Those who are traveling to Manila and are looking for their next culture fix, here’s a roundup* of dances, plays and musicals for the month of March.
Noli Me Tangere, The Opera
Experience, Witness and Enjoy #NoliMeTangereOpera!'Noli Me Tangere, The Opera' returns to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on March 8-10, 2019!Performances: March 8 (Fri.-Gala), 8 p.m., March 9 (Sat.-Matinee), 2 p.m., and March 10 (Sun.-Matinee), 2 p.m.Ticket Prices: Gala: Orchestra Center – P3,500, Orchestra Side/Parterre – P2,800, Balcony 1 Center-P1,500, Balcony 1 Center – P1,500, Balcony I Side – P1,200, and Balcony II Center & Side – P1,000Matinee: Orchestra Center – P2,800, Orchestra Side/Parterre – P2,300, Balcony I Center – P1,400, Balcony I Side – P1,200, and Balcony II Center & Side – P90050% off for students, 20% discount for senior citizens, PWD, government and military personnelFor tickets, call J&S Productions Inc. 0947 168 1714, 0915 819 3459, or 02 998 2356.The opera is performed with English supertitles. #NoliOpera
Posted by Noli Me Tangere Opera Manila on Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Cultural Center of the Philippines marks its 50th year with the restaging of “Noli Me Tangere the Opera”. The production, noted as the first Filipino full-length opera based on the novel by Dr. Jose Rizal, was first created by National Artists Guillermo Tolentino and Felipe de Leon. Jerry Sibal and Jeffrey Camanag co-directs a love story set against a backdrop of tyranny, torture and murder during the Spanish era.
Limited run with a gala performance on March 8, 8pm and matinee performances on March 9 and 10 at 2pm; Tangalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City
Phantom of the Opera
We've put together some highlights from the Open Rehearsals of The Phantom of the Opera! #PhantomManila
Posted by Concertus Manila on Saturday, January 26, 2019
Andrew Lloyd Weber’s most popular musical, The Phantom of the Opera returns to Manila this February, courtesy of Concertus Manila. This story of musical genius, love turned obsession, and the intriguing mystery of the theater will certainly have Manila theatergoers enthralled.
Runs until March 10 with shows on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2:30pm and 8pm, The Theatre at Solaire, Parañaque city.
Watch our 23rd Season finale “Deux” this March 2019! Pronounced as /dø/, it is the French word for the number two (2). A double header featuring “Les Sylphides”, a dreamy, romantic ballet set to the music of Frederic Chopin and “The Winding Road”, an original ballet by Martin Lawrance set to the music of the Beatles.Buy tickets now at http://bit.ly/BMDeux or call 891-9999!Show dates on:March 2 & 9, 2019 6:00 p.m.March 3 & 10, 2019 3:00 p.m.Aliw Theater, Pasay City
Posted by Ballet Manila on Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Ballet Manila gears up for the last offering of their 23rd season with Deux, which combines classical and contemporary dance through the “white ballet” Les Sylphides with music by Frederic Chopin, alongside a new dance suite inspired by the music of the Beatles. Renowned British choreographer Martin Lawrence collaborates with Ballet Manila once again for The Winding Road, that aims to bring Beatlemania to dance fans in Manila.
Runs until March 10, with matinee shows at 3:00pm and evening gala shows at 6:00pm; Aliw Theater, Pasay city
Who was Emilio Aguinaldo? Find out in MIONG, REP’s season opener.Don’t miss REP’s re-staging of its highly-acclaimed…
Repertory Philippines opens its 82nd season with “Miong”, an original musical based on the life of Emilio Aguinaldo, the Philippines’ first president. The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 finalist Tim Pavino will play the title role and hopes to stir nationalism among theater patrons.
Runs until March 10 with shows on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3:30pm and 8pm, Onstage Theatre, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas St. Makati city
Every Brilliant Thing
A look at some of the brilliant things that went down during a special sneak peek of Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing. Starring Teresa Herrera and directed by Jenny Jamora, Every Brilliant Thing tells the story of a young girl who chronicles all the little things that make life worth living for. The show doesn't romanticize nor gloss over the issue of mental health. Instead, it paints an honest portrait of someone suffering from a mental health issue by taking us through the peaks and dips of her story. Just like life, #EveryBrilliantMNL shows that things are better experienced with a helping hand from your friends.#EveryBrilliantMNL
Posted by The Sandbox Collective on Sunday, January 20, 2019
Teresa Herrera alternates with Kakki Mendoza in “Every Brilliant Thing”. Directed by Jenny Jamora, Sandbox Co. and 9Works Theatrical’s one-woman interactive show touches on intimate and complicated issues of mental health. Do stay on for the talk-back that happens every show.
Extended run: March 15-17, with shows every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:30pm; matinee shows on Saturdays at 2:30pm, Zobel De Ayala Recital Hall, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center in Bonifacio Global City.
#CHAROTBTS Handang handa na ang P.I. citizens sa pagboto ngayong Pebrero! Ikaw…may ticket ka na ba? Dahil ilang tulog na lang at magbubukas na ang pinakabagong comedy musical ng PETA! #AabotDinYan #PETACHAROTMaki-boto, maki-chacha, at makikanta ngayong Feb 8 – Mar 17 sa PETA Theater Center! For tickets, check TicketWorld Manila at www.ticketworld.com.ph or Ticket2Me Events at www.ticket2me.net. For showbuying/bulkbuying inquiries, call PETA at 0927-603-5913. #PETASONA #PETAStageOfTheNation
Posted by Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) opens the year with “Charot”, a Filipino colloquial term often used at the end of a sentence to connote that the previous statement was a joke. Maribel Legarda directs the first ever Filipino interactive musical comedy that aims to use theater as a platform for imagining life as consequences of our political preferences.
