West Side Story Manila – 10 Things You Should Know Before Going on a West Side Story Romantic Date

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September 6, 2008,Opening Saturday Night 8pm at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas, Pasig

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10 Things You Should Know Before Going on a West Side Story Romantic Date

1. First, one should know what West Side Story is all about.
West Side Story is one of the most popular storylines based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Two feuding street gangs – the Jets and the Sharks – are on a collision course in the gritty slums of New York City. Out of the chaos, a passionate romance blooms between Tony and Maria, teenagers caught on opposite sides of the turf war. But can they find a place for their love amid the prejudice and turmoil that surrounds them?

2. Why should you watch it?
“West Side Story” is one of the greatest musicals of all-time with music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It is a beautiful, dramatic dance musical with many show-stopping numbers and immortal songs like “Maria,” “Somewhere,” “Tonight,” “One Hand One Heart,” “America,” and “Something’s Coming.” It was the winner of 10 Academy Awards and two Tony Awards.

3. Why are people raving about the cast members of West Side Story Manila?
“West Side Story,” STAGES’ major musical offering in 2008, is all set to go on stage with an assembly of a strong cast headlined by Christian Bautista, Karylle, and London West End’s Joanna Ampil; and a first-rate artistic team with Audie Gemora as executive producer, and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as director.
Balladeer Christian Bautista is given the role of Tony. He is tall, handsome, and has the makings of a perfect romantic leading man. Singer and actress Karylle could match Natalie Wood’s film version of Maria. She is young, beautiful and sings her songs with utmost conviction. Meanwhile, the Philippines will get the rare chance to watch Joanna Ampil in her first musical theater assignment in Manila after sixteen years playing lead roles in London.

4. Why are people excited about Joanna Ampil?
Just think about Lea Salonga is to Broadway while Joanna Ampil is to London’s West End. Joanna has agreed to share the role of Maria with Karylle because she has long wanted to perform for her “kababayans” who cannot easily afford to go to London to watch her in a musical. She just finished her stint in Les Miserables in London’s West End. Local audiences have to see why Joanna is a favorite of British producer Cameron Mackintosh. Joanna, at one time, was even handpicked by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to play Mary Magdalene in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (Nobody knows which dates she will be playing.)

(Related Posts: Audie Gemora explains How West Side Story Manila Cast Joanna Ampil .)

5. This is the second time West Side Story is played in Manila.
“West Side Story” was first staged in Manila back in 1982 with Audie as Riff and Menchu as Maria. This Manila re-staging will precede a Broadway revival in 2009. 2008 is the 50th year anniversary of West Side Story!

6. Who produced the show?

“West Side Story” Manila is produced by Audie Gemora’s STAGES production which will run this coming September and October 2008. It is their third major musical production after “Footloose” in 2005 and “High School Musical On Stage” in 2007.

Since “West Side Story” is primarily a dance musical, the artistic team had to call professional dance groups, and handpick very strong dancers for the supporting cast. Rest assured that the show would be a night of great dancing. Jazz choreographer James Laforteza is tasked to reconstruct Jerome Robbins’ original choreography in the Broadway production.

It is interesting to note that musical director Gerard Salonga has been longing to do “West Side Story.” Lea Salonga’s husband Rob Chien, who now manages the FILharmoniKA orchestra under Ambient Media, went the extra mile to make it possible for them to play for the production.

7. Where do you eat before the show?
There is no restaurant in Meralco Theater so you can either go to Podium, Robinsons Galleria, Metrowalk or the restaurant rows near Medical City. Have dinner at around 6pm and be sure to be at the Meralco Theater 30 minutes before the show. It is usually traffic around that area so allot ample time to navigate through the traffic. There are plenty of parking spaces available at Meralco Theater.

8. What is the attire?
Usually theater goers in Manila wear casual chic. Jeans are usually OK and you can wear coat and tie if you want. The key is that your attire matches with your partner. Bring jacket.

9. If it is your first time watching a musical play, remember to keep these etiquette in mind:
– Be on time. No excuses. Since Meralco theater is big, you will be disturbing a lot of people when you are late.
– Put your mobile phone on silent mode or turn it off during the duration of the show.
– Sit quietly and don’t disturb others. Talking or humming the songs during the show is a sign of discourtesy to your seat mates.
– Go easy on the perfume. People go to the show to watch it and not to smell your strong perfume.
– Don’t forget your breath fresheners. Or just watch out what you eat during dinner. Avoid eating food with lots of garlic and onions.

