Saturday, April 04, 2009

Songs For a New World opens May 1

9 Works Theatrical, Manila's newest theatre company, presents the smash-hit Off-Broadway musical “Songs for a New World” at the Carlos P. Romulo Theatre, RCBC Plaza, Makati City, on May 1-2, 8, 9-10.

“Songs For A New World” is a brainchild of Tony-Award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown, who has been hailed as “one of Broadway's smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical” (New York Times).

His musical theater hits include “Parade” (1998 Tony Award—Best Score; Drama Desk Award—Best Music); “The Last Five Years” (2002 Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics, and nomination for Outstanding Orchestrations); “Urban Cowboy” (2003 Tony nomination for Best Original Score); “Wearing Someone Else's Clothes” (2005), Brown's solo debut album; and the latest, “13,” which opened on Broadway in 2008.

Noted theater actor and director Robbie Guevara, co-founder and artistic director of 9 Works Theatrical, will direct the musical anew after a successful one-night run last August 24, 2008.

While originally written as a musical with a montage of songs or a “musical revue,” the local staging will have Guevara reinterpreting the material by weaving the songs together in order to come up with a story.

“Songs For A New World” features some of the country’s most talented theater actors: Felix Rivera, Caisa Borromeo, Anna Santamaria, Harold Cruz, Carla Guevara-Laforteza and Pinky Marquez.

For tickets and inquiries, call 5575860/0906-3315961, 8449679/0918-9262554, 0917-8325355 or 8919999. Visit


Anonymous said...

Maganda most of the songs. kaya lang parang masyadong bata iyung limang singers. cant see them interpreting the words and music of songs for a new world. si pinky marquez lang ata ang medio swak in terms of age sa ibang songs (one step, stars and the moon, or surabaya santa). sana kihuha na lang si menchu, bituin.

reyjr said...

a NEW theater company? wow!

Anonymous said...

The songs were nice but was it really a professional production? Bakit may sintonado? And that other girl needs to work on her acting, you just can't smile yourself out through the entire show you know. But Pinky Marquez was marvelous, she was the show's saving grace (too bad she only had one solo number). Carla Guevara and Felix Rivera were good too.

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