Musical weekends

My friends and I share that same appreciation for theatrical art—the scripts, storylines, actors and overall production fascinates the “potential” artists in us. I, for one, had always been fond of watching how the lights and props add greater life to the different settings used in each play. It takes a gift to create such magical display.

These past two weekends, we were able to watch two musical stage plays—an Australian production of Wicked staged at the CulturalCenter of the Philippines (CCP), and an original story, Rak of Aegis at the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). How did they fare? Read on.

Wicked! The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz
Source: http://alumni.gcc.edu/s/1472/images/editor/events/2012/wicked.jpg

To be honest, I am not really familiar with Wicked’s story or even the whole Oz universe just because I have not yet read any books related to it (don’t worry I’ll begin L. Frank Baum’s book in summer). The only thing I know about Oz is that it has a green city called Emerald City and James Franco played the role of the Wizard in the eye-candy movie, Oz: The Great and Powerful. Very novice, I know. But I kept up by listening to the soundtrack to prepare myself for the stage play and asked a friend for the play’s plot. By Saturday, I felt that I was “prepared” to watch the play.

As soon as we sat down our seats, the audience was already treated to an elaborate stage set—there was this huge dragon above the stage. Wow, parang haunted mansion lang sa theme parks. When the show began, the visual treats began to amaze me one by one. I particularly loved how the production designers played with the multi-colored lights and the shadows to add texture to the whole set. There was a scene where Madame Morrible was showcasing her powers to control the weather and of course, the lights made this believable effect that it was indeed changing. Lol. I felt like a kid fascinated with how the lights danced in front my eyes and how the sound effects added a whole lot of sense to everything.

The Australian cast was also excellent. Of course, everyone’s hoping it was Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenowith playing Elphaba and Glinda, respectively. But that’s wishful thinking. Aside from the fact that they are not reprising their roles, as of current; my stash would not really be able to afford such star-studded performance. Hehe. Anyway, as said, the cast was excellent. While Elphaba’s the bida, it was fun to watch Glinda prance from one part of the stage to another, trying to downplay her popularity by her “false” humility. Hahaha. The script was funny and entertaining; and the song numbers were also good. The highlights would always be Elphaba’s Defying Gravity—can I just say that the levitation part was pure magic to my eyes. Hahaha. Aside from Defying Gravity, I was also touched by their rendition of For Good—Elfie and Glinda’s theme song for their “unlimited” friendship. Naks.

It may have been a more solid and fulfilling experience if I was seated closer to the stage; but again, stash is good only for a balcony seat. I am already thankful for that one. It was something I want to do again. I hope that they bring Miss Saigon here. J

5 out of 5.

Rak of Aegis!
Source: http://petatheater.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Rak-of-Aegis-online-poster.jpg
Some people cringe when they hear OPM songs playing in the radio or sung in street karaokes, as if it does not sound ok. And when we say OPM songs, we mean the likes of Aegis, JBrothers, Renz Verano and Imelda Papin. People are quite snob. They call it jologs. Sarap lang sapakin ng bahagya. Ok, let’s be clear here. There are really songs that are cringe-worthy, but not these. They are classics, to say the least—foundations of our growing music catalogue (if it is indeed growing). In the name of peace, I would not name cringe-worthy songs. :P

When Tom Cruise’s Rock of Ages hit the screens, Pinoy netizens were quick-witted enough to create memes showing local band Aegis under the Tagalized movie title Rak of Aegis. Halfway through 2013, auditions for a stage play using the Aegis song catalogue created a buzz online. True enough, Rak of Aegis will be brought to life. The person behind the whole thing was just genius. Hehe. #FumaFan

The story is set after a major typhoon hit the country. Barangay Venezia is flooded and Aileen Dimaraan’s only shot to stardom was foiled when her camera fell to floodwaters. The play has many characters—Aileen dreams of singing onstage at the Ellen DeGeneres show; his friend Kenny is struggling with his art and his mom’s nagging; Mary Jane is Kenny’s mother and the barangay captain; Kil is Aileen’s father and a man stuck between his need to provide for his family and his helplessness due to unemployment; Mercy is Aileen’s mother, ailing from leptospirosis; Jewel is a gay who tends to his sari-sari store and harbors a secret crush for Kenny; Tolits is a pedicab driver turned bangkero due to the flood, he likes Aileen so much; and then the taumbayan, restless and constantly looking for a means to survive the flood. The play has a love story angle to it, but I’d like to see it as a love letter to the Filipino public. It is laced with the usual funny pick-up lines and pop culture references, but there’s a certain sense of “kurot” that will encourage each one of us to think about the floods that drowned our ordinary lives and how we managed to get through it all. Kunware si Manay Mariah, I can make it through the rain. Charot.

The story is timely and relatable. The script is spot-on. And the stage set was fascinating. I loved how they recreated the flood and the squatter setting onstage. It all looked so real.

The only criticism, I think, was the fact that the producers did not sift further through the Aegis catalogue. I felt that there were a good deal of songs that could have been used in the play, instead of using the same songs and providing a different arrangement to it or revising the lyrics to fit. The song choices were already good, it could just have been better.

5 out of 5.

