Thursday, September 2, 2010

When Titans Clash on a Roller Disco: Xanadu Manila Review

When Titans Clash on a Roller Disco: Xanadu Manila Review

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Onstage Seat Guidelines

1. Gather audience in one area
2. Collect cellphones. Explain that they interfere with the sound system
3. Ask guest to not sit on seats with an X mark as cast members sits there.
4. Ask guest not to touch any props beside them.
5. Give guest glow sticks and tell them to only break to use it at the end of the show during Xanadu. Cast members remind them when to use them.
6. Very important: Keep feet, rags etc. out of aisles. Cast members are skating around them and this could be dangerous.
7. Enjoy yourself and clap loud. Everyone is watching you!
8. No standing during the performance so use bathroom now.
9. Usher then to seats 15 minutes before show starts (at 7:50 pm)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Theaterrific!: Five Facts You Should Know About Xanadu the Musical and its Manila Production

Theaterrific!: Five Facts You Should Know About Xanadu the Musical and its Manila Production:

"Number ONE: The musical is more of a parody, rather than an adaptation of the 1980 movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.

Number TWO: Kira, the lead character, has this exaggerated Australian accent. Why? Since it’s a parody, they’re trying to spoof Olivia Newton-John who plays the lead in the movie. Newton-John is an Australian.

Number THREE: Aside from Sonny Malone’s short shorts, the musical is also short with just one act.

Number FOUR: Six actors will be on skates including Kira and Sonny. This means a lot of dancing on skates! Exciting!

Number FIVE: This will be Chari Arespacochaga’s return AS A STAGE ACTOR since Dogeaters in 2007. She plays Melpomene, one of the evil women, and, for those who are asking, her role is not black, okay?! Not because she's belting, it already means that the role should be black. (And you don’t ask questions like 'is your role black?' Because aside from that being a nonsense question, you’ll sound a little racist. :-) I told you I'm nice, I even give advices to other people, oh!)"

Saturday, August 21, 2010

An Exciting Cast for Xanadu

Atlantis Productions is cooking up yet another amazing show, this time with musical theater aficionados and curious viewers being brought back to the bright lights and raucous sounds of the ’80s in Xanadu The Musical.

Guaranteed to be as colorful and upbeat as a rollerskating disco, the production has a whirling dervish of an ensemble cast, with director Bobby Garcia at the helm. He shares, “I’m thrilled to be directing Xanadu. It is a musical I was instantly smitten with when I saw it in New York in 2007. I suspect it will be one of the zaniest rehearsal periods I have had and I look forward to the fun with this amazing cast!”

Rachel Alejandro, who endeared herself to theatergoers with her dual portrayals of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q is welcoming what is apparently the most demanding role she’s ever tackled, this time as Kira in Xanadu. She’ll be singing, dancing, and rollerskating to the famous Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra tunes.

Felix Rivera, considered Philippine theater’s “golden boy” (he led the cast of four musicals this year alone!) is more than prepared for his latest demanding role, this time as male lead Sonny.

Also in the musical are equally passionate and fiery performers certain to keep your eyes fixated on the theater stage: Noel Trinidad as Danny, Chari Arespacochaga and Yael Pineda playing Melpomene and Calliope (the show’s “Evil Women”), respectively, and Anthony Ong, Glen Llanes, Alys Serdenia and Bea Garcia portraying the Greek Muses.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

The Cast

Rachel Alejandro
as Kira/Clio

Felix Rivera
as Sonny Malone

Noel Trinidad
as Danny Maguire

An electrifying tale of endless fun

It has been a busy year for theater’s golden boy, Felix Rivera. He started the year reprising his critically-acclaimed performance in Avenue Q and followed it by shining in Legally Blonde The Musical. He now puts on some roller skates and takes us back to the ‘80s where he plays Sonny Malone in Atlantis Productions’ staging of the hit Broadway musical comedy Xanadu.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Images from Xanadu's Twitter account