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Extra! Extra! Disney’s Newsies is coming to town!

Extra! Extra! Disney’s Newsies is coming to town!

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The winner of two Tony awards including Best Score, Disney’s Newsies will make its Philippine debut courtesy of Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical, featuring a creative team and cast of the best talent across the Philippines

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Disney’s 2012 runaway hit musical, Newsies, ran on Broadway for two years. It ran for 1,005 performances and in that time garnered over 24 theatrical nominations including the Drama Desk, Outer Circle Critics Awards, and a total of eight Tony awards. It won Best Score for Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, and Best Choreography for Christopher Gattelli. This high-energy musical inspired by the true-to-life events of the “Newsboy Strike of 1899” is a show about social injustice, exploitative labor conditions, and the power of protesting against large-scale corrupt establishments.

Newsies Casts Another Strike

Newsies was first produced as a motion picture musical in 1992, starring Christian Bale. The movie found a dedicated audience called “Fansies,” who pushed for a live stage adaptation. The clamor was so strong that Disney Theatrical Productions brought the stage musical to life, with Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy) writing the book, and original composers Alan Menken and Jack Feldman adding new songs. Newsies premiered in Paper Mill Playhouse in 2011 before Disney Theatrical brought it to Broadway the following year.

Disney Newsies Strike

The show follows the charismatic newsboy Jack Kelly, a leader of a gang of “Newsies,” who “dreams of a better life far from the hardships of the streets.” From his humble beginnings, Jack Kelly becomes an activist who rallies the newsboys to protest against the rising distribution rates put forward by publishing giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. From newsboys to activists, the musical dramatizes the David-versus-Goliath fight for social justice and better working conditions

Gian Magdangal and Kelly
Danielle Chopin as Katherine Plumber and Gian Magdangal as Jack Kelly.

Playing the lead role of Jack Kelly is recording artist, singer, actor and 9 Works Theatrical mainstay Gian Magdangal, who has just come back from a stint at Hong Kong Disneyland’s The Golden Mickeys and Universal Studios Japan. Joining him as part of the newsboys are Jef Flores (recent Gawad Buhay awardee for Outstanding Lead Actor for Tick, Tick…BOOM! ), Daniel Drilon (Secret Garden, Fun Home), Tory Cortez (Hansel and Gretel, A Christmas Carol), Luis Marcelo (Little Shop of Horrors), and Alex Diaz (Host & TV Personality, MYX VJ). Also in the cast are Danielle Chopin (Into the Woods, My Fair Lady), Greg Dulcie (The Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd), Pinky Marquez (The Wedding Singer, Beauty and the Beast), and Raymund Concepcion (Annie, The Little Mermaid).

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Rounding up the cast are Franz Imperial, Ariel Reonal, Joni Galeste, Melissa Bell, Ian Ocampo, Ronelson Yadao, Erick Arenas, Jourdan Bartolome, Mark Anthony Grantos, Jim Ferrer, Chesko Rodriguez, Kendrick Ibasco, Anton Posadas, Stephen Viñas, Clark dela Riva, Jon Abella, MC dela Cruz, Vyen Villanueva and Jan Mayo.

 Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical’s production of Disney’s Newsies is directed by Robbie Guevara, together with PJ Rebullida as choreographer, Franz Imperial as assistant director, Daniel Bartolome as musical director, Yek Barlongay additional choreography for tap, Ed Lacson as set designer, Eric Pineda as costume designer, Martin Esteva as lighting designer, GA Fallarme as video & projection designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer and Dong Calingacion as technical director.

Heading the production team are executive producers Joe Caliro (Globe Live) and Santi Santamaria (9 Works Theatrical), Denise Seva (Globe Live Director for Events and Production), with 9 Works Theatrical’s Anna Santamaria as company manager, Jonjon Martin and Issa Tuason as PR managers, GM Hernandez as marketing manager, and Arma Bonilla as stage manager.

Newsies will be staged at the Globe Iconic Store Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City on July 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 & 28-30, 2017 at 8:00pm.

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Disney’s Newsies is a production of Globe Live & 9 Works Theatrical, co-presented by FOX and StarWorld, with MAC Cosmetics as the official make-up partner. Special thanks to RX93.1, Bonifacio High Street and Mossimo.

 Disney’s Newsies is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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Noli Me Tangere: The Musical a Hit!

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Where Les Miserables meets Miss Saigon

Cast members of Noli Me Tangere:The Musical after a succesful perfomances
Cast members of Noli Me Tangere:The Musical after a succesful perfomances. Photo Credit: Jophel Huffman

Hollywood CA (Social Dragon PR) July 22, 2015. The anticipation was high outside Cerritos Performing Arts on July 11, 2015 before 8PM, Noli Me Tangere The Musical returns in Los Angeles, where Dr. Jose Rizal’s legacy bringing to life and the music from legendary Ryan Cayabyab.

Curtains opening: speech from the producer of the show Teatro Pilipino USA, First Act was really dark then the whole casts started singing in crescendo like style and building the momentum.

The most memorable characters were Crisostomo Ibarra played by Miguel Vera, a multi-talented singer/recording artist. Miguel Vera’s performance was amazing amazing plus his portayal was believable. Sisa’s portrayal was dramatic tear jerker and made me laugh out loud.

A charming Maria Clara with vocal prowess and the ability to command each musical numbers with heart and soul.

Kapitan Tiago’s performance with excellent vocal plus unexpected serious and very funny moments througout the duration of the musical.

The famous couple played by Nepomuceno and Garcia were extremely funny and it adds the life of the musical and unforgeatable moments . In addition, the entire casts were talented from dancing to vocals. – MJ Racadio of #USPressAssociation

4.5 stars out of 5 stars

What’s next for Teatro Pilipino USA perhaps debut in a great white way? Heard it in the grapevine international staging in Canada.

Where Novel meets History

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by MJ Racadio

Where Novel meets History

Noli Me Tangere: The Musical
Noli Me Tangere: The Musical

Hollywood CA (Social Dragon PR) July 02, 2015. Jose Rizal’s novel is widely known as bold and fearless confessions during Spanish occupation in the Philippines. Noli Me Tangere : The Novel is the legacy left by Jose Rizal but Filipino Americans in today’s generation will witness The Musical version this coming July 11, 2015 2PM & 8PM at Cerritos Performing Arts.

In June 19, at iDance Studio in Carson during the Press Conference, had a chance getting to know the lead character as well heard the music by legendary Ryan Cayabyab.

Here are the reviews after hearing the performance.

“Heartwarming and unforgettable perfomances by Sisa & Crisostomo Ibarra portrayed by Miguel Vera’s, his  vocal ability was superb and the music by Cayabyab was in pecfection, a must see ” – MJ Racadio of US Press Association.

Lets find out what the production team has to say.

MJ: What are the challenges to make the musicals

Production Team: Casting was a challenge because mostly Fil-Ams could hardly speak tagalog, most cast has day jobs, practically we rehearse in the weekends.

with Miguel Vera as Crisostomo Ibarra
with Miguel Vera as Crisostomo Ibarra

Miguel Vera said his been a stage actor before recording artist.

MJ: This is your second year to portray Crisostomo Ibarra. What preparation do you have for the character?

Miguel Vera as Crisostomo Ibarra: No preparations at all but I need to be fit physically and mentally for the character because this is very demanding role.

MJ: How do you take care of your voice?

Miguel Vera: a lot of sleep.

Noli Me Tangere: The Musical will indeed brings the history back to life, legacy by Dr. Jose Rizal.

Buy your tickets now!

July 11, 2015 at The Cerritos Performing Arts.

Matinee 2PM & Evening 8PM

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