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SHOW OFF Broadway Open Mic: Show Us What You’ve Got!

Sixteen Bars, in partnership with DITO: Bahay ng Sining, presents SHOW OFF Broadway Open Mic: Songs and Scenes. Enjoy a night of songs and scenes from Broadway musicals. Take the stage. Simply bring your music sheet and hand it to our pianist and sing your heart out. We had it at the reprise, we’ll reprise it again.Broadway Open Mic x Reverb Manila

There will be games throughout the program so be ready to take home prizes. Let’s make it bigger. This SHOW OFF, the mic is now open to Monologues and scenes! Register a slot for a scene and take your moment on the stage!

Want to get that standing ovation? Feel free to dress up for the part! what can possibly be more fun than pulling an all out for your dream role? There’s more. DITO’s menu is now inspired by Broadway! Come to the open mic to taste some of your favorite musicals!

Join Sixteen Bars on July 25, 2015 (Saturday), from 7:00 -11:00 p.m. at DITO: Bahay ng Sining located at J. Molina Street, 1807, Marikina City. Your Php 150.00 comes with a free drink and a slot for a song or scene. Registration starts at 6 P.M.

Some photos from the debut Broadway Open Mic last April 25:


The Six Things We Love About Sixteen Bars’ Broadway Open Mic

Don’t you wish we could all just sing through our lives the way characters from musicals do? Imagine bursting into song when you’re angry, falling or keeping yourself from falling madly in love, or fighting tirelessly for what you believe in? Just imagine what these emotions would sound like…

In reality, you don’t get to meet a cute boy or girl and start singing about him or her while you’re walking down the street. You’d be crazy. The world we live in simply isn’t that kind of stage. That’s why we spend thousands of pesos just to see these theater productions, to ultimately and hopefully (re)discover ourselves. I remember shedding a few tears when I watched Phantom of the Opera a few years ago; it was the first Broadway musical I got to see with a dear friend who taught me to appreciate musicals.

At the end of the day, no amount of singing in the shower or Dubsmash-ing to your all-time favorite songs can ever fully express your love for Broadway theater. So when an opportunity like Sixteen Bars’ announcement of Broadway Open Mic comes knocking on your musical door, how can one say no?

So what is Broadway Open Mic?

Sixteen Bars April 25

Broadway Open Mic is a Broadway-themed open mic session organized by Sixteen Bars at DITO: Bahay ng Sining. For only P 150.00, you get a free drink and sing a Broadway song of your choice with a piano accompaniment, thanks to Jeruel. You can sing it on your own, with a friend, or with a group.

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A month leading up to April 25, Sixteen Bars and DITO: Bahay ng Sining had been reaching out to Broadway theater fans in Manila to join the activity. It sounded exciting, and a lot of these guys must have felt the same way.

Having mustered the courage to attend and participate, some arrived in pairs while others, in groups. Some were in the company of friends and family; some were strangers – but not for too long.

6 | I’m loving the venue. I had lived in Marikina for a good four years, so I can’t help but get all sentimental whenever I visit the area. Marikina has improved ever since. Tempting food places have been sprouting like mushrooms here and there. But to have an art cafe like DITO: Bahay ng Sining? Now that’s something I wish that had existed years ago. DITO is conveniently located along J. Molina Street, Concepcion, Marikina.

It’s so easy to grow fond of its cozy vibe. It’s like one of those favorite spots you and your friends keep going back to just because it feels like another home away from home.

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DITO Bahay ng Sining.
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The view of the ceiling.
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Reminds me of Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast.

5 | Witness and capture a variety of Broadway song performances. Potential participants had a couple of weeks to prepare for their weapons of choice – their voices and music sheets.

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Channeling Boy and Girl of Once the Musical.

Some saved digital copies of their music sheets in their mobile devices. Well, some dressed to look and play the part. One brought her music teacher, and a few others brought their instruments with them.

