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Ampil, Vera Perez, Bautista in Resorts World Manila’s ‘South Pacific in Concert’


In a press conference of the upcoming musical treat that is based on musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, titled ‘South Pacific in Concert’ with Joanna Ampil, Jon Meer Vera Perez, and Mark Bautista, as the lead stars—was launched on Monday, August 17 at the Passion Cantonese Restaurant.

(From L-R): Jon Meer Vera Perez as Emile de Becque, Joanna Ampil as the American nurse—Nellie Forbush, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Ana Andres as Liat, and Mark Bautista as Lieutenant Joseph Cable. Photograph courtesy of Erickson Dela Cruz.

(From L-R): Jon Meer Vera Perez as Emile de Becque, Joanna Ampil as the American nurse—Nellie Forbush, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Ana Andres as Liat, and Mark Bautista as Lieutenant Joseph Cable. Photograph courtesy of Erickson Dela Cruz.

Ampil, Vera Perez, Bautista, and Ima Castro will play Nellie Forbush, Emile de Becque, Lieutenant Joseph Cablem and Bloody Mary, respectively.

The mounting of this show marks the first time that a concert adaptation of a major musical will be done in the Philippines. Combining the state-of-the-art technical features of the NPAT with the cast’s impressive musical talents, the production offers a new approach to watching stage musicals.

The concert version is exactly the same script that of 1949 Broadway musical, the 1958 film as well as the 2010 revival on Broadway, but it’s abridged because it’s a concert—no set with orchestra on stage. It is presented like a concert with lines so audience can follow the story. It’s exactly like the ‘Les Miz in Concert’. It will be directed by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Full House Company‘s artistic director.

Its plot centers on an American nurse (Forbush) stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II who falls in love with a middle-aged expatriate French plantation owner (de Becque) but struggles to accept his mixed-race children. A secondary romance, between a U.S. lieutenant (Cable) and a young Tonkinese woman (Liat), explores his fears of the social consequences should he marry his Asian sweetheart.

Tickets are now available at all TicketWorld outlets and at the RWM Box Office. Visit www.rwmanila.com or call (632) 908-8833 for more details.

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Latest Article I wrote for BWW-Phils with Steven Silva as the Subject


Since same-sex marriage have triumphantly been legalized nationwide in the United States of America in June 2015, the musical that tackles about two gay men and their struggles of being accepted in society is relevant to what could be considered a breakthrough. BroadwayWorld.com Philippines interviewed Silva about his thoughts on gay marriage, gays in general, as well as his views about gay people.

Below is the excerpt of the article published July 20 on BroadwayWorld.com Philippines.

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Silva as Jean-Michel in 9 Works Theatrical re-run of 'La Cage aux Folles'.  Photograph courtesy of 9 Works.

Silva as Jean-Michel in 9 Works Theatrical re-run of ‘La Cage aux Folles’.
Photograph courtesy of 9 Works.

BWW Interviews: Steven Silva Talks LA CAGE, Theater Adventures & More

Manila, Philippines–9 Works Theatrical’s production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, based on the 1973 French play by Jean Poiret, also the inspiration behind the film “Birdcage,” will have a return engagement at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium (RCBC Plaza in Makati City) from August 15 to September 6 with TV star Steven Silva as Jean-Michel, the son of gay couple, Georges (Michael De Mesa) and Albin (Audie Gemora).

Thoughts About Jean-Michel

In an interview with BroadwayWorld.com, Steven shares what he learned from his character, Jean-Michel, Georges and Albin, and the people around them.

“I’ve learned or relearned that love is love. I found myself watching the scenes between Georges and Albin and forgot the mere fact that they’re two men.

“It’s their portrayal and the truth they give to their respective roles that reminded me that pure and unadulterated love is the main and only prerequisite for a relationship, and I think people will also see that when they watch this show. Another thing I’ve learned is that one needs to be true to himself whether people approve of it or not. It’s one way to instantly make life more happy and fulfilling.”

And like Jean-Michel, Steven is just as comfortable in the presence of gay men. “I am. I think it’s admirable how they can almost carry the qualities of both sexes in a single package.”

Silva plays the son of Michael De Mesa who assumes the role of Georges.  Photograph courtesy of Erickson Dela Cruz.

Silva plays the son of Michael De Mesa who assumes the role of Georges.
Photograph courtesy of Erickson Dela Cruz.

Experiencing, Exploring and Experimenting More

As an actor, Steven has no qualms about taking any roles.

“I think I always have to be open to tackle new and different roles. I read the script and see if the role would give me the chance to grow as an actor and if I could give the role justice.”

Winner of reality TV competition “StarStruck” aired on GMA, Steven admits it has been tough since GMA “let him go” recently; but he also embraces the fact that it’s also the nature of this business. He’s coping.

To read more of the article, click here!

Yul Servo wins a BWW Award


Servo as Biff

Recently, Servo, who also serves as a councilor in a certain district in Manila was named by BroadwayWorld.com Philippines Awards 2014 as Best Crossover Artist (Mainstream to Theater). Servo appeared onstage via Tanghalang Pilipino’s ‘Pahimakas sa isang Ahente’, a play adaptation of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’; translated by Rolando Tinio and directed by Chris Millado.

With his venture onstage, BroadwayWorld.com Philippines recognized his stirring performance and earned a nomination as the central character’s older son—Biff Loman. As Loman, he’s a football star with lots of potential in high school, but failed in math during his senior year and dropped out of summer school when he saw his dad with another woman while visiting him in Boston. His character is a realist and claims as a normal guy and will not be a great man.

The deputy head for AB-CBNnews.com’s lifestyle, entertainment and sports sections—Vladimir Bunoan wrote, “Servo, who previously appeared in the stage adaptation of F. Sionil Jose’s ‘Mass’ and the one-act play ‘Isang Araw sa Karnabal’, captured Biff’s charisma but also gave slight hints of the character’s weakness in a nicely layered performance.

“But when Biff breaks down in front of his father and admits to his own failings and of being ordinary, it becomes a heartbreaking moment that defines the entire play. That scene alone is why ‘Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente’ matters and why it must be seen. It is also makes the point about why Servo deserves to be more successful despite the accolades he has received from his indie turns.”

2014 can be considered a productive year for the actor Yul Servo who starred with the country’s one and only Superstar—Nora Aunor who appeared last in a film ‘Naglalayag’ (Silent Passage) in 2004 and got reunited via the first-time director Perci Intalan’s ‘Dementia’ after 20 years.

Yul Servo Certificate

Servo is also one of Productions56 premium roster of talents under the management of multi-awarded international and veteran film and TV director–Maryo J. Delos Reyes.

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