***


Ok, neseye ne eng lehet is cringe-worthy. But is still a guilty pleasure. There I said it. :P

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Musical weekends

My friends and I share that same appreciation for theatrical art—the scripts, storylines, actors and overall production fascinates the “potential” artists in us. I, for one, had always been fond of watching how the lights and props add greater life to the different settings used in each play. It takes a gift to create such magical display.

These past two weekends, we were able to watch two musical stage plays—an Australian production of Wicked staged at the CulturalCenter of the Philippines (CCP), and an original story, Rak of Aegis at the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). How did they fare? Read on.

Wicked! The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz
Source: http://alumni.gcc.edu/s/1472/images/editor/events/2012/wicked.jpg

To be honest, I am not really familiar with Wicked’s story or even the whole Oz universe just because I have not yet read any books related to it (don’t worry I’ll begin L. Frank Baum’s book in summer). The only thing I know about Oz is that it has a green city called Emerald City and James Franco played the role of the Wizard in the eye-candy movie, Oz: The Great and Powerful. Very novice, I know. But I kept up by listening to the soundtrack to prepare myself for the stage play and asked a friend for the play’s plot. By Saturday, I felt that I was “prepared” to watch the play.

As soon as we sat down our seats, the audience was already treated to an elaborate stage set—there was this huge dragon above the stage. Wow, parang haunted mansion lang sa theme parks. When the show began, the visual treats began to amaze me one by one. I particularly loved how the production designers played with the multi-colored lights and the shadows to add texture to the whole set. There was a scene where Madame Morrible was showcasing her powers to control the weather and of course, the lights made this believable effect that it was indeed changing. Lol. I felt like a kid fascinated with how the lights danced in front my eyes and how the sound effects added a whole lot of sense to everything.

The Australian cast was also excellent. Of course, everyone’s hoping it was Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenowith playing Elphaba and Glinda, respectively. But that’s wishful thinking. Aside from the fact that they are not reprising their roles, as of current; my stash would not really be able to afford such star-studded performance. Hehe. Anyway, as said, the cast was excellent. While Elphaba’s the bida, it was fun to watch Glinda prance from one part of the stage to another, trying to downplay her popularity by her “false” humility. Hahaha. The script was funny and entertaining; and the song numbers were also good. The highlights would always be Elphaba’s Defying Gravity—can I just say that the levitation part was pure magic to my eyes. Hahaha. Aside from Defying Gravity, I was also touched by their rendition of For Good—Elfie and Glinda’s theme song for their “unlimited” friendship. Naks.

It may have been a more solid and fulfilling experience if I was seated closer to the stage; but again, stash is good only for a balcony seat. I am already thankful for that one. It was something I want to do again. I hope that they bring Miss Saigon here. J

5 out of 5.

Rak of Aegis!
Source: http://petatheater.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Rak-of-Aegis-online-poster.jpg
Some people cringe when they hear OPM songs playing in the radio or sung in street karaokes, as if it does not sound ok. And when we say OPM songs, we mean the likes of Aegis, JBrothers, Renz Verano and Imelda Papin. People are quite snob. They call it jologs. Sarap lang sapakin ng bahagya. Ok, let’s be clear here. There are really songs that are cringe-worthy, but not these. They are classics, to say the least—foundations of our growing music catalogue (if it is indeed growing). In the name of peace, I would not name cringe-worthy songs. :P

When Tom Cruise’s Rock of Ages hit the screens, Pinoy netizens were quick-witted enough to create memes showing local band Aegis under the Tagalized movie title Rak of Aegis. Halfway through 2013, auditions for a stage play using the Aegis song catalogue created a buzz online. True enough, Rak of Aegis will be brought to life. The person behind the whole thing was just genius. Hehe. #FumaFan

The story is set after a major typhoon hit the country. Barangay Venezia is flooded and Aileen Dimaraan’s only shot to stardom was foiled when her camera fell to floodwaters. The play has many characters—Aileen dreams of singing onstage at the Ellen DeGeneres show; his friend Kenny is struggling with his art and his mom’s nagging; Mary Jane is Kenny’s mother and the barangay captain; Kil is Aileen’s father and a man stuck between his need to provide for his family and his helplessness due to unemployment; Mercy is Aileen’s mother, ailing from leptospirosis; Jewel is a gay who tends to his sari-sari store and harbors a secret crush for Kenny; Tolits is a pedicab driver turned bangkero due to the flood, he likes Aileen so much; and then the taumbayan, restless and constantly looking for a means to survive the flood. The play has a love story angle to it, but I’d like to see it as a love letter to the Filipino public. It is laced with the usual funny pick-up lines and pop culture references, but there’s a certain sense of “kurot” that will encourage each one of us to think about the floods that drowned our ordinary lives and how we managed to get through it all. Kunware si Manay Mariah, I can make it through the rain. Charot.

The story is timely and relatable. The script is spot-on. And the stage set was fascinating. I loved how they recreated the flood and the squatter setting onstage. It all looked so real.

The only criticism, I think, was the fact that the producers did not sift further through the Aegis catalogue. I felt that there were a good deal of songs that could have been used in the play, instead of using the same songs and providing a different arrangement to it or revising the lyrics to fit. The song choices were already good, it could just have been better.

5 out of 5.

***


Ok, neseye ne eng lehet is cringe-worthy. But is still a guilty pleasure. There I said it. :P

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