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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hilarious, Gay Musical Caps Rep's 76th Theater Season Starting November 15

As the last production for its 76th theater season, Repertory Philippines drops a laugh bomb as it announces its funniest, gayest show to date. Presenting THE PRODUCERS, the biggest hit in Broadway history.

Two theatrical producers, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, hatch a scam to stage the worst Broadway musical they can find, so that they can get rich from investors and then pocket the money when the show flops. After finding the script “Springtime for Hitler” by crazed Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind, they bring on board Roger DeBris, Carmen Ghia as well as their sexpot secretary, Ulla. Their scheme falls apart, however, when “Springtime for Hitler” becomes a smash hit instead. With a crazy synopsis that goes that way, you won't be able to stop the urge to check it out.

Set to open on November 15 at 8 p.m. at Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati, THE PRODUCERS, promises a laugh-till- your-sides-hurt humor which draws on ridiculous accents, homosexual stereotypes, and Nazis, along with many show business in-jokes. It is a satirical comedy that can be appreciated by both insiders and outsiders of the theatre industry.

Based on the 1968 Mel Brooks movie of the same name, The Producers was written by Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with songs arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. With a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, THE PRODUCERS had its original Broadway production, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, at the St. James Theatre on April 19, 2001 and ran for 2,502 performances. It spawned a successful London production running for just over two years, US national tours, many productions worldwide, and a 2005 film version.

Directed by Jaime del Mundo, the Manila premier of THE PRODUCERS features top caliber actors CARLO OROSA and ROBIE ZIALCITA alternating as Max Bialystock, the beleaguered producer facing bankruptcy, who woos little old ladies into backing his shows.

TOPPER FABREGAS takes on the role of Leopold “Leo” Bloom, a cowardly and infantile hapless accountant who first has the idea to produce a flop on purpose.

Media icon G TÖNGI will tackle the role of Ulla, a blonde Swedish bombshell who auditions for the show and becomes Max and Leo’s secretary/receptionist.

Actor-director JOEL TRINIDAD plays Franz Liebkind, a former Nazi whose play is chosen by Max and Leo as a definite flop.

Stage and screen veteran NOEL TRINIDAD (Joel’s father) takes on the role of Roger De Bris, the flamboyant homosexual cross-dresser chosen to direct the show. He will be alternating with role of Roger with one of the icons of Philippine musical theater AUDIE GEMORA.

Versatile actor NOEL RAYOS will take the role of Carmen Ghia, Roger’s “common law assistant.”

The ensemble is composed of Nelsito Gomez, Steven Conde, Tristan Cheng, Jay Pangilinan, Chino Veguillas, Leroy de Guzman, Natalie Everett, Daff Abear, Liesl Batucan, Micaela Pineda, Shalee Vicencio, and Gemini Quintos.

Co-presented by the City of Makati, THE PRODUCERS is full of irreverent humor, silly gags, outlandish characters, and, of course, show-stopping musical numbers.

The show runs from November 15 to December 15, 2013, with shows on the following dates:

Nov 15, Fri, 8pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Nov 16, Sat, 8pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Nov 17, Sun. 3:30pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926

Nov 22, Fri, 8pm -REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Nov 23, Sat, 8pm -REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Nov 24, Sun 3:30 pm -REPERTORY PHILIPPINES -02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926

Nov 30, Sat, 8pm - Philippine College of Chest Physicians - 02 924 9204 / 0917 506 4572
Dec 1, Sun, 3:30pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926

Dec 7, Sat, 8pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Dec 8, Sun, 3:30 pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926

Dec 14, Sat, 8pm - REPERTORY PHILIPPINES - 02 891 9999 / 02 571-6926
Dec 15, Sun, 3:30 pm - Ma. Clarissa C. Arguelles & Kathleen Blanca Littua - 0917 812 8325

 All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City.
The artistic and creative team of THE PRODUCERS is led by Baby Barredo (Artistic Director), Jaime del Mundo (Director), Onyl Torres (Musical Director), Mio Infante (Set Designer), Natalie Everett (Choreographer), and John Batalla (Lighting Designer).

The production staff is composed of Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Goldie T. Soon (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

The marketing, sales and publicity team is led by David Bianco (Marketing Director), Toots Tolentino (PR Director), Oliver Usison (Marketing Assistant), Marie Talay (Cashier), Rose Silva (Sales Supervisor), John Alaras (Design Director), Jojo Mamangun (Photographer), and Lightshapers/ Repertory Philippines (Video Production).

To accommodate all inquiries, Repertory Philippines is accepting reservations for schools, civic groups and corporate sponsorships.

