I was embarrassingly late to the 11:30 am presscon at Greenbelt's MyCinema, so I failed to catch the brief program which featured the cast members of Rep's forthcoming production of Little Women (the 2005 musical, not a straight-play adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel) singing songs from the musical. Good thing Rem Zamora of Rep has uploaded the vids on YouTube.
1. Five Forever: Caissa Borromeo as Jo, Cara Barredo as Beth, Kelly Lati as Amy and Lora Nicolas as Meg, with Jaime Barcelon as Laurie
2. Pinky Marquez as Marmee, the girls' indomitable mother, singing Here Alone, which '70s pop hitmaker Maureen McGovern first gave life to (with her “imperial, burnished tone,” says Amazon) on Broadway.
3. Caissa Borromeo as eldest sister Jo sings Astonishing, the power ditty that closes the first act, with director Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo introducing the number.
With music by Jason Howard, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and book by Allan Knee, “Little Women” runs Nov. 20-Dec. 12, 2010, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees at 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, at Onstage, 2/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati City.
Gerard Salonga conducts the FILharmoniKA orchestra. New York City-based Joey Mendoza handles set design, while Tuxqs Rutaquio does costume design and John Batalla does lighting design.
For ticket inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines 5716926, 5714941 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets also available at Ticketworld 8919999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph.