Book tickets for these shows now. There’s something for all ages this holiday season
Those who are traveling to Manila for the holidays and are looking for their next culture fix, here’s a roundup* of upcoming shows for the month of November and December.
Book your tickets now before seats get sold out.
Guns N’ Roses
If you still have that Appetite for Destruction (the album, the band shirt and bandana), so do Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and co.
Catch them on November 11 at the Philippine Arena, Ciudad de Victoria, Santa Maria, Bulacan. Ticketworld
The boy band of brothers combined pop, rock and grunge music with skater boy appeal. They’ve upgraded their look since, but they’ll be singing their classic tunes
Catch them November 23 at the Hoops Dome in Cebu city; November 30 at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon city. Viagogo
Boyz II Men
Who can resist blending vocals to “On Bended Knee”, “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day”? Relive the good old days when they perform in town.
Catch them on December 15 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon city. Ticketnet
The Nutcracker by Philippine Ballet Theater
Head on over to the land of sweets with the Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. A young girl is gifted with a nutcracker by her favorite uncle. In a dream, her nutcracker turns into a steadfast prince that saves her from a platoon of mice. The Nutcracker prince rescues her and brings her to a fantasy land where candies and snowflakes come to life and perform beautiful dances. Children especially enjoy the meet and greet after the ballet where they get to have their photos taken with various characters.
Cinderella by Ballet Manila
Brace yourselves for comedic theatrics, special effects and romance as Abigail Oliveiro and Joan Sia lead the cast of Ballet Manila’s version of the world-famous fairytale Cinderella, with choreography by Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso who are both bent on giving the audience a magical experience.
Snow White by Ballet Philippines
March into the festive season with Snow White and her seven dwarves. Choreographed by Ms. Effie Nañas, this charming ballet reminds us that kindness and compassion are more important than physical beauty. Restaging the ballet is Ms. Rhea Dumdum-Bautista who once essayed the role of Snow White.
The Waitress by the Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Sara Bareilles’ hit Broadway musical finds its way to Manila. Acclaimed actress Joanna Ampil topbills this production about an unhappy diner waitress whose life changes when she joined a pie-making contest. The plot also highlights the empowerment of women by fellow females. The Philippine version of the musical is directed by Bobby Garcia and has stellar cast line-up which includes belters Bituin Escalante and Maronne Cruz.
Runs until December 2; Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati city. fb.com/ategasia
All Out Of Love by the Newport Performing Arts Theater
GenExers will enjoy this musical featuring songs of the band Air Supply. Written by award-winning Canadian playwright Jim Millan, All Out Of Love the Musical is a story of love, loss, and friendship strengthened by music. Get ready to groove (and maybe sing softly along) with stars Tanya Manalang, Mig Ayesa, and Rachel Alejandro.
Runs until November 10; Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Pasay city. fb.com/rwmanila
Tagu-taguan, Nasaan ang Buwan by Philippine Educational Theater Association
PETA offers this enchanting production about the importance of storytelling in teaching children about the world. “Tagu-taguan, Nasaan ang Buwan?” follows a young boy’s adventures in the land of Saysay Lupalop, a world of stories and limitless possibilities. The boy named Popoy been tasked with saving the stories and playful imagination. Young actors Noel Comia, Robert Silos, and Omar Uddin take turns as Popoy. Choreography and direction by Dudz Teraña with assistance from Ian Segarra, Charles Yee for set design, and Leeroy New for costume design.
Manila Notes by Tanghalang Pilipino
Tanghalang Pilipino partners with Japan Foundation Manila for the Philippine adaptation of Oriza Hirata’s Tokyo Notes. Translated by Rody Vera, this internationally-acclaimed play will have its viewers to reflect on family and human relations in a modern society. This play has enjoyed world popularity and has been translated into fifteen languages.
Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale by Repertory Philippines
Let down your hair and catch this kitschy reworking of the classic fairytale. The story kicks off with Princess Rapunzel being kidnapped by an evil lady who wants to take over the entire kingdom. She is saved by a knight in search of the perfect head of hair, his hairstylist, a gypsy, and an old dragon. The kids and kids-at-heart are in for a lot of laughter. Cara Barredo and Mikkie Bradshaw alternate as Princess Rapunzel with a formidable cast that includes Hans Eicktheater, Brendon Banares, and theater veterans Carla Guevara-Laforteza and Liesl Batucan.
*Compiled by Clarissa Mijares Ramos