For details of the show, you may contact us the following ways:
By phone: 571-6926 and 571-4941
By e-mail:

Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via
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May not be suitable for children under the age of ten. Children under the age of four are not permitted. See you at the theater!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Alice in Wonderland Follows the Rabbit to Repertory Philippines on August 17

Go on a wild rabbit chase with Alice as she follows the busy rabbit down to the hole of madness as Repertory Philippines’ Theatre for Young Audiences takes you to another colorful adventure with the staging of ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

An invitation and attendance to a Mad Hatter Tea Party press conference held last July by Repertory Philippines provided us our first glimpse into what the play would be like. Knowing how consistently spectacular and colorful were last years’ children’s plays under the masterful direction Ms. Joy Virata, it’s no stretch of the imagination to expect another blockbuster of a play. If the presscon preview was any indication of the fun-ness of this upcoming play, then I am sure all the children will have a blast. You can tell in an instant from the talents’ natural performance and smooth interaction with the others that these thespians have not given up the young child inside them.  I would even go as far to say that being child-like is still a big part of them.  And that is what makes the magic in the Repertory Philippines’ Theatre for Young Audiences come alive.

So what will we expect from this version of the timeless classic whimsical tale of Lewis Caroll?  Fun, craziness, and beautiful music is what I see.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND is set to open on August 17, 2013 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City. The show runs until December 15, 2013. You must not miss it or it’s OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!

The cast is composed of the following: Dani Gana and Chaye Mogg (Alice), Nacho Tambunting, Jim Ferrer and Reb Atadero (Rabbit), Liesl Batucan (Duchess), Bituin Escalante and Natalie Everett  (Queen of Hearts), Becca Coates and Janine Tolentino  (Storyteller / Flora), Rachel Coates and Marie Delgado (Storyteller / Dora), Oliver Usison and Kendrick Ibasco (Walrus / King of Hearts), Nic Campos and Joel Trinidad (French Mouse / Carpenter / Mad Hatter), Onyl Torres and James Stacey (Caterpillar / March Hare), Antonio Lane and Jay Pangilinan (Mock Turtle), Reymund Domingo and Khevin Almario (Duck / Kettle), Edward Briones (Lory / Baby), Dingdong Rosales (Lory / Baby / Tweedledum), Josh Ramirez and Chino Veguillas (Dodo / Tweedledee / Doormouse), Shalee Vicencio and Gold Soon (Moon / Court Member), Ina Salonga (Tears / Court Member), Kyla Rivera (Tears / Oyster / Door), Clark Francis dela Riva and Bobby Superales (Door / Oyster) and Bym Buhain (Door / Tweedledum).

Co-presented by  the City of Makati,  ALICE IN WONDERLAND   is a  perfect treat for the whole family.

 The artistic and creative team of  ALICE IN WONDERLAND is led by Joy Virata (Director), Liesl Batucan (Assistant Director), Baby Barredo (Musical Director), Jamie Wilson (Technical Director), Gino Gonzales (Set Designer), Raven Ong  (Costume Designer), John Batalla (Lights Designer), Lisa, Tintin and Cecille Martinez (Choreographers), Ony Torres (Vocal Coach) and Jay Pangilinan (Musical Arranger).

Friday, April 26, 2013

Mrs. Robinson, the Mother of all Cougars, Bares Onstage

It’s true, Mrs. Robinson, bares it all for the young, more than half her age, neighbor’s son, Benjamin. You didn’t hear it from me, but this classic scandal is still going on at Repertory Philippines with their version of “The Graduate”. Now you can see it with your very own eyes at Onstage Greenbelt on April 26, 27 and 28. 

This mature play is worthy of attention because of the dedication of these fine actors to their roles, going the difficult step of being vulnerable just to achieve the play’s objective and present a believable story.  The acapela background music, simplified stage, 60s make up and wardrobe takes you to that era of our parents and grandparents college days as you notice the similarity of conflicts and issues they had with the present day college students.  The universality and relevancy of the theme will cross over to future generations as well.  Perhaps what will distinguish this play from the movie version is the inclusion of a scene that presented Elaine’s reaction to the whole situation which was originally overlooked or ignored.  Her character was given more importance and thus the quiet voice was allowed to be heard and that hanging question was addressed. 

Pinky Marquez played the pivotal character valiantly, while Reb Atadero played the confused, lost boy with as much fervor.  Sweet Cara Barredo was a shoe-in for the role of Elaine, while Jeremy Domingo portrayed a powerful, distraught father and husband.  Joel Trinidad’s characters served as comic relief to an otherwise very serious play.  Angela Padilla and Natalie Everett were true to their roles even if it meant baring all.  Aside from an entertaining performance, expect a lot of skins exposed as an added treat.

