We just capped off a successful first week of shows for Bluerep’s 13 the Musical - by successful, I don’t mean that we had SRO (Standing Room Only) or full houses. By successful, I mean that we touched so many lives by the story that we shared (live) with our audiences. I rush to Ateneo from ABS-CBN and my other preoccupations everyday; not necessarily to sit through the two-hour piece but just to be surrounded by the energy of the team that brings in to life every day. It’s become my addiction - and seemingly, my life stopped when 13 opened.

That’s the story of my life. I get so tangled up in other commitments, wanting to try other things but always, theater brings me back. It’s kind of like the story of Edie Beale and the Grey Gardens - the one where she wants to leave her mother who she has developed some parasitic relationship with. They’ve become so antagonizing, always fighting - like it’s preventing the younger Beale from moving on with the rest of her life. And just when she finds the courage and strength to leave, the mother beckons. And she drops her suitcases and unwillingly (but willingly) returns.

That’s the kind of relationship I have with the theater. It’s a love hate relationship. I love it because it’s where I feel most alive. I hate it because it’s so marginalized. And being part of a marginalized sector where sure, you do your damned hardest and yet you don’t reap the rewards accordingly - whether financially on the business or performing side, or the kind of support that other industries get.

Makes me wonder - is everything nowadays a PR effort? Or does reception or success rest solely on hype as opposed quality and content? Is there something we’re not doing right? I want to know the answer to those questions. 

I can’t stop though. I’m 25 and on my quarter life, and I have 75 years (or less) to try and shed light on these questions (and also give back to the industry and passion that I love). I will be theater’s Edie Beale.

The theater will find it’s sexy back at some point. 

In the meantime, hope you can catch 13 the Musical which is approaching its second week of shows. It’s no Phantom of the Opera behemoth but I guarantee you’ll enjoy and maybe cry a little :)

Be sure to catch Severino Reyes’ Walang Sugat, starring Cris Villonco / Noel Rayos / Antonio Ferrer / Lou Veloso / Bodjie Pascua and Ms. Noemi Manikan-Gomez Brought to us by Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP’s resident theater company, the musical will be directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna. 
Runs from August 9 - 27 2012at the Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines

Be sure to catch Severino Reyes’ Walang Sugat, starring 
Cris Villonco / Noel Rayos / Antonio Ferrer / Lou Veloso / Bodjie Pascua 
and Ms. Noemi Manikan-Gomez 

Brought to us by Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP’s resident theater company, the musical will be directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna. 

Runs from August 9 - 27 2012
at the Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino, 
Cultural Center of the Philippines

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the choreo you’ll be seeing in Blue Rep’s 13 the Musical, opening next Wednesday!! (already?!?! What?!?! Where did all the time go? Oh yes, time flies fast when you’re having fun… and when you’re working in publishing where your days just keep eating up into each other. hahaha )

Back to the video, what you’re about to see doesn’t even do justice to the awesomeness of Mica Fajardo’s choreography. Wow, I’m starting to sound like I’m in college again - well, of course I’m always surrounded by them, and outside of campus, I’m working in a magazine that’s all about college. Haha. Van Wilder forever! Anyway, enough rambling…

Watch this video, and catch Bluerep’s 13 the Musical, opening next Wednesday (July 25)!

Joe: The Filipino Rock’sical

Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF), the theater company that brought three of the most talked about, all-original, longest-running, and highly-successful productions of ‘Ako si Ninoy’, ‘Enzo… Santo’, and ‘Cory ng EDSA’—will be mounting its latest opus—‘Joe: A Filipino Rock’sical’.

PSF’s latest offering this season aims to rock the understanding of every Filipino about the country’s national hero—Gat. Dr. Jose Rizal - how his personal struggle can be reflective of national inspiration.

Atty. Vince Tañada attempts to present and deconstruct the hero’s image and explore it, in order to fully understand history, the hero’s struggles, and how he really deserved to be the hero of young and old Filipinos.

Joining him in the cast is PSF homegrown talented artists, who also made names for themselves in the paths they chose to follow.

‘Joe: The Filipino Rockssical’ is written and directed by Atty. Vince Tañada, original music by Pipo Cifra, and choreography by John San Antonio.

Philippine Stagers Foundation is a recipient of several awards apart from being a four-time Aliw Awardee, it has earned the BroadwayWorld.com Philippines award in 2011, Presidential Award for Ten Accomplished Youth Organization of the Philippines in 2010, and Presidential Award on Dangal ng Bansa in 2010.