Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.
Though some would find live theater performances to be obsolete, I still love to watch actors play on stage. Perhaps because I grew up watching them.
When I was in high school, we would often go to The Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas. Formerly known as the Folk Arts Theater, this theater is within the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Manila. I have seen various Shakespeare’s plays and fell in love with the story of the Merchant of Venice. Of all the Filipino plays, my favorite will always be Noli Me Tangere. And the most hilarious would always be The Vagina Monologues.
My love for the theater remains. Though seldom do I watch plays, I always make it a point to find time if given the chance. Even if millennials and others would say live theater performances are far behind the technological capabilities of a film, I would still prefer the former.
I am just so impressed on how actors would sing like no one is listening and dance like nobody’s watching. Truly, I could feel heaven on my seat.
Hair hits the REP stage
Recently, I heard that my favorite Repertory Philippines (REP) is set to stage Hair, the first ever tribal love-rock musical on Broadway. It will be REP’s year-end grand musicale for 2017 season. This iconic production is sure to relieve the rocking spirit of the 60’s. Staging will be from November 17 to December 17 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati City.
What makes me excited for this theater play is its plot. Set in the loud 1960’s, the 20-somethings of New York City band together to form a tribe – the hippies – as a cry of protest against the Vietnam War. The story follows native Oklahoma farm boy Claude, who meets the energetic and uncontrollable tribe of Central Park hippies on his way to enlist in the US Army. The free-spirited group, led by the charismatic Berger, inspires Claude to rebel against the war, his parents, and society. Berger likewise influences the farm boy to assert love, peace, and freedom.
Love, Peace, and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Tha play Hair remains to be an unforgettable and iconic production – a true product of its time and continues to be a relevant piece of theater up to today. It fearlessly depicts the decade’s sharp realities, the sexual revolution, and the violent anti-war movement.
The angst and energy of the era are captured in the show’s amazing musical score with classic hits like “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius,” and “Good Morning Starshine.” Hair even won the 1969 Grammy Award for Best Score from An Original Cast Show Album. Its 2009 Broadway revival earned the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
In REP’s version of Hair, Markki Stroem alternates with Topper Fabregas as Claude. George Schulze plays as Berger. Chris Millado directs with Ejay Yatco as the musical director.
Don’t miss REP’s final offering for the season. Purchase your tickets by calling REP at 843 3570 or Ticketworld at 891 9999. Together, let us sing with the cast like no one is listening and dance like nobody’s watching.
Momi Berlin Directory