Valentine’s Day is definitely the busiest time of the year for concert artists in and around the metro. As such, couples can have their pick of romantic performances from both local and foreign singers, as this special edition of The Manila Times’ “Concert Scene,” and “2014’s Official Valentine’s Guide” (page 7B) will show.
‘The King and the Diva’ finally reunite
They may be two of the country’s most prized musical talents, but the last time Leo Valdez and Kuh Ledesma performed together in a major production was in the 1980s for the classic musical-ballet Rama Hari.
After over two decades, a Valentine’s concert is finally bringing the two together via The King and the Diva—a one-night affair of love and music on February 14 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila (RWM), Pasay City.
“It’s been a long time since we last shared the stage so I am very excited to hear Kuh’s beautiful singing once again,” said the recording artist-turned-theater veteran at the concert’s press conference at RWM.
For her part, the Pop Diva shared, “What makes this concert different is that Leo is my partner and it’s the first time we’ll be doing a back-to-back together.”
Both Ilonggos, the two performers were all praises for one another. “Kuh has been a benchmark ever since. She is a diva in the truest sense of the word because Kuh is a trailblazer because she has done everything,” said Leo.
In return, Kuh declared, “It’s always exciting to work with a great artist with a great voice. Being a seasoned performer is not about age, it’s more about the experience that’s been given you as a singer.”
Asked what the audience can expect from their reunion, Kuh simply replied, “It’s a production that will leave everyone smiling, and just feeling the love.” The romantic song selections will come from stage classics like Miss Saigon, The King and I and Evita.
Moreover, and fittingly too, Leo and Kuh will stage a Rama Hari tribute.
“We will be singing hits from the show, one of which is ‘Magbalik ka na Mahal’,” enthused Leo.
“Besides the Broadway hits, I am also doing many of my radio hits, as well as some of the best songs of Adele,” added Kuh.
The King and The Diva: Beyond Classic is directed by playwright Floy Quintos together with musical director Homer Flores.
Tickets are available at all Ticket World outlets and at the Resorts World Manila Box Office located near the main casino entrance. For more information, log on to www.rwmanila.com or call 908-8833.
They ‘Got the Love’
The Circus Band and The New Minstrels greatest hits reunion concert, which figured in five successful shows last year, will be back for Valentine’s Day.
An all-new and bigger concert titled We Got the Love—The Greatest Hits Reunion will be held at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center at the CCP Complex on Roxas Boulevard on February 13 and February 14, and at the SMX Convention Center Davao on February 15.
The New Minstrels and the Circus Band are two legendary show bands that dominated the local entertainment circuit in the ‘70s. Many members of these groups later made it big as solo acts and these are the stellar names that make these Greatest Hits Reunion concerts an unprecedented success.
Set to perform are Hajji Alejandro, Tillie Moreno, Pat Castillo, Jacqui Magno and Basil Valdez of the Circus Band and Louie Reyes, Ding Mercado, Joey Albert, Ray-An Fuentes, Chad Borja and Eugene Villaluz of the New Minstrels. Former Circus lead guitarist Rudy Lozano is the musical director.
Prepare for an evening of R&B, disco, rock, funk, romantic ballads and other great sounds from the ‘70s like “The Stevie Wonder Medley” for the boys; a “Disco Medley” of hits by Donna Summer and other disco queens for the girls; “Listen To the Music,” “We Got the Love,” a Bacharach medley, an Earth Wind & Fire medley, “The Harder I Try,” “Celebration,” and others from the ‘70s and ‘80s eras plus Motown, Santana, Manilow, Sergio Mendez, and many more.
Produced by Viva Live Inc. and Redstone Media Productions, tickets are available at Ticketnet 911-5555; SM Tickets 470-2222; TicketWorld 891-9999; PICC 789-4734; and Viva Concerts 687-7236.
Jack Jones, the voice behind ‘She’
Jack Jones, the singer behind memorable songs “She,” “What I Did For Love,” “Lollipops And Roses,” and many others, is set to bring his own brand of romance to Manila this Valentine’s Day.
The famed balladeer will headline Jack Jones in a Valentine Concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on February 13 and at the Manila Hotel Tent on February 14. Proceeds from the latter have been earmarked for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.
Jack Jones rose to fame during the ‘60s wherein he became famous not only for his hit songs but also for the fact that he was young, attractive and unlike most music idols of the time, he was well-groomed.
He has appeared in the movies and will soon be seen playing a nightclub singer in the acclaimed American Hustle. He has headlined his own TV specials, hosted the show Hullaballoo and guested in various series. He also performs in musical theater with the lead in Man From La Mancha as his most memorable role.
“Lollipops and Roses,” which was released in 1962 was his first big seller.
This was followed by many other hits that his fans in the Philippines are looking forward to watching him perform live in his upcoming shows.
Produced by Viva Live Inc. and Redstone Media Productions tickets to the Smart Araneta show are available at Ticketnet (911-5555) and Viva Concerts (687-7236).