THIS third quarter of 2016, Resorts World Manila brings to the stage three world-class shows that feature the best of West End, Broadway, and Las Vegas acts delivering memorable hits from the most beloved musicals, the most influential rock bands, and rock anthems from past to present with a twist of opera.
Mig Ayesa, a Filipino-Australian singer who first made waves as a finalist in the CBS television series Rock Star: INXS and has made a promising career on Broadway, and Tanya Manalang, one of the rising female stars in international theater having played the role of alternate “Kim” in Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon in London’s West End the last two years are bent together to bring the house down with a twin bill concert at Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater aptly dubbed Curtains Up! on July 14.
According to the two, audience will see a different kind of performance, far from the theatrical and musical shows they used to do.
“You will see me do something different, something new that you may not see me do before,” Ayesa said during their launch last July 7 at Resorts World Manila.
Meanwhile, Tanya Manalang said there is a big difference when it comes to doing a concert and a musical.
“It’s a lot more stressful doing a concert because you have given this amount of time to work on everything unlike in a musical, there is longer rehearsal time. There were a lot of runs so every performance gets a lot better and better but in a concert it’s just one night, and that’s all you have,” Manalang shared.
Curtains Up! teams up these two theater stars for a night of favorite Broadway and West End hits of past and present accompanied by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Rodel Colmenar with concept script and direction by Freddie Santos.
Director Freddie Santos said that despite the contrasting portraits of the two in stage performance, he still have found the balance of them when it comes to doing the concert.
“They both have feist, they are both fierce. You see that it matches the talent. You’re like “Wow this could really go somewhere”. These voices could actually fit in so well with each other. It was very easy challenge, because their voices do blend perfectly well,” Santos said.
“We’re taking songs from broadway, but we’re removing the whole broadway feel and making it very personal. I found out that when you leave their voices alone, Boy! They can go to places. The story is not the one’s dictating, it is the singing that will dictate the story.” Santos explained
Adding more star power to the show will be the special participation of Broadway Diva Lea Salonga.
Tenors of Rock
As it continues to push the envelope in bringing world-class shows, Resorts World Manila will stage two nights of Las Vegas show experience with Tenors of Rock on August 12 and 13.
Gareth, David, Jonathan, Tommy and Jaymz take on the biggest rock hits from the ‘70s to the present and give it their own energy-fueled versions packed by powerful vocal harmonies and blended with the spirited showmanship that makes rock legends.
The group had their biggest break when they were able to capture a final seat in the television talent show The X-Factor UK. From then on, Tenors of Rock began performing in some of Las Vegas’ most high-end venues such as Palms, Stratosphere, the Las Vegas Hotel and Planet Hollywood.
“We will bring a brand new sound. We like to take many of the genres such pop, jazz or country and put it in a rock form. So expect something new. We will take our show to a completely different level,” the group said during the launch as they boast a wide-ranging repertoire that encompasses various anthems from different generations.
The group diversity in their performance set list may include covers from iconic rock acts like Led Zepellin, Bon Jovi, Guns n’ Roses, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, KISS, The Who, Queen, Dire Straits, Warrant, Muse, and many more.
The Bootleg Beatles
To this day, The Beatles remain as arguably the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Although they disbanded back in 1969, The Beatles’ music lives on with the tribute band The Bootleg Beatles whose uncanny renditions of the Fab Four’s hits impress even members of The Beatles themselves.
On July 12, The Bootleg Beatles will bring a one-night only concert at the Newport Performing Arts Theater to commemorate 50 years of The Beatles’ music.
Formed in 1980 after being cast in the hit West-End production Beatlemania, The Bootleg Beatles have shared the music of the Fab Four across the globe earning an amazing reputation with their spot-on costumes, authentic period instruments, uncanny resemblance and ‘inflection perfect’ vocal mmicry.
Producer and “fifth Beatle” George Martin described the performances as ‘a terrific show’ as The Bootleg Beatles play covers with note-perfect accuracy that even George Harrison himself said “they probably know the cords better than I do”.
After the retirement of original members, The Bootleg Beatles continue to thrill audiences with Adam Hastings as John Lennon, Stephen Hill as George Harrison, Steve White as Paul McCartney, and Gordon Elsmore as Ringo Starr.
The group will continue to pay homage to one of the world’s most beloved bands with the same intensity as the Fab Four. One critic effectively describes how The Bootleg Beatles perform each show: “It’s not John, Paul, George and Ringo…but you simply won’t believe it”.