RWM productions reap citations
Resorts World Manila's (RWM) productions Kaos, The Sound of Music, and the RWM Concert Series reaped numerous citations at the recently concluded 24th Aliw Awards. Aliw Awards positions itself as the only recognized award giving body for live entertainment in the country.
A tale of a prince in search of his true love in the magical world filled with stunts, music and magic, Kaos captivated the hearts not only of theatergoers but of critics as well as it won Best Special Concept Production. This category is a deviation from the usual Aliw top prizes: Best Production, Musical and Best Production, Non-musical. Kaos’s breakthrough concept ushered in a new style of staging musical productions in the country. Its timeless story set accompanied by excellent music and riveting stunts, was so innovative and refreshing that critics felt the need to create a separate category.
Left photo shows Gian Magdangal (left) with Joel Trinidad (right) while on character during
Kaos. The two leads were awarded Outstanding Male Artist of the Year and Best Actor in a
Featured Role, respectively. Right photo shows Kaos's official poster.
For Kaos, it wasn’t just all stunts and magic. Two of its main cast members were recieved awards for their outstanding performances. Gian Magdangal was named Outstanding Male Artist of the Year while Joel Trinidad won Best Actor in a Featured Role.
Resorts World Manila’s sophomore production The Sound of Music was recognized as well. The show’s director, Roxanne Lapus, was just elevated to Aliw’s Hall of Fame for being one of the country’s most sought-after concert live stage directors.
The Sound of Music director Roxanne Lapus is elevated to Aliw Awards' Hall of Fame. Seen
in the picture is Maria, played here by Joanna Ampil, and the von Trapp kids in one of the scenes
from the musical
Resorts World Manila-produced concerts also got nods from the respected Aliw board. Jed Madela won Best Performance by a Male Artist in a Major Concert for “Christmas at the Newport Performing Arts Theater”. The Opera Belles, on the other hand, who will be performing with Leo Valdez and other broadway luminaries for December’s “Broadway Showstoppers 2”, won Best New Female Group.
Celebrities who held shows at the Newport Performing Arts Theater were also cited as finalists in several categories. Pops Fernandez (Pops Fernandez in Fashion), Lani Misalucha (The Nightingale Sings at Resorts World Manila), and Lea Salonga (David Pomeranz and Lea Salonga in Resorts World Manila) were all nominated for Best Performance by a Female Artist in a Major Concert. Basil Valdez and Zsa Zsa Padilla (Basil Valdez and Zsa Zsa Padilla at Resorts World Manila) and The Company and Side A (In the Company of Side A), on the other hand, were finalists for Best Collaboration in a Concert.
The Sound of Music has been nominated in the 2011 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards for
Best Musical. Sound Engineer Rads Corpus is up for Best Sound Design while the
world-class Newport Performing Arts Theater is competing in the Best Theatrical Venue category
Bar 360 regular and perennial crowd favorite Draybers are also finalists in the Best Group Performer in Hotels, Bars, and Music Lounges category.
The battle for performance excellence now shifts online as the world renowned network for theater and live entertainment BroadwayWorld.com released its nominees for the 2011 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards. The Sound of Music is nominated for Best Musical and Rads Corpuz is up for Best Sound Design. The Newport Performing Arts Theater is also nominated for Best Theatrical Venue. Support The Sound of Music by voting here.
With these citations, Resorts World Manila, is indeed the home of world-class entertainment.
The Sound of Music photos courtesy of Mark Clemente.