The Graduate, a hilarious, satirical look at middle-class disillusionment and social mores, was first presented to the public in 1963 as a novel by Charles Webb. Four years later, it was adapted as a screenplay by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham. Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross starred in the movie version of the Graduate (17th on the list of the American Film Institute’s Greatest Movies of All Time) which tells the story of Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who, after being seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson, finds himself falling hopelessly in love with her daughter Elaine. Selected in 1996 by the US National Film Institute as being “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant,” the movie went on to become the 21st highest-grossing film in the US and Canada. It also featured the American Film Institute’s 6th most popular movie theme song in the history of American Cinema (“Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel), forever cementing the film in American popular culture.

In 2002, new life was breathed into the story when Terry Johnson adapted The Graduate for the stage. The theatrical production, which starred Kathleen Turner, Jason Biggs, and Alicia Silverstone, ran in London’s West End, on Broadway, and on tour all over the United States.

Now, Repertory Philippines finally brings The Graduate to Manila. Veteran director, playwright, and actor Jaime del Mundo (Shakespeare In Hollywood; The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe; Little Mermaid) directs the play, adding his own unique touch of wit, charm, and edge to this well-loved comedy. Heading the cast is multi-talented theater icon Pinky Marquez (No Way To Treat A Lady; Katy: The Musical) as the iconic “cougar” Mrs. Robinson. Sharing the stage with her are versatile up-and-comers Reb Atadero (Altar Boyz; They’re Playing Our Song) as the hapless Benjamin Braddock and Cara Barredo (Little Women; Rivalry: The Musical) as the charming and innocent Elaine Robinson. Rounding out the cast are theater veterans Jeremy Domingo, Angela Padilla, Natalie Everett, Joel Trinidad, and show director Jaime del Mundo.

With a hilarious script, masterful direction, and brilliant performances led by Ms. Marquez, The Graduate is sure to seduce audiences all over again.

Catch the Repertory Philippines presentation of  The Graduate on April  27(Sat) at 8pm and on April 28 (Sun) 3:30pm at Onstage Greenbelt 1. Tickets at Php1,200.00; Php1000.00, Php800.00 and Php500.00. Call 2150788 or 09175378313 or email for reservations. Show is for adults only. 

with the lovely Mrs. Robinson played by Ms. Pinky Marquez

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rep's "No Way to Treat a Lady" Opens March 1

Press Release:

Repertory Philippines proudly announces its second offering for the year 2013 with “ No Way To Treat A Lady ” --- a musical comedy thriller with book, music and lyrics written by award-winning author/composer Douglas J. Cohen.

Directed by Audie Gemora, “ No Way to Treat a Lady ” is a dark, energetic and funny musical about good boys, bad boys, and the women who shape their lives focusing on themes like betrayal, death, friendship, Jewish/Yiddish issues, love, parenting / family.

The musical was based on the 1964 novel of the same name by William Goldman which was made into a motion picture in 1968.

The dynamic cast of five ( portraying seventeen characters ! ) features Audie Gemora as Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill; Joel Trinidad as Morris Brummel; Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Sarah Stone; Sheila Francisco as Flora Brummel;  Pinky Marquez as Alexandra Gill; and Jamie Wilson as Christopher Gill (Stand In).          
Set in summer 1970’s New York City,  “ No Way to Treat a Lady ” tells the story of Christopher "Kit" Gill (Audie Gemora), an unsuccessful actor turned serial killer ----  a maniac with mommy issues who is on a rampage, and the NYPD detective on his trail, Morris "Moe" Brummell (Joel Trinidad).  Brummell is a Jewish bachelor, who still lives with his overbearing mother, in the shadow of his successful brother, the doctor.

The detective leads a rather unexceptional existence, and yearns for a way to make a name for himself.  His goal is shared by an unlikely person, a serial killer seeking notoriety and attention from the police, the press and the city at large. The killer phones Moe one day and the two begin a taunting game of cat and mouse that results in a strange dependence on one another.

Moe's plan to track and eventually trap the killer is temporarily waylaid when he meets a beautiful, rich society girl who lives in the apartment building of the first victim. Woven into the main story of cop vs. killer are two subplots ---- what made Kit a killer and Moe's relationship with his mother and his new girlfriend.

NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY  received 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.

The schedule of shows are: March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2013 – 8:00 PM; March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2013 – 3:30 PM. All performances are at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City.

