The Phantom of the Opera (is there, inside your mind)

Have you heard? The Phantom of the Opera is finally coming to Manila!

Oh yes I am pretty excited, but will not be able to watch it myself anymore. Finances got in the way. But I have been very lucky to watch it five years ago when they staged it in the Esplanade Theatres in Singapore, by the British production (oh yes, I got to watch it before everyone else in Manila did!). Incidentally it was just a few weeks after the most recent Phantom of the Opera movie was shown in cinemas. I was able to watch the movie prior to the stage production. I may say the movie was wonderfully made… but the stage production was way beyond the beauty on screen.

I will not do spoilers here. You may think there can’t be anymore spoilers because everyone knows the story from the movie. But I may say, they were able to do some amazing things on stage that were way beyond my imagination, a lot of effects that were better on stage than on screen.

If you’re Manila-based and a lover of music, arts, theatre, and the like, and you have not watched this yet elsewhere, you should not miss this. It’s running from August 26 to September 30 at the CCP Main Theatre. (Tickets?)

Now that they’re bringing the good stuff to Manila lately, I’m hoping that they will bring in (or bring back) the following sometime soon:

  • Avenue Q – I’ve heard the Filipino cast is doing a run in Singapore! This is truly a must-watch, especially for my generation
  • Miss Saigon – I was able to watch this way back in high school, with Lea Salonga still playing. Would be good to bring this back, even with someone other than Lea Salonga. I loooooove Gigi’s role by the way, it’s my dream role if ever I get to be part of a production.
  • Wicked – This is the one I watched most recently, just last April in Singapore, and it was really worth it.
  • Next to Normal – I have not been able to watch it yet, and I’ve heard a lot of good feedback about it. I’m hoping to catch it the next time it shows. Bringing tons of tissue as advised.

I’d love to see a lot more other broadway productions and stage plays. Most of the good ones I was able to watch in Singapore these past few years (Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and Lion King). Would be nice to have more of them here in Manila. It would also be great to be able to experience watching abroad on my future trips. 🙂

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