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Somebody to Love – We Will Rock You

There was also an element of surprise to the whole experience. You want to keep guessing what they’re going to sing. Sometimes, the first note to a familiar tune can start a chorus later on.

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Surprisingly, the crowd was able to witness a wide variety of song performances from hit musicals, such as: Les Miserables, Little Women, In the Heights, Rock of Ages, Wicked, The Little Mermaid, We Will Rock You, Sound of Music, The Last Five Years, Rent, Once, Phantom of the Opera, among others. For a theater noob like me, the activity allowed me to discover some broadway songs for the first time.

4 | Get to hang out with an appreciative and supportive crowd. Another thing I really love about the whole experience is having to be around such a warm and supportive audience. It’s okay to sing as if you’re right there in the shower, without a care in the world. And even though you may end up singing offkey because you’re nervous, that’s alright. You know they’ll be there to sing along.

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This cute girl sang Popular from Wicked.

Edelweiss – Sound of Music

3 | Meet new friends. It was also an evening of friendship and of meeting new people who share the same passions and interests. What a way to spend your Saturday night!

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Happiness is walking hand in hand.

Falling Slowly – Once the Musical

2 | Surprise, surprise! There’s an upcoming reprise and a prize! Due to its successful first session, Sixteen Bars announced another round right away, this time in collaboration with Pulp Live World for Idina Menzel’s upcoming concert in the Philippines. So calling the attention of all Idina Menzel fans out there! Now’s your chance to Moo with Sixteen Bars! Here’s how:

Moo with Me

For Good – Wicked

1 | Who forgets their first Broadway Open Mic Experience, anyway? No one. It was another evening of firsts. I got to visit DITO and catch Sixteen Bars’ broadway-themed open mic session for the first time. My friends and I thought the whole experience was all worth it.

Don’t Stop Believing – Rock of Ages

All in all, there was this indescribable magic, the warmth the venue had to offer. There was something in the air that brought the people close, and friends and family even closer.

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Here’s to more Broadway Open Mic sessions in the near future! And next time, you know the drill. Maybe we’ll all get to see each other again in this beautiful, little world that is DITO. Next round is on May 29, so save the date!

How was your #BroadwayOpenMic experience? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below.

TFM’s April Play Guide for Theater Fans Like You and Me

Satisfy your theater cravings this summer.

Here are some theater productions happening this April, courtesy of Theater Fans in Manila!

NEAR YET FAR, FAR YET NEARNear Yet Far, Far Yet Near - April 11

Venue: Dito: Bahay ng Sining

Run: Today! 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Theater Company: Ikarus

Lead Actors: Jerome Flor as Poet/Narrator

10 Questions: Guelan Luarca as Ben and Claire (TBA)

One Rainy Evening in April: Trency Caga-anan as Frances and Tarek El Tayech as Joseph

Playwrights: 10 Questions Written by Paolo Apagalang and One Rainy Evening in April Written by Enrique Estagle

Director: Paolo Apagalang

Ticket Prices: P350

How to Get Tickets: Contact BJ at 0906 424 1107

10 Questions. The year is 2010. The place, Manila, the Philippines. Enter Ben: a quiet, reserved, conservative guy. And Claire: a quirky, fun loving free spirit. They would’ve been perfect for each other. But they can’t exactly be romantic because their best friends have just split up. Or can they? The two start chatting one night. They start playing 10 questions. What happens now? In a tale of friendship, loyalty, romance, happiness, awkwardness and everything in between, how does one answer the question of: “What is love?”

One Rainy Evening in April. Watch this play if you’ve ever thought of saying something to someone you love/used to love, but ended up not saying it. Or saying something different. Yeah, we’re going to make you cry.


Run for your Wife - April 10

Venue: Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1

Run: April 10-May 3 (Fridays-Sundays)

Theater Company: Repertory Philippines

Director: Miguel Faustmann

Lead Actors: Jamie Wilson, Goldie Soon, Mikkie Bradshaw, Jeremy Domingo, Paul Holme, James Stacey, Steven Conde, and Mara Javier

Ticket Prices: P600, P500, P400

How to Get Tickets: Call 843-3570 or Ticketworld at 891-9999 / ticketworld.com.ph

The story of London cab driver John Smith, with two wives, two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both. With one wife at home in Streatham and another at home in Wimbledon, and with occupants of the flat upstairs at the latter location.

Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in hospital, where both of his addresses surface, causing both the Streatham and Wimbledon police to investigate. Having upset his schedule, Smith becomes hopelessly entangled in his attempts with his lazy layabout neighbour upstairs in Wimbledon, to explain himself to his wives and two suspicious police officers.



Venue: APC Auditorium (3 Humabon Place, Magallanes, Makati City)

Run: April 14, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Theater Company: Teatre Phileo

Playwright: Rogelio Braga

Directors: Wisdom Miuceros and Cled Laranang

Ticket Prices: Blank-ticket (any amount you deem necessary)

How to Get Tickets: Call Wisdom at 0926 187 1625

Kabalintunaan is a twin-bill play production, which is composed of “Ang Mga Mananahi” and “So Sanggibo A Ranon Na Piyatay O Satiman A Tadman”, both written by Mr. Rogelio Braga (a writer, essayist, and playwright based in Manila). These two stories both aim to raise awareness about the lives of Moros, Meranaos, Bangsa Moros, and Muslims in our country.

Notes: Ang aming malilikom na kita mula sa dulaang ito ay ihahandog namin sa Health Organization of Mindanao (HOM) – isang lokal na organisasyon mula sa lungsod ng Cotabato na may layuning mapaunlad ang kalusugan at kapakanan ng ating mga kababayang Pilipino, lalung-lalo na sa mga apektadong komunidad, sa kusang-loob na batayan.

Ouroboros: Mga Pananalamin at Panganganino


Venue: Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan (THY), Faculty Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City

Run: April 17, 7p.m., April 18-19 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

Theater Company: UP Dulaang Laboratoryo

Directors and Choreographers: Jon Abella, Al Garcia, Stephen Vinas, Dexter M. Santos

How to Get Tickets: Contact Camille Guevara at 0917 823 9531 or dupguevara@gmail.com, or the Dulaang UP office at 981-8500 loc 2449 / 433-7840 (look for Camille Guevara or Samanta Clarin)

The show features plays that mirror human’s rituals of introspection and (re)discovery:

Ang Ahas (Alexander Cortez’ translation of Jean Claude Van Itallie’s The Serpent), a ceremony of sin, violence, greed, lust, and human desires;

Para Sa Mga Babaeng Manlalakbay na Nagtangkang Magpatiwakal Habang Nasa Daan Patungo Sa Bahaghari (Joi Barrios’ adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf), a tribute to seven women in a journey to their dreams and horrors; and

Ang Sopranong Kalbo (Rolando Tinio’s Filipino translation of Donald M. Allen’s English translation of Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano), a sojourn to a series of nonsensical life events.


Venue: Opera Haus (3657 Bautista St. Palanan, Makati)

Run: April 22, 7 p.m.

Theater Company: Philippine Opera Company

Musical Direction: Jon Meer Vera Perez

Director: Floy Quintos

Performers: Karla Gutierrez, Tricia Amper Jimenez, Lorraine Lisen, Joseleo Logdat, Bernadette Mamauag, Krissan Manikan, Gabri Dolor Panlilio, Nomer Son, Jurgen Unterburg with RankOne guest performers Christine Crame, Anton Ferrer, Wesley Pereira, Jon Meer Vera Perez, Stephanie Reese, and Jonathan Wagner

How to Get Tickets: Call the Philippine Opera Company at 822 9609 / 0917 527 2880

MAD ABOUT MOZART: SEX, SEDUCTION, DEATH, AND TRANSCENDENCE will present excerpts from the seminal operas and oratorios of Mozart integrated with dance, stream of consciousness narrative, and mixed media. All performers – singers, dancers, actors, and musicians – will be integrated with the audience for an all-immersive 360-degree black box theatre experience. Mozart’s music is alternatingly sacred and profane, exploring the perennial conflict between the id, the ego, and the super ego. Ultimately, the programming of the scenes will demonstrate that we can attain a state of classical ‘balance’ and inner peace by exploring the layered dimensions of dark and light.


Karitas at Damaso

Venue: Bulwagang Tandang Sora, CSWCD

Run: April 24 and 26 (7pm), April 25, 27, May 1 (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

Theater Company: The UP Repertory Company
Directors: Dax Carnay and Eshei Mesina

Ticket Prices: P140 (students), P200 (regular)

How to Get Tickets: Call Mara at 0917 852 8950

This summer, The UP Repertory Company will take you in on a party with ravaged personas lingering in the darkness behind church doors and beyond the forests. No other party this summer will drive you as wild as KARITAS AT DAMASO X ISANG MAGSASAKA, an all-new twin-bill production featuring the works of two prolific playwrights from the UP College of Arts and Letters, Professor Reuel Aguila and U.Z. Eliserio, and their amusing take on Philippine culture and history:

U.Z. Eliserio’s KARITAS AT DAMASO is a musical satire about fanaticism in four devout Catholics- a priest, two nuns, and a lady – who unravel certain experiences in sin and sex in an action-filled battle of faith and wits.

ISANG MAGSASAKA by Reuel Aguila is a Palanca-award winning play that tells one violent incident through three different narratives, a testament that reality is indeed painted in multicolor and shades of gray.

In its 43rd Year of Service to Philippine Theater, we bring you a musical celebration of the lives of the common woman and man that aims to liberate minds, question the authorities, and rock the system. Under the direction of two of its prized alumni, Dax Carnay and Eshei Mesina, the UP Repertory Company takes you into these two tales of struggle in an entertaining romp of music, wit and tragedy- a summer party you’ll never forget!

Broadway Open Mic

Broadway Open Mic

Venue: DITO: Bahay ng Sining (J. Molina Street, 1807, Marikina City)

Run: April 25, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Company: DITO and Sixteen Bars

Ticket Prices: P150 door charge plus a free drink and a song slot; P 50 per additional song slot

Contact: 0922 870 2145; 0922 872 0651; 0923 224 4707; 0915 502 1497

Want to belt out your favorite broadway song? Then make sure to be at DITO: Bahay ng Sining on April 25 (Saturday). Be ready with a music sheet of your choice or notify Sixteen Bars before the event about what song you’re singing so the pianist can assist you in finding the music sheet.

SABEL, Love and Passion: A Musical Theater Production (World Premier Gala)


Venue: The Theatre at Solaire

Run: April 30 (Thursday), 8 p.m.

Theater Company: FRStage, Inc. Production

Presenters: BenCab Art Foundation and Sureste Properties, Inc.

Direction, Book and Lyrics: Freddie Santos

Music and Musical Direction: Louie Ocampo

Actors: Iza Calzado, The Philippine Ballet Theater, Audie Gemora, Aicelle Santos, Bo Cerrudo, Tonette Taus, Timmy Pavino, and Tippy Dos Santos

How to Get Tickets: Stay tuned for further updates

For many years, Sabel served as a major recurring subject in many of National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab)’s works. Sabel, Love and Passion: A Musical Theater Production will be a highlight of BenCab’s celebrates 50 years of his artistry. This historic new musical theater production will showcase the musical genius of Louie Ocampo, with the direction, book and lyrics of Freddie Santos. Starring actress Iza Calzado and the Philippine Ballet Center, Sabel, Love and Passion will be joined by both respectable and promising theater performers to date. Among them are Audie Gemora, Aicelle Santos, Bo Cerrudo, Tonette Taus, Timmy Pavino, and Tippy Dos Santos!

So don’t miss out on these great shows!

Take your pick and have a happy #TFMWeekend!

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