Co-presented by the City of Makati, the artistic team of “No Way To Treat a Lady” is composed of Baby Barredo (Artistic Director); Audie Gemora (Director); Liesl Batucan (Assistant Director); Dingdong Fiel (Musical Director); Mio Infante (Set Designer); Raven Ong (Costume Designer) and John Batalla (Lighting Designer).

The production team of “No Way To Treat a Lady”  is  composed of Juno Henares (Officer in charge); Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Gold Soon (Stage Manager); Denis Lagdameo (Technical Director), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

“No Way To Treat a Lady”  a kooky, clever musical --- very entertaining and a fun way to treat an audience.

“No Way To Treat a Lady” is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. Inc.

For details of show, please call 5716926 or 5714941 or email or log on to Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 8919999 or visit

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Boeing Boeing : Naughty and Nice

Maintaining three girlfriends at a time is a matter of being organized and having a loyal housekeeper to cover for you.  That’s the advice of Bernard Whitford, the American playboy living in Paris  in Repertory Philippines’ season opener, “Boeing Boeing”.   This ‘60s sex comedy  is about living every man’s fantasy of juggling three girlfriends at one time---all flight attendants from different airlines and different nationalities.  An American, an Italian, and a German flight attendant, are all longing to be with the same guy.  So tell me that isn’t every warm-blooded male’s secret fantasy, aside from being James Bond?

The situation may make great locker room talk with the other guys but happiness is short-lived, and as the play proves, may be even be tragic or lonely in the end.  Reality is tweaked in this presentation since this is a comedy, so don’t  expect a tragic or suicidal ending. 

Giannina Ocampo, Jennifer Blair Bianco, and  Carla Dunareanu play the drop dead gorgeous sex kitten-like flight attendants who are scene stealers not only with their physique but funny acting performance and their brightly colored blue, red, and yellow uniforms.  It was a struggle for the guys to compete for the audience attention when these girls are on stage no matter what great actors they are.  No doubt they performed wonderfully but they were no match to sexy girls in lingerie.  It’s not their fault they were born male with less physical attributes to stare at.  Let’s face the facts, women have a way of getting attention no matter how smart or talented their male co-actors are.

Topper Fabregas is certainly one of Rep’s up and coming comedians to watch out for.  He was one of the scene stealers in last year’s Rep play “Leading Ladies” and he was memorable as well in his role in “Sweet Charity”.  David Bianco was notable for his gay role in “Next Fall” as the partner of Bart Guingona.

It was clear that the German flight attendant Gretchen played by Carla Dunareanu was the favorite of the audience for her loud antics and physical comedy. Her scenes with Topper Fabregas had the highest in the laugh meter.

Ms. Baby Barredo, the grand dame of Repertory, was not to be outdone.  She shone brightly in her short bursts of stage appearance as Bertha, the long-suffering housekeeper, with her one-liners and cocky-style of acting.  Director, set designer and veteran theater actor Miguel Faustmann did excellently in putting this play together.

The cast features David Bianco as Mr. Bernard Whitford, an American architect businessman living in Paris ---  A playboy who juggles love affairs with three air hostesses who touch down briefly but lovingly in his apartment between flights.

Topper Fabregas plays the role of the unworldly Robert, Bernard’s boyhood friend, newly arrived from Wisconsin. 

The three fiancées are played by: Giannina Ocampo as  Gabriella, the sentimental, lusty Italian stewardess. Carla Dunareanu as Gretchen, the hilarious, aggressive, dominating but thin-skinned German stewardess. Jennifer Blair Bianco as Gloria, the Southern belle with upbeat disposition take-charge health-obsessed American stewardess.

Baby Barredo plays the role of Bertha, Bernard's long-suffering housekeeper who is a chic, black-clad philosopher. A French existentialist maid who loves nothing more than to complain. Ms. Joy Virata is alternate.

The artistic and creative team of BOEING BOEING is led by Baby Barredo (Rep Artistic Director), Miguel Faustmann (Stage Director/Set Designer), John Batalla (Lighting Designer), and Raven Ong (Costume Designer).

BOEING BOEING’s production staff is composed of Juno Henares (Officer-in-Charge), Gidget Tolentino (Production Manager), Andrew Miranda (Stage Manager), Pol Roxas (Sound Technician), Pablito Salvador (Lighting Technician) and Adul Lasin (Set Execution and Scenic Artist).

The marketing, sales and publicity of BOEING BOEING is led by Toots Tolentino (Publicist), Charlie Barredo with Oliver Usison, Letty Barredo, Marie Talay and Rose Silva (Marketing and Sales) and photography by Jojo Mamangun.

For further inquiries regarding the details of show, please call 5716926 or 5714941 or email or log on to Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 8919999 or visit

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