10. Listen to the songs first before watching the play.
Make sure to listen to the songs “Maria,” “Somewhere,” “Tonight,” “One Hand One Heart,” “America,” and “Something’s Coming.” You will be more involved with the show and appreciate the performance of our Filipino artists.

Our Awesome Planet in partnership with Ticket2Me invites you to the Saturday Opening Night of West Side Story Manila!
September 6, 2008,Opening Saturday Night 8pm at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas, Pasig

Buy Your West Side Story Tickets Now from OAP!

West Side Story Manila. Seat Plan: Reserve Your Best Seats Now!

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Orchestra and Loge Sides (P1,000)
Balcony Center (P 700)
Balcony Sides (P 500)

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16 thoughts on “West Side Story Manila – 10 Things You Should Know Before Going on a West Side Story Romantic Date

  1. and it’s really cold inside the theater, so i would suggest refraining from wearing short skirts or shorts 🙂 better bring a jacket/coat/sweater too 🙂

  2. i really hope I can watch this, schedule permits..
    one of my dancemates from the terpsichorean circle, UST medicine, April, will be part of the cast..

  3. wow…anton will be visiting our building…can we have an autograph signing for your millions of fans working inside the meralco compound? hehe. i wasn’t excited to watch this show but now because of this list, i think i will be bribing our guards to let me in haha. joc lang 🙂

  4. anton,
    are you only selling tickets for the premiere night?
    i’m still not sold with X’tian as Tony,
    but since you told me that Gerard Salonga,
    he of the Simon Cowell critiques in Pinoy Dream Academy, is WSS’s musical director,
    and if Audie Gemora is involved,
    and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo is directing,
    by gosh, i’m going to be there!!!
    btw,
    can i pay you directly without using PayPal?
    if so, can i please reserve seats E-221 and E-222, Orchestra Center?
    thanks!

  5. gosh – i also wanted to know when joanna will play. I am quite iffy in buying the ticket because I don’t know 🙁 Anton, if you know, drop me a note, okay? 🙂

  6. Hi Cathy,
    Joanna Ampil will be playing Maria on the opening night of the play (Sept 5). She alternates with Karylle for this role, but we’re not sure of their schedules for the rest of the run. Hope you can watch the opening night show! You can email me at minnie.fong@gmail.com or text me at 0917-8676332 for a copy of the seat plan if you want to reserve seats. Thanks! 🙂

  7. hi!
    i’m interested in watching this one but i could not make it on the opening night. until when will the play be staged? do you have the other schedules?
    thanks!
    mj

  8. how about a west side story filipino style with charice arnel pineda lica de guzman misty adlaon gleiza micua as psinger performers lol! must be one heck of a broadway TREAT singing dream explosions in one stage..search: charice in tuscany,italy singing opera with maestro andrea bocelli outstanding ovation with lots of goosebumps and overwhelming applauses which is very ‘unusual’ coz that is unoperatic norms lol
    arnel pineda now lead singer of journey legendary rock band did well his performances in california also just the other night in las vegas like of mandalay bay so check in internet under journey rock concert for references if broadway like mama mia will have a filipino version must be great if not outstanding lol

  9. a filipino west side story but performed by charice arnel pineda gleiza micua lica de guzman etc. must be one heck of a night performance lol!

  10. Hi, would it be possible to find out for which shows Joanna Ampil will be performing? I’m not that sold on Karylle.

  11. Unfortunately, even the show buyers don’t know which show Karylle or Joanna will play. There is a higher chance during opening nights.
    anton

  12. Anton’s right, no one knows who will be the female lead not even the show buyers. If you are interested in other play nights, we are selling the Sept 12 show date (fri, 8pm). You may contact me at 0917-8735405 or tliong@jnjph.jnj.com.

  13. Regarding food, there is a canteen in the basement of the Theater where they sell simple fare in case you get hungry while waiting for the show to begin.
    There was also a McDonald’s booth in the theater lobby on Opening Night. Not sure if this is for all shows though.
    And above the lead stars, the actress to watch out for is definitely Rowena Vilar who plays Anita! She is fantastic!
    BTW Anton, I posted my Opening Night WSS review here:http://3xhcch.multiply.com/reviews/item/130. Can’t wait to read your review.

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