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The month of March offers a wide selection of shows on Philippine theater. Here’s a short guide on what to watch this month:

 

Ang Huling El Bimbo

Ang Huling El Bimbo, which last hit theaters in July 2018, returns to the stage this month. It tells the story of three friends in the ‘90s as they reflect on their university days while singing and dancing to songs by – of course! – the Eraserheads.

Helmed by renowned writer-director Floy Quintos, this month’s presentation is an eclectic mix of new and old cast members, including Gab Pangilinan and Carla Guevara Laforteza, who play young and old Joy, respectively, Phi Palmos and Lance Reblando, who share the role of young Anthony, and Rafa Siguion-Reyna as old Anthony, David Ezra as old Hector, Nicco Manalo and Myke Salomon as young and old Emman, Tanya Manalang, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Reb Atadero, Bibo Reyes, Gian Magdangal, Jon Santos, Boo Gabunada, and OJ Mariano.

Ang Huling El Bimbo runs until April 7, 2019, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City. Tickets are available on Ticketworld for P1,000 to P3,500.

 

Noli Me Tangere

First staged in 1957 at the Far Eastern University, Noli Me Tangere, The Opera, has had subsequent runs in 1987 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in 2012 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, in 2014 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, and in 2017 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

This year, you can catch it at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

Noli Me Tangere, The Opera, has three acts following the journey of Crisostomo Ibarra, who returns to the Philippines after studying in Europe. Padre Damaso gets in the way of his goals of opening a school and marrying the beautiful Maria Clara.

The show runs from March 8 to 10, 2019, with tickets ranging in price from P900 to P3,500, available on Ticketworld.

 

Potted Potter

Not exactly the Harry Potter you’ve come to know and love but every bit as good, Potted Potter is a two-person theatrical parody by British playwrights Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. The performance condenses all seven novels of the Harry Potter series into 70 minutes of fun – with ridiculous props, pun-filled songs with Harry Potter references, endless costume changes, and orange wigs, “Ah! Another Weasley.”

Dubbed the “Unauthorized Harry Experience,” the show runs from March 20 to 24 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, at the Bonifacio Global City. Tickets are priced from P1,000 to P2,500 and available on Ticketworld.

 

Deux

Featuring two cool ballet routines in one show, Deux promises to be an afternoon of classical music meets rock. The show features Les Sylphides, a romantic ballet set to the music of Frederic Chopin, and The Winding Road, an original ballet by prominent choreographer Martin Lawrence set to the music of The Beatles.

The show runs from March 9 to 10 at the Aliw Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City. Tickets are available on Ticketworld for P500 to P1,500.

 

Tales of the Manuvu

Tales of the Manuvu retells the origin story of the Manobo Tribe of Central Mindanao. This rock opera ballet is a 1977 original by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes and National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera.

The show stars Celeste Legaspi and Ding Mercado, and singers Aicelle Santos, Shiela Valderama, Lorenz Martinez, Nar Cabico, Reuben Laurente, Poppert Bernadas, and Lara Maigue.

Tickets, priced from P300 to P3,000, are available through Ticketworld for the show that runs from March 22 to 31 at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.

 

Father’s Day

Repertory Philippines co-founder Baby Barredo returns to the theater in Father’s Day, an Oliver Hailey original that tells the story of a hilarious reunion between a divorced man and his estranged family on Father’s Day.

The show runs from March 22 to April 14, 2019, at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City. Ticket prices range from P1,200 to P1,500 on Ticketworld.

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