May 24, 2016

Teaser of Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Just tell me that you loved it. My sleepiness went off as I saw Disney's live action teaser for Beauty and the Beast featuring Emma Watson as Belle.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

We also got a glimpse of the Beast's Castle and heard Lumiere and Cogsworth in the background.
Beauty and the Beast also features Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (Le Fou), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Stanley Tucci (Cadenza - a new character to be introduced in this movie), and Dan Stevens as the Beast.

Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast comes to theaters on March 17, 2017.

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May 20, 2016

Raise your lighters up for the final cast of American Idiot

This is going to be one helluva show!
9WT reveals the final set of the cast of American Idiot happening from June 24 - July 10 at the Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Taguig.
Mako Alonso is seen in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and in Rivalry: The Ateneo-La Salle Musical.
Ariel Reonal, who plays the Favorite Son, is a Miss Saigon (UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila Tours) alumnus and also appeared in numerous productions in the country like in FAME (The Musical) Nick Piazza, Repertory Philippines 2004, Pilo in HIMALA The Musicale by Tanghalang Pilipino; Marty in DREAMGIRLS by Atlantis Productions 2003; Simon Zealotes in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR by Atlantis Productions 2000, RENT (Original Manila Cast) Steve/Squeegeeman as Roger, Rent Philippines Inc. 1999, as MIONG (Original Cast) General/Exile, Repertory Philippines 1998, EL FILIBUSTERISMO Juanito / Basilio, Tanghalang Pilipino 1997 / 1998 and ILUSTRADO (Ryan Cayabyab) Ensemble, Tanghalang Pilipino 1996 & 1998, among others.
Another rockstar, hailing from Rivermaya is Norby David. He was a bassist and vocalist in the band.
Nel Gomez, or Nelsito, is also a familiar face in the theater scene. Playing Tunny. He was seen in 9WT's Grease and also an instructor in Stage Camp. He also appeared in Saturday Night Fever and Piaf of Atlantis/ATEG. He also portrayed a role in Repertory's Disney's Camp Rock and more.
Yanah Laurel, is also defined as one of the prettiest faces in Philippine theater, joins the cast as Whatshername (funny name). She appeared in Atlantis Productions' Nine and Carrie.
Lastly, playing St. Jimmy is no other than Wolfgang band vocalist, Basti Artadi. Producing 8 albums throughout his rock career including the all-Tagalog, Ang Bagong Dugo Sa Lumang Ugat - Unang Kabanata. I guarantee that this is not just for theater goers but for rock fans as well.

For tickets and showbuying, you may contact 9 Works Theatrical at M +63917.554.5560 • T 586.7105 / 557.5860. You can follow updates via Twitter (9wtonline), Instagram (@9wtonline) and follow #Globe9WTAmericanIdiot.

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May 18, 2016

The Voice PH's Jason Fernandez leads 9WT's American Idiot cast

Here's the part 2 cast of 9 Works Theatrical's American Idiot that will run from June 24 - July 10 at the Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Taguig.
American Idiot is a musical created using the songs of US punk rock band Green Day. Know the cast below:
Chesko Rodriguez was formerly seen as Chantal in the award-winning La Cage Aux Folles in 2014-2015. He also played as one of the horses in Trumpets performance of CS Lewis classic, "The Horse and His Boy." He also appeared in little performances around the Metro.

We got a Miss Saigon alumna in the cast! Ela has performed internationally, notably in Paris, Belgium, Macau and Hong Kong. She was 2013 World Champion in the World Salsa Festival held in Hong Kong and 2012 Champion of Hong Kong’s Best Dance Crew in the jazz/contemporary category. In her latest stint as principal dancer and aerialist at The Festival of the Lion King at Hong Kong Disneyland she has also performed as an actor and puppeteer and a lead singer for High School Musical Live. Welcome back to the Philippines, Ela!
Mark Tayag is no stranger to the 9WT audience as he appeared in RENT and Grease.
Sarah Facuri also joins the cast of American Idiot and we're familiar with her in Grease and Sandbox Collectives' No Filter 2.0.

