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




Which shows will you be watching?


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


Got nothing to do this SUMMER? Well, it’s time to unleash the PERFORMER in you!


From APRIL 6 until MAY 22, 2015 (Monday to Friday for 7 weeks)
Kiddie & Pre-Teen Camp (5-11yrs old) 1-3pm / 12-3pm
Teen Camp (12-17 yrs old) 4-6pm / 4-7pm
Adult Camp (18 yrs old & above) 7-9pm / 7-10pm

Workshop Venue: The Loft, Rockwell Club, Rockwell Center, Makati City

Culminating showcases will be at the CPR Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City on:
May 23, 2015/Sat – Adult Camp
May 24, 2015/Sun – Kiddie & Pre-Teen Camp and Teen Camp

For more information call 0917-5545560, 586-7105 or email us at


Broadway musical lovers are in for a special evening as DITO: Bahay ng Sining holds Broadway Open Mic on April 25.  Meet fellow theater fans and guests who will be singing your favorite Broadway songs.

Registration starts at 6pm, event starts at 7pm to 11pm. PHP 150 per ticket inclusive of 1 free drink and 1 song slot accompanied live by our pianist.
For tickets, please contact: 0922-870-2145; 0922-872-0651; 0923-224-4707
Invite your friends!

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Thank God for Spotify, Broadway musical enthusiasts don’t need to go too far looking for songs to download or listen to. And yes, this is so like God’s gift to us, who want to be lulled and serenaded by our favorite Broadway singers.  I never let time pass by without listening to Scott Alan’s collection or star those haunting tunes from Jekyll and Hyde.  So here’s my top picks of Broadway collection.  Go listen to them and know why Broadway songs still rock.

1. Scott Alan Live Special Edition

The “Special Edition” boasts remastered tracks as well as three bonus tracks featuring Samantha Barks (Eponine in the forthcoming “Les Miserables” movie), Oliver Tompsett (We Will Rock You in the West End), Nathan James (currently touring with the Trascottalanns-Siberian Orchestra) and David Hunter (Seussical in the West End).

You’ve got to listen to: 

1. Surrender- sung by Melissa van der Schyff featuring Paul Vazquez

2. Now- sung by Laura Osnes (though I love Jon Groff’s version from Dreaming Wide Awake album)

3. Look (A Rainbow)- sung by Lea Salonga

2. Broadway The Musicals

This is a cornucopia of all your favorite Broadway tunes!  From Wicked to your favorite Disney on Braodway musicals, this playlist is sure to elate your spirit.  Complete songs from one Broadway production. What more is you lookin for?


You’ve got to listen to:

1. Book of Mormon

2. Beauty and the Beast (including songs that you haven’t heard from the animated version)

3. Les Miserables

3. Broadway’s Greatest Leading Men

theaterBroadway crooners unite in this special catalogue.  Listen to familiar tunes like “The Impossible Dream” or the classic “Too Close For Comfort.”

You’ve got to listen to:  

1. Luck Be A Lady

2. The Impossible Dream

3. They’re Playing Our Song

4. Newsies (Original Broadway Cast)

Since I’m a Jeremy Jordan fan, I have to include this one. And yes, this musical has a lot of uplifting songs, only when you are in the mood for fighting what is truly right.  I firstheatert saw the movie where Christian Bale danced awkwardly in it.  But nobody can beat Broadway actors and singers.

You’ve got to listen to:

1. Seize the Day

2. Something To Believe In

3. Carrying the Banner

5. Jekyll and Hyde

theaterIt’s been ages since I haven’t listened to this collection.  And I was overjoyed when Spotify has the complete Jekyll and Hyde album.  Be ready to shed tears with poignant songs and heart-wrenching confrontations. Yes, it’s like really watching the play, but in audio form.

You’ve got to listen to:

1. This Is The Moment

2. Take Me As I Am

3. Once Upon A Dream

Well, basically the whole album.

Love Broadway music?  What songs do you listen to on Spotify?

Summer is the time to bask in the heat of the sun.  But for some, summer is the chance to hone one’s creative skills, especially in acting.

Some theater companies have already announced their workshop offerings that would surely excite both kids and kids at heart to unleash their potentials. Check out this list of theater companies and their summer programs.

1. PETA Summer Program

photo credit: PETA FB page

photo credit: PETA FB page

2. Repertory Philippines

phot credit: Repertory Philippines FB Page

photo credit: Repertory Philippines FB Page

3. Trumpets Playshop


4. Gantimpala Summer Musical Theater Workshop

photo credit: Gantimpala  Theater Foundation FB Page

photo credit: Gantimpala Theater Foundation FB Page

Starting April 6 to May 2, Gantimpala Theater, opens its doors to budding theater artists and to all who are interested to have a memorable and meaningful vacation time through the 2015 Summer Musical Theater Workshop for Children (5 to 12 years old), Teens and Adults (13 years and up) and Advanced Musical Theater (open to those who already attended a Musical Theater Workshop).
A two-week stage management workshop is also being offered. Ed Murillo, the Philippines’ foremost stage manager, will be the instructor.
Classes are every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, where in workshoppers will learn how to act, sing, and dance in musical theater production, under the guidance of Roeder Camanag and Jose Jeffrey Camanag,

Enrollment is currently on-going at the AFP Theater: 3rd Floor of Tanghalang Arturo T. Enrile, De Jesus Avenue, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Tuition fee is P6,000.
This year’s summer workshop is in partnership with AFP Theater.
For more queries, please call 528-0603 / 881-64-24 or send an SMS to 0921-528-6308 / 0935-393-5485. You may also like us at http://www.facebook/gantimpala.

5. Tanghalang Pilipino Summer Theater Adventure 2015

photo credit: Tanghalang Pilipino FB Page

photo credit: Tanghalang Pilipino FB Page