapp in Resorts World Manila's staging of "The Sound of Music."

He won the 2010 Philstage Gawad Buhay! for Best Direction for Repertory Philippines' "Equus," and is slated to direct Rep's 2012 p…

Naty Crame Rogers' Philippine Drama Company Sala Theater stages "Portrait of an Artist as Filipino" dinner theater on Oct 22 and 28

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Naty Crame Rogers stages "Portrait" dinner theater on Oct 22 and 28
By Walter Ang
Oct. 17, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Natividad "Naty" Crame-Rogers' Philippine Drama Company Sala Theater will perform Nat'l Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin's "Portrait of an Artist as Filipino."

Rogers directs and plays the role of Candida.  Lala Castillo plays Paula.  The play shows how the Marasigan spinster sisters who live inside Intramuros deal with the changes happening in Old Manila prior to the start of World War II, "stubbornly clinging to the genteel though impractical world of Hispanized culture."

The play will be presented as dinner-theater in Ilustrado restaurant in Intramuros.  Audiences can watch the performance while dining on the restaurant's Spanish-Filipino themed-menu: Paella Ilustrado accompanied by Callos Madrilena, Roasted Chicken ala Naranja, and Bonoan Bangus Relleno, among others.

Ilustrado, celebrating its 22nd anni…

Resorts World Manila's "Sound of Music" Oct 15-Dec 30, 2011

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"Sound of Music" at Resorts World Manila starts Oct 15
By Walter Ang
Oct. 15, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Theater leading ladies Cris Villonco and Joanna Ampil will alternate as Maria Rainer in Resorts World Manila's staging of the musical "Sound of Music."

Both will bring to life the role of the earnest and determined postulant nun assigned as a governess to the untamed seven children of stern Navy Captain and widower Georg von Trapp.  Laughter and love blossoms when Maria wins the children (and their father) over with music.

Both have played other "Marias" prior to this production.

Villonco has played lead roles for Repertory Philippines, Dulaang UP and, recently, for Tanghalang Pilipino's "Noli Me Tangere" as Maria Clara.

Ampil has performed internationally, starting her career as Kim in the West End staging of "Miss Saigon" and recently as Maria in Stages Production Specialists' "West Side Story."

Leading me…