Last but not the least, coming from The Voice PH, Jason Fernandez takes the role of Johnny. The main protagonist of the story. On his picaresque journey, he experiences nihilism, drug abuse, and lost love. Jason is a former Rivermaya vocalist but unfortunately got eliminated in one of the episodes of The Voice PH. Taking the new path as a thespian, Jason gives us the promise of a great role and show.

For tickets and showbuying, you may contact 9 Works Theatrical at M +63917.554.5560 • T 586.7105 / 557.5860. You can follow updates via Twitter (9wtonline), Instagram (@9wtonline) and follow #Globe9WTAmericanIdiot.

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May 16, 2016

They don't want to be American Idiots

9 Works Theatrical announced their first set of cast for their season-opener Green Day's American Idiot. The musical is set to open June 24-July 10 t the Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Taguig.
Let's name some of the cast:
Will's pregnant girlfriend. She leaves Will and begins a relationship with another man to protect their child, eventually leading a life of glamour in stark contrast with Will's depression. Alex Godinez also played in 2014's Grease as a member of the ensembles.

Miggy Chavez is a lead vocalist of the PH rock band, Chicosci. Now joining the theater scene as Miggy, the father of Heather's child.

American Idiot is a musical created using the songs of US punk rock band Green Day. After a run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2009, the show moved to the St. James Theatre on Broadway. Previews began on March 24, 2010 and the play officially opened on April 20, 2010. The show closed on April 24, 2011 after 422 performances. While Green Day did not appear in the production, vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong performed the role of "St. Jimmy" occasionally throughout the run.

The story, expanded from that of the concept album, centers on three disaffected young men, Johnny, Will, and Tunny. Johnny and Tunny flee a stifling suburban lifestyle and parental restrictions, while Will stays home to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend, Heather. The former pair look for meaning in life and try out the freedom and excitement of the city. Tunny quickly gives up on life in the city, joins the military, and is shipped off to war. Johnny turns to drugs and finds a part of himself that he grows to dislike, has a relationship and experiences lost love.

The book was written by Armstrong and director Michael Mayer. The music was composed by Green Day and the lyrics were by Armstrong. The score included all the songs from the original American Idiot album, as well as additional Green Day songs from other sources, such as the album 21st Century Breakdown, and unreleased songs originally recorded for the American Idiot musical.

The musical won two 2010 Tony Awards: Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Christine Jones, and Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Kevin Adams. It also received a nomination for Best Musical. In 2011, its Broadway cast recording won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

For tickets and showbuying, you may contact 9 Works Theatrical at M +63917.554.5560 • T 586.7105 / 557.5860. You can follow updates via Twitter (9wtonline), Instagram (@9wtonline) and follow #Globe9WTAmericanIdiot.

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April 16, 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch discovers power in Doctor Strange teaser trailer

Check out the teaser above and see two posters for the film below. Make sure to see "Doctor Strange" when it lands in Philippine theaters November 4!
“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The film will show audiences corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe never before explored, thanks to director Scott Derrickson.

“Doctor Strange” stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Michael Stuhlbarg with Mads Mikkelsen and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton.

“Doctor Strange” is the latest film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3’s goal—over the course of four years and nine films—is to introduce audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites. Here's the trailer:

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Based on the Marvel comic character who first appeared in “Strange Tales” Issue #110 published in July 1963, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War,” (April 27, 2016), “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” (May 5, 2017) and “Thor: Ragnarok” (November 3, 2017).

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March 31, 2016

know your teachers in 9WT's Stage Camp

9 Works Theatricals' Stage Camp is an annual theater arts workshop for all ages and it will surely make your summer productive and art-filled with the following courses for 7 whole weeks! The workshop starts on April 11 to May 29 with the following:

Kiddie and Pre-Teen Camp (Ages 5 to 11 years old):
Mondays to Fridays
Weeks 1-3: April 11 to 29, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Weeks 4-7: May 2 to 27, 12:00nn to 3:00pm

Teens Camp (Ages 12 to16 years old)
Mondays to Fridays
Weeks 1-3: April 11 to 29, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Weeks 4-7: May 2 to 27, 3:30pm to 6:30pm

Adult Camp (Ages 17 years old and up)
Mondays to Fridays
Weeks 1-3: April 11 to 29, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Weeks 4-7: May 2 to 27, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Just in case you're more interested of the teachers, let me introduce 5 in the 9WT network to impart theater skills that you will surely enjoy.

