While scouring through Andrew Keenan Bolger’s YouTube page, I was blown away by this music video Invisible Thread  by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews.  Hearfelt.  Moving.  Not only that the narrative suggests the unrelenting connection that binds the couple, but the music itself is a poignant hymn for us who long for love and affection.

from YouTube description:

Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, the award winning team behind the Broadway bound musical WITNESS UGANDA, blur the boundaries of real life and theater with the release of the single, “Invisible Thread.” The song was written for their show, which tells the true story of their experiences as aid workers in Africa. But here, the song takes on a more personal twist as the couple struggles to balance their careers and their life together. At the core, Griffin and Gould’s work grapples with questions central to a generation straddling their responsibilities as citizens of the world and citizens of our own communities.

Griffin and Gould dedicate this song to people across the world who are fighting for their right to love who they choose. Despite our distances and political and cultural differences, we are all bound together by our struggle to love and be loved.

Here is the lyrics of the song:

There is a long invisible thread
That wraps around my heart
And wraps around your head
It tightens its grip
When things go unsaid
And I can’t break free
Let go, let me
Little boy, break free
Leave him out on his own
Let him find his way home
Can’t take all this pain on his shoulders
Only weighs you all down when you’re older
Let him run, let him fly
If you love him, then don’t cry tonight
Let him learn all he can
So when he comes home to you
He’ll be a better man
There is a long invisible thread
That wraps around my heart
And wraps around your head
It tightens its grip
When things go unsaid
And I can’t break free Lord above, can you hear my prayers
If you know the answer, then make me aware How to still love him and how to still care
And how to stay strong when I want to be over there
Do I run, do I fly?
How can I love him and keep my eyes dry
Do I learn all I can
So when he comes to home
I’ll be a better man
There is a long invisible thread
That wraps around my heart
And wraps around your head
It tightens its grip
When things go unsaid
And I can’t break free

[instrumental break]

There is a long invisible thread
That wraps around my heart
And wraps around your head
It tightens its grip
When things go unsaid
And I can’t break free
There is a long invisible thread
That wraps around my heart
And wraps around your head
It tightens its grip
When things go unsaid
And I can’t break free
And I can’t break free
And I can’t break free

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Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015 #AECoE   Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) will be at SMX Aura, Taguig on November 25, 2015, Wednesday and brought to you by TAG Media and Public Relations. #AECoE will give you a unique opportunity to learn from, and network with senior leaders from the biggest brands in Asia Pacific region and in which the leading e-commerce experts from emerging markets, award winning e-commerce players and established e-retailers in APAC gather under one roof.

Industry leaders will share independent experiences and insights for delegates from different countries. You can be a part of this inspiring environment and benefit from the excellent networking opportunities it offers.   It features: Pre-conference sessions on ePayments, eLogistics and ePrivacy Opening reception Conference programme Over 15 local and  international high level speakers 30+ sponsors 1 hour of networking  What will you learn: ·         Market Analysis ·         Digital Marketing ·         CRM ·         Strategy ·         E Commerce ·         Going Global   Why you should attend: ·         To grow your business ·         To meet investors ·         300 APAC Audience ·         Maximizing cross border e commerce

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Speakers and Attendees will be coming from various industries. #AECoE is not just about learning but a potential future collaboration that’s why we allot time for networking.   Speakers are leaders from different industries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance to the ASEAN region and beyond.  Attendees are senior business people, high-ranking government officials and media.   Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) is expecting 300 visitors & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo.

For more info please check http://www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph & for partnership/sponsorship, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph  Registration Fee per delegate:  Php 3,000.00 (Inclusion: Snacks and Lunch, Conference and Expo.)

KPOP Sensations Asha and Fameus are coming this September 2015 in the Philippines.

kpopFor this coming September to October 2015, Zoomanity Group of the Yupangco Group of Companies invited two of the famous KPOP sensations in the Philippines; Asha (Girl Group) and Fameus (Boy Group) will be at Ynares Sports Complex at  Shaw on September 18, 2015 and SMX Convention Center, Davao on October 2, 2015.

Zoomanity Group, the leading company in theme park industry, thru its affiliate Yupangco Exhibits and Shows(YES) has come together with Redstone Media Production to bring you the latest sensations in Korean Pop Music. We are proud to present to you “YES KPOP CONCERT” featuring two new rising KPOP groups ASHA and FAMEUS.    KPOP has thousands of followers here in the country and still continues to grow in number. These fans of all ages (from kids to teens, to young adults) loyally support their favorite KPOP Group and this can easily be proven by the numerous KPOP trending topics in the social media and music scene worldwide!

We are offering the opportunity for everyone to promote your product/brand at our event. We would like to invite everyone to become one of our sponsors to take part in this great opportunity. Please see our event details and sponsor’s packages below for your perusal.   Should you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact TAG Media and Public Relations at 09166299381 or email to gracenicolas@yahoo.com.   An opportunity to meet and speak with you further about the event would be greatly appreciated.   Thank you and looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership in this endeavor.

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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!

workshopENROLLMENT ONGOING, LIMITED SLOTS ONLY!
PM us or email us at sixteenbars@outlook.com for inquiry


MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP WITH STEVEN CONDE
July 7, 2015 -August 15, 2015; 6pm – 9pm;
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE [18 SESSIONS]:
July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
August 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
TDR SCHEDULE:
August 14, 2015
RECITAL SCHEDULE:
August 15, 2015

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

WORKSHOP FEE:
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.

SEE YOU!

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/21/theater/theaterspecial/2015-tony-nominees-in-performance.html#Kristin-Chenoweth-On-the-Twentieth-Century

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.

SET A

Maynard Manansala’s Dalawang Gabi

Layeta Bucoy’s Uod Butete at si Myrna

Job Pagsibigan’s When Sam Met Jo

SET B

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

SET C

Jerome Ignacio’s Kublihan

Juan Miguel Severo’s Hintayan ng Langit

Jose Garcia’s Birtwal

SET D

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

STAGED READINGS

Vicente Groyon’s Ang Tugon ni Conchita

Rosielle Manicad’s The Wedding Planners

Carlo Vergara’s Mula sa Kulimlim

TICKET INFORMATION:

 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: http://culturalcenter.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/FESTIVAL-SCHEDULE-1.xls
See you at the theater!