Manila, Philippines, August 17, 2012 — A day before the musical opened, Repertory Philippines’ (Rep) “The Wizard of Oz,” held a press preview at Greenbelt One’s Onstage Theatre with Cara Barredo as Dorothy Gale, along with James Stacey as the Scarecrow, Hans Eckstein as the Tin Man, and Oliver Usison as the Lion.
The musical was based on the classic children’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” featuring book and lyrics by Jim Eiler, and score by Jeanne Bargy and Eiler. None of the popular songs from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s film adaptation titled “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), starring Judy Garland, were included in this stage adaptation — it was a completely different musical presentation.
BONA: Lino Brocka’s film gets stage adaptation
By Jude Cartalaba
Manila, Philippines, August 13, 2012 — A past entry to both Metro Manila Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival, “Bona,” a critically-acclaimed work of Catalino Ortiz Brocka aka Lino Brocka (1939-1991) that gave the “superstar in Philippine entertainment industry,” Nora Aunor, her Best Actress trophy at the Gawad Urian in 1980, will soon come alive through a stage adaptation by Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) starting Friday, August 24 until Sunday, September 23 at PETA Theater Center. The stage production stars multi-award-winning theater, movie, and television actress Eugene Domingo.
“She’s [Bona] older [more mature] and financially independent; she’s supporting her sister, who takes care of five children from five different fathers. But Bona falls for a younger guy, a contestant in a talent search, unlike the film’s Bona who willingly turned herself into a personal assistant or an alalay, and eventually became the producer of rising star Gardo.”
Tanghalang Pilipino’s artistic director Fernando Josef issued an official statement this morning, informing the public about the cancellation of the shows this week and for this weekend and was moved to a latter date–on Thursday, August 16, exactly a week after. Also part of the statement is the support of the show’s director, Carlos Siguion-Reyna.
Please read and share the official statement.
Due to the unfortunate natural phenomenon that we are experiencing now, we wish to let our valued ticketholders of ‘Walang Sugat’ subscribers, patrons and guests know that we are cancelling our 3pm show and 8pm Gala Performance tomorrow, August 9, and the rest of the performances this weekend, August 10-12. We will, instead, open next week, August 16, Thursday.
(Sgd.) Nanding Josef
Artistic Director – Tanghalang Pilipino
(Sgd.) Carlos Siguion-Reyna
Director – ‘Walang Sugat’