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Taken at: Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines

It was an awesome concert. Of course, I’m talking about EXOrDium in Manila!

It was a feast for both the ears and the eyes. I was thankful for the voices of DO, Chen, Baekhyun, and Suho. I was glad that Kai and Xiumin are up and dancing. I couldn’t get enough of Chanyeol’s onstage antics.

The production was awesome. The technology was used to create fantastic stage lighting, backdrop, and texture.

I was present the last time they were here. This time, I got seats closer to the stage. And they were so close! The next time, I’ll probably get closer seats.

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Wicked (West End Touring Cast)

In 2014, the Australian cast arrived bringing with them the beautiful musical that is Wicked.

When I heard of news that the West End cast will arrive, I felt my heart jump. I just have to see it again.

This post is not a comparison between the two because they both have their own merits.

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So, how was it? It was awesome. Wicked will always deliver no matter who performs.

The things I liked best about this performance are:

  • Glinda seemed to be on a total Red Bull rush. This is a compliment. She was funny, engaging, true to the character she’s playing. She gave it a lot of justice.
  • Elphaba’s voice, alongside her character, grew throughout the musical. There was a distinct difference between the singing before she met the wizard and after.
  • DEFYING GRAVITY. I’M NOT THAT GIRL. FOR GOOD. NO GOOD DEED. AS LONG AS YOU’RE MINE. DANCING THROUGH LIFE. ONE SHORT DAY. Probably every song in the musical was a moment.
  • Great costume design and stage manipulation.
  • Fiyero’s very cool but powerful voice.

I loved every minute of it.

I was just a bit annoyed when the theatre staff let the late people go in in the middle of the performance instead of during the intermission. But, no big deal.

So, if you have a little bit of free time (around 3 hours for the show and 2 hours for travel to and from Solaire) on or before March 19, do watch the show! It is very recommended and satisfying to watch. Get your tickets here and go on a short trip to Emerald City.

I promise, it will be magical.

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Beauty and the Beast

I am highly anticipating the live action movie of Beauty and the Beast. Belle is one of my favorite Disney princesses because she’s strong and she didn’t start the moving looking for somebody to love.

So, to keep up with the hype, Disney has released the Beauty and the Beast theme song sung by Ariana Grande and John Legend.

What can I say?

I have no qualms with Ariana and John Legend. They’re two great singers. The version has become very modern.

But.

I still loved the original. There is magic in the quality of not having to belt everything out as opposed to what Ariana and John did. It made the moment of the ‘ball’ so special, so romantic, so heartfelt, so climactic and so real.

A story was unfolding in that dance. Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson told it very well.

If you’re missing the original, here it is.

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Taken at: UnionBank Plaza in Pasig City, Philippines

Three reasons to celebrate today:

  1. EXO’s Coming Over album – this is an exclusive album in Japan. Japanese is very soothing to the ears.
  2. Tickets to West End’s touring production of Wicked
  3. Tickets to ExorDium in Manila – EXO’s third concert and my second. Glad to have gotten great seats care of a friend.

Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Performance

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Credits to the owner of the poster

For the musical’s 25th birthday, the producers decided to film the cast on West End and have it shown to select cinemas around the world. For the Philippines, fortunately, they will be shown until November 16, 2017.

You can visit the SM Cinemas website for tickets. For parents who want to bring their children, the movie (musical) is rated as R-13. So, children below 13 years old are not permitted to watch. Plus, the general theme of the musical would be too heavy for them.

So, on to my thoughts.

 

The cast is extraordinary. It was superbly cast. Great singing. Great acting. Great production. It was emotional and heart-wrenching, and it was how it should be.

I just had the problem with Eva Noblezada’s (Kim) singing. The tone isn’t as consistent. I wasn’t to happy with the transition from high to low notes on Sun and Moon. But, she can really hit those power note which made I Still Believe and I’d Give My Life For You too much for one heart.

And one of the best performances for the night was Jon Jon Briones. I couldn’t fathom the depth of character he gave to The Engineer. Another one was Kwang-ho Hong as Thuy. You don’t get a lot of Korean actors in musicals lately and it’s nice to see one make it big.

This show was wonderfully thought out. It was the marriage of live stage caught with the technology of cinema production.

One thing that I loved about this is the camera work. Miss Saigon is probably one of those musicals who would do great in the screen because of the complexity and completeness of the production.

Just a question, though. Kim, a country bumpkin, and Chris, an American GI, hit it off on their first night together. How did Kim communicate with Chris to tell her story? I know it’s a musical.

One thing that irks me about this musical was how selfish Kim was. I don’t know how emotionally burdened she is considering she killed her own cousin and the love of her life is already married. But, did she really have to kill herself in order for Tam to have the life she wanted for him/her?

Anyway, if I didn’t convince you, here’s the trailer for the movie of Miss Saigon.

The movie also features a gala performance by three of the original cast members namely Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman, and Jonathan Pryce. If that doesn’t still convince you, I don’t know what will.

 

#OutofOz

Okay. This is coming a little later than when it’s supposed to.

The official Wicked Musical Youtube Channel released for renditions of iconic songs from the Wicked musical. This is to honor Wicked’s producer David Stone at the Second Stage Gala.

The first of which is a toned down version of Defying Gravity featuring Aaron Tveit and Rachel Tucker. I loved it. Except for the final part where it was anticlimactic.

The next video was a more country version of I’m Not That Girl with Rachel Tucker and Kara Lindsay. To be honest, I didn’t like the version. It removed all of the feels from the song.

The third is Aaron Tveit’s version of Popular. It was the most genius choice of the four. Although not as perky, he had the correct feels in there.

The last is something worth noting. Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel hasn’t performed any Wicked song together for 12 years. It was just a sentimental choice for them to sing For Good. No complaints. No comments. It was heart-warming and emotional.