Exactly a week after watching Repertory Philippines’ “Peter Pan” at the Meralco Theater, my Bea and I eagerly watched “The Sound of Music” at the majestic Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila [RWM]. Unlike “Peter Pan” which had some dragging parts, to be quite honest, RWM’s production of “The Sound of Music” was a delight from start to finish. One of the most well-loved Broadway musicals that was later adapted into an Academy Award-winning movie, “The Sound of Music” is already a timeless classic, a significant contribution to the world of the performing arts. For me, the music by Richard Rodgers and the lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II made it such a phenomenal success. Before viewing the musical, I made Bea watch the movie version so she can familiarize herself with the wonderful songs.I’m glad we caught London-based theater actress Joanna Ampil as Maria Rainer, since we already saw her alternate, Cris Villonco, as Cinderella before. Joanna Ampil‘s performance was nothing short of spectacular. Young Broadway actor Jon Joven essayed the role of Captain Georg Von Trapp quite convincingly, despite his age. The seven Von Trapp children were a very adorable bunch, but Atasha Muhlach was such a revelation! She stood out as she portrayed the role of smart Brigitta — the talented young girl was just oozing with a commanding stage presence. I watched her in awe thinking she could very well be the next Lea Salonga. Hats off to the stellar cast! The state-of-the-art stage design was also very impressive, you have got to see it to understand what I mean. The musical also features the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra. Everything about this production is just remarkably beautiful. I did not even notice that the show lasted almost 3 full hours. B-R-A-V-O!!!
I sincerely hope “The Sound of Music” rakes in millions in ticket sales so that RWM will be encouraged to stage more world-class performances like it. I do hope RWM will produce “My Fair Lady” next time. I’ll definitely be the first in line. “The Sound of Music” runs from October 15 to December 11, 2011, but 18 of the remaining 35 shows have been sold out, so hurry! Don’t miss this chance!
*Ticket prices: P2000 (VIP), P1700 (Premier), P1300 (Deluxe) and P1000 (Balcony). Special thanks to Resorts World Manila for our free tickets!
**Update: Due to insistent public demand, “The Sound of Music” will have an extended run until May 27, 2012.