Runs until March 16 with shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm, at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Saturdays and Sundays have matinees at 3pm.
Can you spot Cayo Marcio and Tulo Aufidio? Watch this brand new trailer of CORIOLANO now!See this play at the CCP Little Theater starting February 22!#BayaniOBerdugo#TanghalangPILIpino
Posted by Tanghalang Pilipino on Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Coriolano” is about a legendary Roman soldier turned tyrant. Based on the rarely-staged Shakespearean tragedy Coriolanus, Coriolano warns of the impact of greed, temperament, and political ambition. Tanghalang Pilipino’s Marco Viana plays the title role alongside Frances Makil Ignacio of Dulaang UP and Brian Sy of Tanghalang Ateneo. The play has been translated to Filipino by Palanca awardee Guelan Luarca, and is directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna.
Runs until March 17 with shows every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8pm; Matinee shows every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. All performances will be at the CCP Little Theater, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.
Eto na! Musikal nAPO!
Heto na…Heto na…HETO NAAA HAH HAH! Heto na ang pinakahihintay natin–ang pagbabalik ng ETO NA! MUSIKAL nAPO! FEB 2, 2019!Ihanda na ang tropa at bumili na ng tickets sa 586-7105, 0917-554-5560 o sa www.ticketworld.com.ph! #MusikalnAPO
Posted by 9 Works Theatrical on Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The original Filipino musical hit of 2018, Eto na! Musikal nAPO! by writer-director Robbie Guevarra, returns to the stage this February. Prepare to sing along to popular tunes from OPM legends Apo Hiking Society when you watch 9Works Theatrical’s show anchored on nostalgia, nationalism, romance, and love for good music.
Runs until March 17 with shows every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm and 8pm, Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Bonifacio Global City.
Tales of Manuvu
Choreographed and directed by Alice Reyes, Tales of the Manuvu is based on the retelling of the origin myths of the Manobo Tribe. National Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera wrote the script and lyrics for the music of Nonong Pedero. Katsch Catoy returns as lighting designer, whose mastery continues to add magic to the stage, while multi-awarded filmmaker and Broadway theater designer Loy Arcenas joins BP to create all-new sets and costumes. This year, original cast members Celeste Legaspi and Boy Camara reunite with Ballet Philippines to once again lend their powerful vocals to the musical with Ding Mercado. Joining these musical legends are multi-awarded performers Shiela Valderrama, Lorenz Martinez, Nar Cabico, Reuben Laurente, Poppert Bernadas and Lara Maigue. Straight from her Miss Saigon tour in Irelend, Aicelle Santos will also be joining in this grand revival of Tales of the Manuvu by Ballet Philippines.Get your tickets now before they run out! Exclusively on Ticketworld (891-9999), CCP Box Office (832-3704), or Ballet Philippines Box Office (551-1003) or online at www.ticketworld.com.ph as well as in all Ticketworld outlets.Tales of the Manuvu runs from March 22 – 31, 2019, at the CCP Main Theater. Show dates and schedules are as follows:March 22, 2019 | 8:00 PMMarch 23, 2019 | 2:00 PM & 7:00 PMMarch 24, 2019 | 2:00 PM & 7:00 PMMarch 30, 2019 | 7:00 PMMarch 31, 2019 | 2:00 PMA special matinee show on March 24 will be mounted in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Maryknoll/Miriam College Alumni Association (MMCAA) and for the benefit of the Lumakad Bakwit School Manobo. Everyone is welcome to join in on this special performance. Tickets will be available at TicketWorld.
Posted by Ballet Philippines on Thursday, February 28, 2019
Ballet Philippines culminates its 49th season with a revival of the rock opera ballet “Tales of the Manuvu”. Choreography by Alice Reyes, BP artistic director and National Artist for Dance, shows the creation of the Manobo tribe from Mindano with libretto written by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera. The stage icons of Philippine music: Celeste Legaspi, Boy Camara and Ding Mercado will join the BP cast, alongside Aicelle Santos (fresh from her Miss Saigon tour in Ireland). Rock band Radioactive Sago Project also takes centerstage, led by musical director and producer Francis de Veyra.
Opens March 22 and runs until March 31, with matinee shows at 2:00pm and evening gala shows at 7:00pm. All performances will be at the CCP Main Theater, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay city
Ang Huling El Bimbo
Posted by Full House Theater Company on Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Fans can’t get over Full House Theater Company’s Ang Huling El Bimbo, that Resorts World Manila has decided to do a restaging of the production this March. Written by Dingdong Novenario and directed by Dexter Santos, the all-original musical based on the songs by Eraserheads will gather actors Gian Magdangal, OJ Mariano, Jon Santos, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Reb Atadero, Bibo Reyes, Boo Gabunada, Topper Fabregas, and Tanya Manalang.
Runs untils April 6 with shows every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3pm and 8pm, at Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex, Pasay city.
*Compiled by Clarissa Mijares Ramos