Sound of Music extended to Feb 12
Everyone is talking about The Sound of Music. With so much critical acclaim accorded to this staging of one of the world’s most beloved musicals, Resorts World Manila (RWM) is extending the play's run to February 12, 2012.
It won't be "So Long, Farewell" just yet - the Newport Performing Arts Theater will showcase two more months of Maria, the von Trapps, and their timeless songs. Shows will be held every 8:00 pm on Fridays and every 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
"The performers are just great! The Sound of Music makes you young... makes you fall in love
again," says Asia's Queen of Songs Pilita Corales. Left photo above shows a romantic scene
between Rolf and Lizl von Trapp while right photo features Joanna Ampil as Maria von Trapp singing "I Have Confidence."
For lawmaker Risa Hontiveros, The Sound of Music “brought back the sentimental feelings of children loving their parents, of looking for your dream, of loving the country.” Being one of the cast members of the SOM production that also featured future theater stars Monique Wilson and Lea Salonga, Hontiveros declared the play as “a must-see.”
The cast earned raves from the critics, as well. Emmie Velarde of the Philippine Daily Inquirer wrote: “what you can look forward to is world-class singing, from start to finish.” Entertainment and travel blogger Ihcahieh (www.ihcahieh.com) shared that it was his first time to see The Sound of Music on stage. “It sent shivers down my spine, especially with the cast they have assembled to give justice to this particular staging,” his review said. The Philippine Star’s entertainment columnist Ricky Lo, on the other hand, wrote an article on Atasha Muhlach, daughter of celebrities Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales, highlighting her stellar performance as Brigitta von Trapp. “She’s so promising. Just like the parents,” Lo wrote.
The grandiose set design, video direction and lighting also astounded theatergoers. Business World’s entertainment writer Juan Antonio Lanuza found the production “extremely beautiful.”
“Fountains have water flowing through them, leaves fall from the trees, and birds fly over the residence of Captain von Trapp. The sets are very meticulously constructed with much attention to details,” Lanuza cited.
"The production is extremely beautiful. Fountains have water flowing through them, leaves fall
from trees, and birds fly over the residence of Captain von Trapp. The sets are very
meticulously constructed with much attention to details," Business World's Juan Antonio Lanuza
wrote. Seen in pictures are the cast of The Sound of Music at the von Trapp residence
(left) and in a scene at the Kaltzberg Song Festival (right)
The positive and very enthusiastic reaction of the crowd was very evident says Good News Manila. This multi-awarded blog cited video director Paul Soriano’s visual accomplishments in the play. “The awesome background visuals received countless “oohs” and ‘”aaahs” from the viewers everytime there’s a change in the sets. It made the whole experience worthwhile,” the blog went.
Apart from critics, veteran performers were enchanted by the play as well. “It’s a heartwarming kind of story that can liven up your senses all over again,” says actress and TV Host Rica Peralejo. “The performers are just great! The Sound of Music makes you young… makes you fall in love again,” shared by no less than Asia’s Queen of Songs Pilita Corales.
Indeed, The Sound of Music will continue to inspire more people as the show goes on. See you at the Newport Performing Arts Theater and be delighted as the hills continue to come alive with The Sound of Music.
Photos courtesy of Mark Clemente.