Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Power Plant stages full-length Broadway musical in the mall--for free

On October 6-7, The Power Plant Mall, the favorite mall of fashionable Manila and a big supporter of the arts, offers another mall innovation: a full Broadway musical to be presented in the middle of a mall--the first of its kind in the country, and for free.

Using the unique viewing experience of theater in the round, where the audience surrounds the performance at all angles, The Power Plant will stage the Broadway hit “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” by Rodgers and Hammerstein at The Concourse, the Power Plant’s dining area, at 7 p.m. Customers dining in the surrounding food outlets can enjoy the experience while savoring their food or sipping their favorite drinks.

Starring singer-dancer and accomplished theater actor Red Concepcion (who last starred in “Equus”), former Akafellas tenor Reuben Uy (who played Stanley Kowalski in Tanghalang Pilipino’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”), dramatic actress and singer Bea Garcia (of Atlantis Productions' “Spring Awakening”), violinist and actress Farida Kabayao (who played the Fiddler in Repertory Philippines’ “Fiddler on the Roof”) and professional dancer, actress and singer Tasy Garrucha (Zafira in Dulaang UP’s restaging of “Orosman at Zafira”), “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” showcases the music of Richard Rodgers and the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II. It took Broadway by storm when it was first staged in 1993.

Like the TV show “Glee, the play is a musical revue--a musical that “mashes” songs from different musicals together and weaves them into a different story and context. It features songs from “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “State Fair,” “Carousel,” “Oklahoma!” and “The Sound of Music.”

The musical was originally presented cabaret-style at Rainbow & Stars at the top of Rockefeller Center. It ran for 52 performances and was nominated for two Tony Awards, Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue.

Directed by stage actress Ana Abad Santos and choreographed by dancer and choreographer Nonoy Froilan, “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” is also headlined by the MusicArtes Chamber Orchestra, with musical direction by Onyl Torres.

“The Power Plant Mall is always thinking of ways to bring shopping, dining and leisure time to a whole new dimension for our shoppers and guests,” says Mark Dantes, Marketing Supervisor, Rockwell Land Corporation. “We try to bring them the latest trends and the most memorable experience they could possibly get in a mall. Their response to our Feel Harmonic Series--where we put the Philharmonic Orchestra on different levels of the Power Plant Mall for a truly powerful musical mall experience--has inspired us to bring mall entertainment one notch higher. That’s why we thought of this full musical in a mall as a fitting sequel which I’m sure they’ll enjoy tremendously,”

For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 8981702.

[Photo: Manila Gateway]

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