Repertory Philippines Announces its 2013 Season

Often called the “most professional English-speaking theater company in the country,” REPERTORY PHILIPPINES is the only company in the Philippines that has been doing what it knows best—performing shows of wholesome, quality entertainment—so that Philippine audiences can enjoy the pleasures and gain the lessons uniquely offered by the theater experience. 

The heart of the program of Repertory Philippines is its season of plays, staged from January to April running every weekend of the year except for the months of May, June, and July.  Each season features four plays with genres ranging from musical, comedy, drama or classic. A children’s play is also featured in a theater season. 

Since 1967- 2012, Repertory Philippines has produced well-known shows as Les Miserables, A Chorus Line, Carousel, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler On The Roof, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, Evita, Woman in Black, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Equus, Private Lives, Amadeus, Man of La Mancha, Jekyll and Hyde and more than 300 other plays.  The works of Shakespeare are also a regular part of Repertory Philippines’ program.  Some productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet.  For young audiences, the very popular REP Children’s Theater has produced musicals such as Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin (Jr.), Jack and the Beanstalk, Seussical and The Wizard Of Oz. 

In celebration of the 46th year of Repertory Philippines, the year 2013 proudly marks the 76th theater season with an exciting line-up of shows that will surely be one of the best theater treats everyone will experience like no other.

Herewith is a summary of the productions:

BOEING BOEING

By Marc Camoletti

Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans

Playdates: January 25, 26 ; February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2013 – 8:00PM

January 26, 27 ; February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2013 – 3:30PM

The classic ’60s sex comedy hit of errors that won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Bernard, a playboy juggles three fiancées, all flight attendants, with careful planning and the reluctant assistance of his housekeeper. But weather delays and the invention of a faster Boeing jet send his elaborate love life into chaos.

Starring Michael de Mesa (a Repertory debut) and Michael Williams. 

Directed by Miguel Faustmann.

 

NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY

Book, Music and Lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen

Based on the novel by William Goldman

Playdates: March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2013 – 8:00PM

March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2013 – 3:30PM

A devilish blend of humor, romance, and murder in a theatrically charged musical comedy thriller based on a bestselling novel and renowned movie. With a Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting, a Richard Rodgers grant, and a nomination for Best Revival by the New York Outer Critics Circle.

Starring Michael Williams and Carla Guevara-Laforteza.

Directed by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo.

THE GRADUATE

Adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson

Based on the novel by Charles Webb and the Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry

Playdates: April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2013 – 8:00PM

April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2013 – 3:30PM

From a hallmark cult movie to a comedy smash hit on Broadway and the West End, THE GRADUATE tells the story of an innocent and directionless college graduate who is seduced by an older woman while he falls in love with her daughter.

Starring Cherie Gil, Reb Atadero and Cara Barredo.

Directed by Jaime del Mundo.

(THE GRADUATE is strictly for Adults 18 years old and above)

 

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Book by Jim Eiler

Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy

Lyrics by Jim Eiler

Adaptation by  Jim Eiler

Adapted from the book by Lewis Carroll

Playdates: August 17 – December 15, 2013

This is Alice’s incredible journey into a world unlike her own where she meets the most surprising set of wild characters. With music, mayhem, and interactive play, Repertory’s Children’s Theater continues its mission to leave its audiences with a sense of wonder and a love for stage with Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy’s musical, ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

Directed by Joy Virata.

THE PRODUCERS

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan

Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Playdates: November 15 – December 15, 2013

As a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. This classic cult comedy broke all records and won a record 12 Tony Awards - including Best Musical -  more than any other musical ever !

Directed by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Jaime del Mundo.

BYM: SHOW STOPPER THEA YRASTORZA

Thea Yrastorza is one of the most promising new actresses of my generation. She caught my eye after playing the sinister Cacai in Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s Battalia Royale which will be having a rerun this September. Despite being the antagonist of that show, she was clearly the crowd favorite. It’s like you wanted her to succeed, kill all the students, and be the last woman standing. Haha. And then I find out she’s one of the newest members of the Silly People’s Improv Theater or SPIT. How cool is that? She is one of this year’s Bright Young Manila Show Stoppers =) Read up on her here! 

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