So you think theater workshops are done  just because summer is over?  Wrong.

This wet season, don’t let the downpour rain on your parade! You can still unleash your knack for acting and singing.  Sixteen Bars teams up with stage actor Steven Conde for a musical theater workshop.

Deets below!

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July 7, 2015 -August 15, 2015; 6pm – 9pm;
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays

July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
August 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
August 14, 2015
August 15, 2015

8th Note Studios
Unit 201 Jajaj Bldg, 109 Panay Ave,
Quezon City, Philippines

PhP 6,300.00
All in, inclusive of recital fee and other miscellaneous fees.

Downpayment: Php 3,000.00 Deadline of full payment is on July 16, 2015.


From playing Gigi in the hit musical Miss Saigon, Filipina singer Rachelle Ann Go has definitely come a  long way.  Now, watch her belt out the iconic song “I Dream a Dream” from Les Miserables as she bagged the role of Fantine in the West End production of the said musical.

Her performance is something that would really make you feel proud being a Filipino.

video source: Rachelle Ann Go Performs “I Dreamed a Dream” Live at West End Live HD Front Row Footage. Perf. Rahelle Ann Go. Samuel Ch. Zernig Samuel Ch. Zernig, 2015. Video.

The New York Times invited the 2015 Tony Nominees for the second time to perform in front of a live audience at 54 Below.

The Tony Awards will be held live over CBS on Sunday, June 7.

For the complete 2015 Tony nominess, click here.

Run Away With Me was the first  Kerrigan-Lowdermilk song  I listened to.  Being a Scott Alan and Pasek and Paul fan, I definitely have a thing about schmaltzy tunes. But when I heard Run Away With Me during the Broadway Open Mic, I instantly fell in love with the lyrics and melody. Hence, the addition of these duo to my list of favorite theater composers.

Their first album, Our First Mistake, was released in 2011 which charted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter.  Gathering artists from both pop and musical theater, the album encompasses different sorts of genres that reflect the duo’s meat and potatoes: a good song is good in any genre.

Guests include Michael Arden (The Times They Are A Changin’), Matt Doyle (Bye Bye Birdie), Meghann Fahy (Next To Normal), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hair), Morgan Karr (Spring Awakening), Kelli O’Hara (The Light In The Piazza), Laura Osnes (South Pacific) and Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture). The album also feature performances by recording artists Katie Thompson, Vienna Teng, and The Spring Standards, and drum programming by Daniel Imana of The Tryptics.

Aside from Run Away With Me (from the musical Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown), I also love Not A Love Story (from the musical Tales from the Bad Years) sung by Kelli O’Hara. It’s a poignant narrative that expresses a person’s regret about loving someone (watch the video above).

Listen to Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s music and be smitten with the tunes and lyrics.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with Tanghalang Pilipino and the Writers Bloc will once again showcase the UNTRIED, UNTESTED, UNSTAGED plays by established and emerging playwrights.

Dubbed as SARIWA XI, this season of Virgin Labfest will run from June 24 to July 12, 3:00PM and 8:00PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater) and Bulwagang Amado Hernandez.


Maynard Manansala’s Dalawang Gabi

Layeta Bucoy’s Uod Butete at si Myrna

Job Pagsibigan’s When Sam Met Jo


Herlyn Gail Alegre’s Huling Huli

Nicolas Pichay’s Macho Dancer a Musical

Genevieve Asenjo’s and Em Mendez’s Ang Nanay Kong Ex-NPA


Jerome Ignacio’s Kublihan

Juan Miguel Severo’s Hintayan ng Langit

Jose Garcia’s Birtwal


Alvin Molina’s An Expected

Eljay Castro Deldoc’s Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala

Jose Mari Sanchez’s Talo Ang Walang Alam

SET E (Revisited)

Raymund Reyes’ Ang Naghihingalo

Eljay Deldoc’s Ang Goldfish ni Prof. Dimaandal

Kevin Tabora’s Mapagbirong Haplos


Vicente Groyon’s Ang Tugon ni Conchita

Rosielle Manicad’s The Wedding Planners

Carlo Vergara’s Mula sa Kulimlim


 Ticket: P300
Festival Pass: P1,200
for more information and for the complete festival schedule, you may visit the CCP website or click this link:
See you at the theater!

In this night of a thousand stars
Let me take you to heaven’s door
Where the music of love’s guitar
Plays forevermore.

“In This Night of a Thousand Stars”, Evita

It’s no typical Saturday for musical theater lovers.  Everyone  had their musical sheets ready (and vocal pipes on the right track) as they trod the road to find their corner of the sky. Destination: DITO Bahay ng Sining.

Sixteen Bars and DITO: Bahay ng Sining joined forces together to celebrate and give tribute to the well-loved Broadway musicals.  In this night of a thousand stars, the house was filled with songs and fun truly worth remembering.

The event was also sponsored by Pulp Live World, When in Manila, Slice of Life Travel and Tours, and Jayger FM.

Here are some of the scenes and sounds from the Broadway: Open Mic held on April 25.


Let the open mic begin! Sixteen Bars member Kei Taira opens the show and calls the first performer to come on stage.



The Sison brothers singing The Confrontation from Les Miserables! #broadwayopenmic #sixteenbars

A video posted by The Theater Observer (@thetheaterobserver) on




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Easter Sunday is all about Salubong and Easter Egg Hunt. Others see it as a chance for renewal as they celebrate the resurrection of the Lord.  But there is a new kind of way to renew thyself people! Think DRAMA.

On Sunday, April 5, the Humanist Alliance Philippines International, Inc. presents a drama therapy session through Confidence Through Theater Workshop at iChill Theater Cafe.  It will be conducted by critically-acclaimed theater actor Kuya Manzano who is willing to share his own experience as a performer. On what this free workshop can do, he said,

“This is to build confidence as human beings thru theater. I was very shy as a teenager until I got on stage daily and built it kuya-manzano1up.  I train my staff in theater, our customers at the cafe grow thru the open mic daily in fornt of our eyes. I’ve trained office people into theater giving them happiness and confidence.  This is for your backpack for your entire life.  In England everyone goes thru theater from childhood in order to build them as humans and learn so so many things:

– There is a moment to talk and a moment to listen
– You are the owner of your emotions and use them as you please
– Know how to read other people without even talking to them: who they are and what they want
– Body language techniques
– Projection
– Public speaking
– Be more attractive and succesful

Soooo many things.  This is a pilot experience and hope we can make it progress.  It’s totally free to join. Give it a try!  Welcome to the theater world!”

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and help yourself gain confidence.

The workshop will be held at 3:00PM to 5:00PM.

For more information, you may visit iChill Theater Cafe FB Page or their website