Kiddie & Pre-Teen Camp (ages 5 – 11) will be held 1pm-3pm from April 11, and will shift to 12pm-3pm by May. Students will be under the mentoring of Onyl Torres (musical director of 9WT’s RENT, The Wedding Singer, 50 Shades!, and artistic board director of the Philippine Choral Directors Association) and Jim Ferrer (West End UK’s Here Lies Love, ATEG’s Tarzan) - you may also recognize him in a Nissin Yakisoba commercial.
Teen Camp (ages 12 – 16) will be held 4pm-6pm (April) and will shift to 3:30pm-6:30pm (May). Managing the class are Sab Jose (9WT’s RENT, The Wedding Singer, Grease, and The Sandbox Collective’s acting coach for NO FILTER) and Nelsito Gomez (9WT’s Grease, Manila Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet, ATEG’ Saturday Night Fever, Shrek).
Adult Camp (17 and above) will be held 7pm-9pm (April) and will shift to 7pm-10pm (May). The workshop will be spearheaded by 9 Works Theatrical’s Artistic Director and theater veteran Robbie Guevara (Asian and UK tour of Miss Saigon, and the directorial force behind 9WT’s shows).
The culminating showcases will be at the CPR Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati with the Adult Camp performing on May 28 at 8pm, and the Kiddie&Pre-Teen Camp on May 29 at 3pm, followed by the Teen Camp at 5pm.

Pick up your phones and contact 0917.554.5560 or 586.7105 or email for enrollment and inquiries!

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March 27, 2016

Here's how much Batman V Superman earned in its opening day

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MANILA, March 27, 2016 – Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” took the Philippine box office by storm on its opening day yesterday, earning P86.65-million across 598 screens and setting new box-office records, with no signs of slowing down.

Opening virtually day-and-date across the globe, director Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated follow-up to “Man of Steel” brings Batman and Superman together on the big screen for the first time in history, and is the very first feature film appearance of Wonder Woman, the third Super Hero in DC Comics’ iconic Trinity.

In the Philippines, the film has broken a number of industry records, namely:

  • Biggest Single Day Gross in cinema history, surpassing last year's “Avengers: Age of Ultron's” P83.2-M (Sunday Gross);
  • Biggest Opening Day All-Time Industry-Wide, ahead of “Avengers: Age of Ultron's” P72.7-M (Wed opening);
  • Biggest Saturday Gross All-Time Industry-Wide, eclipsing “Avengers: Age of Ultron's” PhP81.9-M;
  • Biggest WB Opening Day All-Time, beating “Man of Steel's” PhP69-M (Wed - holiday opening) and
  • Biggest Superhero Opening Day, surpassing “Avengers: Age of Ultron's” P72-M.

The announcement was made today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines.

Soliven said, “Anticipation for `Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' has been building across the country and these incredible results are a testament to not only the enduring appeal of these global icons but the power of the epic cinematic showdown Zack Snyder and his brilliant cast and crew have delivered. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the film’s incredible debut and strong word-of-mouth and repeat business promises to propel its success well into the season.”

From director Zack Snyder comes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known before.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Syder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers.

Snyder’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Larry Fong (“300,” “Watchmen”) and production designer Patrick Tatopoulos (“300: Rise of an Empire”), and from his “Man of Steel” team, editor David Brenner, costume designer Michael Wilkinson, visual effects supervisor John DJ DesJardin, and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”) working in conjunction with composer Junkie XL (“Mad Max: Fury Road”).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, a Zack Snyder film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The film can be seen in IMAX, Dolby Cinema, 3D and 2D, and is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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