The weekend of Sept 12-13 was very musical and well spent at that! Anyone who genuinely knows me knows that I love Broadway musicals.
Sixteen Bars – Saturday, Sept 12.
So last Saturday, one of my theatre-buddies invited another friend and I to this Broadway Open Mic event by Sixteen Bars. They only hold it a few times a year. This month’s theme was Broadway Baby as it aimed to pay tribute to children’s musicals and also musicals with child characters. The organizers also managed to invite some special guests: a couple of talented kids who were active in the local theatre scene (they had some of the night’s best performances!). It was refreshing to see them amidst the dominantly college and post-college crowd.
Overall, I had a lot of fun!
Credits to Johnny for the photos
At around 10pm, the kids left because the next half of the program was more for the college/post-college crowd. This time, the floor was free to any song performance- as long as it was from a musical.
I also bumped into one of my fellow college theatre club members later that night. He got the crowd singing along and going wild with his rendition of RENT’s “La Vie Boheme” (aka the ultimate theatre kid anthem).
The event then ended with a crowd performance of “When I Grow Up” from Matilda: The Musical. It was a tribute to its theme of children’s musicals. However, the musical of the night had to be The Last Five Years! (A lot of songs were performed from that and I swear, if we piece all those numbers together, we’d be close to completing the whole musical!)
For more information (and for more photos/videos too!), head to the Sixteen Bars Facebook Page.
Singin’ In The Rain – Sunday, Sept 13.
The next day my mom, sister, and I headed to the Solaire Theater to catch the final Manila show of the International Tour Production of Singin’ In the Rain! (Yes, that movie with Gene Kelly tap-dancing.) It was their 100th show of the tour so it was a special performance! This was the cast’s second-to-the-last leg of the tour- the first one being in Auckland, New Zealand and the final one being in Hong Kong this late September.
Let me tell you, the show was EPIC! I had only seen parts of the 1952 movie prior to this (thanks to my Film Theory class) so I was familiar with it, but not to the point that I was a fan. However, this show just blew me off of my seat; and this is coming from a regular theatre-goer! I think this is the biggest musical production I’ve seen to date because of all its crazy and flashy dance numbers (old school Broadway at its finest), video integration, and… the 12,000 liters of recycled water they used for the rain scene! Yes, there was ACTUAL RAIN during the title song.
The costumes and sets were well-put together and the effects were amazing! Plus, the cast… Man, this cast was sooo talented! They had to act a lot (they had a lot of speaking lines), sing a lot, and do a lot of crazy dance performances! They couldn’t just be good, they had to be GREAT in those three aspects. Props to the leads and the ensemble.
I did my research and found out that this musical was based on the Critically-Acclaimed 2012 London Revival with only some minor changes made for the tour. The Broadway version from the 80s is different.
It’s been a week now but I still can’t get over the show and if I had the chance to see it again, I’m going to drag the rest of my family and my friends to watch. If you can catch this show, go do it. You won’t regret it. The show is now in Hong Kong and will remain so for the next couple of weeks before the cast and crew returns to South Africa.
Anyway, here are some photos of my personal experience:
Thanks to my parents for buying the tickets and a huge thank you to Micky for the discount for the programme.
What a Broadway-themed weekend well spent!