By Anne Renee Suarez
Photos by sonny espiritu
From musicals, concerts, to plays, circuses, and more, Resorts World Manila proudly presents three world-class performances concert and theater aficionados can look forward to in July and August.
Theater stars MiG Ayesa and Tanya Manalang, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform on one stage for the first time as they bring the audience to Broadway and West End’s favorite, Curtains Up.
Both singers have made a promising career in theater, locally and internationally, with Tanya’s performances in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, In the Heights, The Sound of Music, and her absolute performance as Kim in Miss Saigon, while Migs starring in Burn the Floor, as Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, as Galileo Figaro in Thriller Live, and We Will Rock You.
“To be honest, it’s a lot more stressful doing a concert because you’re given this amount of time to work on everything as supposed to doing a musical. You do rehearsals, easing right through it,” says Tanya, comparing roles as stage actress and staging a concert.
With Mig’s rocker persona, Curtains Up has made a whole new different take on his usual role as a musical theater actor.
“The surprise is, you’ll see none of that, that’s the thing. This is the chance for me to do something different, something new that you may not have seen me do before,” says Mig.
Having both performers with contrasting portraits in one stage, director Freddie Santos says it was quite a challenge for him because he had never heard the two sing together. “I am familiar with their individual performances and keeping that in mind and realizing that these voices could actually fit in so well with each other, that came the challenge. And it was very easy challenge because as you can hear from what they just sang, their voices do blend perfectly well,” Santos says referring the artists’ performances during the concert’s press launch.
Broadway singer Lea Salonga will join the two artists in the concert. Her participation is considered as one of the highlights of the show.
Another world-class show to anticipate this August is Tenors of Rock Live in Manila, which will get those rock-savvy audiences to their feet.
With the concept of combining different genres and songs from different rock bands, Tenors of Rock – a five-front man group or rock singers – will stage a two-night show that features all the elements that makes Las Vegas show what it is.
“We came up with a vision really that is to create a classic rock experience show. It’s not just about some nice singing and songs anymore, it’s about creating a whole visual experience,” says Dai Richards, one of the members of the rock band.
Being the first rock vocal group, the Tenors of Rock broke into the industry, popularly through the TV talent show, The X-Factor UK. “We came up with the idea because we wanted to create a new rock vocal group. There’s never been one before. We wanted to take the favorite classic rock songs of all time and give it a brand new flavor,” says Richards.
Aside from the most popular rock hits from different generations, expect a massive production with RJ Durelland Nick Florez of The Goldenboyz, the most in-demand director and choreographer in the world that made Katy Perry, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Cirque Du Soleil world tours, to name a few, possible.
“We’re going to blow the theater away,” says Jonathan Williams, a member of the group.
Meanwhile, to commemorate 50 years of The Beatles’ music, Resorts World Manila brings in town The Fab Four live via The Bootleg Beatles’ performance.
From vocal mimicry, spot-on costumes, to their uncanny resemblance, The Bootleg Beatles will surely take you back to the 60s.
Catch these world-class performances on July 12 for The Bootleg Beatles, July 14 for the Curtains Up, and Aug. 12 and 13 for The Tenors of Rock, all at 8p.m. at the Resorts World Manila.
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