Tuesday, January 29, 2013

# 4th Wall Theater Company # Ed Gatchalian

The Repeat of "Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle The Musical"

After one year, the highly anticipated and 2012 Broadway World Winner for "Best Music for a Filipino Musical" returns on stage!

4th Wall Theater Company's Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle The Musical challenges a regular family on how school rivalry can break or unite a family. It's one of those original Filipino musical which I believe anyone shouldn't miss no matter from what school you're from. Even though it's been a year from the time I first watched the show, I really think that it's brilliant and worth watching for repeatedly. To get a glimpse of how last year went, check out my review here.

Being from La Salle, I've seen how the school becomes a ghost town once Ateneo and La Salle are on the UAAP basketball semi-finals. The school canteens transform into a theater equipped with projector and speakers for unlucky students who still have classes to get an update on what's happening in Araneta Coliseum. There are even professors who require their students to buy tickets and watch the game live since they're fanatics. I experienced attending class during the semi-finals of Ateneo-La Salle when more than half of my classmates are absent so the professor was forced to dismiss the class earlier than the time. One is really out of the social circle if you don't know the details of what's happening in the Ateneo-La Salle semi-finals. I remember a professor saying that one is not a true Lasallian if one has not watch an Ateneo-La Salle basketball game live. Since I'm exposed to this culture during my college days, I do believe that having this school rivalry can put any family to test on where their loyalty is. 

The Lasallites

I remember how I love the songs so much last year! The songs are all original music by Ed Gatchalian and the brilliant lyrics were written by Joel Trinidad. There's a song that goes, "Give me a boy from La Salle, please..." that were sang by the Maryknollers that played over and over in my head for more than a week after watching the show. I think it is a mark of how good the song is because of its ability to retain in one's head.

The Maryknollers

A lot of the former casts are back! OJ Mariano will reprise his role as Paco Valencia together with Maco Alonso as Tommy Basilio and Athena Tibi as Reena San Jose.

OJ Mariano
The supporting cast includes Juliene Mendoza as Anton Valencia, Raymund Concepcion as Demetrio Basilio, Sheila Francisco as Dolores Basilio; Joel Trinidad as the Ateneo coach and Chino Veguillas as the La Salle coach, and a special appearance of Noel Trinidad as Eliseo Genaro. 

Noel Trinidad with Ed Gatchalian

Also featured are veteran theatre artists Caisa Borromeo, Kyla Rivera, Kakki Teodoro, Robbie Zialcita, Jun Ofrasio, Steve Conde, Will Angeles, Jenny Villegas, Diana Alferez, Angela Padilla. Bulinggit Delgado, Nelsito Gomez, Bym Buhain, Mark Tayag, Kevin Concepcion, Andre Calixto, Fran Jose, Jay Pangilinan, Francis Jovina, Harold Cruz and Anthony Tarossa Ong.

New actors who will join the show are:

Cara Barredo 
She was Dorothy in Wizard of Oz and Caitlyn Geller in Camp Rock

Altair Alonzo
He's the brother of Mako who was on the first run of Rivalry 

Fred Lo
He was Mark Cohen in Rent

The artistic and creative team of  Rivalry: Ateneo- La Salle The Musical is led by Ed Gatchalian (Musical Director, Composer, Arranger and Orchestrator), Jaime Del Mundo (Book and Director), Joel Trinidad (Lyricist), Johnsy Reyes (Lighting Designer) and Lex Marcos (Set Designer).

(L-R) Jaime del Mundo, Ed Gatchalian and Joel Trinidad

The production staff is composed of Leah Reyes (Production Manager), Ems Bolanos (Company Manager), Ed Lacson (Stage Manager), Alfred Ceasar Urieta (Deputy Stage Manager), Roseanne Noelle Cornejo (Assistant Stage Manager); Jeremu Aguado (Executive Asst); Toots Tolentino (PR & Publicity); Meynard Penalosa (Audio-Visual). 

The Ateneans

Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle The Musical is now showing every weekend at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas until March 7, 2013 with Friday & Saturday shows at 8pm and Saturday & Sunday shows at 3pm.
Tickets are available at all Ticketworld outlets. For tickets and show information, call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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