Movies and music

The tickets

Aids and I were lucky enough to snag tickets to the opening night of Rakenrol in the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo in CCP last July 23. In fairness, Rakenrol merited a showing in the Main Theater 😀

Official description:

Odie and his best friend Irene are two outsiders who find a second home in the Philippine underground music scene. The two decide to form a band and put together an unlikely crew that consists of the school bully, an ex-punk-turned-barista, and a former-childstar-turned-band-manager. The film follows their misadventures as they face satanic S&M bands, samurai swindlers, narcissistic rockstars, the pretentious Philippine art community, and the freakiest music video auteur ever. Co-written by Diego Castillo, the guitarist of one of the Philippines’ biggest rock bands SANDWICH, and directed by multi-awarded music video director Quark Henares, “Rakenrol” is a heartfelt ode to the underground scene both filmmakers spent their formative years in. Continue reading “Movies and music”

A night with Andrew Lloyd Webber

Confession time: despite my love for musicals, I have never watched an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical live. The closest I’ve ever come is the 1973 “Jesus Christ Superstar” film with Ted Neely (Jesus) and Carl Anderson (Judas). I know the songs of course – everyone knows the songs! – but I’ve never heard them sung live nor in context. I got the former but not the latter when I got to see “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” last July 2 in the CCP Main Theater.

“The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” was exactly how it was described: a theatrical event featuring timeless songs from 14 musicals spanning ALW’s decades-long career. The show allowed older fans to relive their favorite musicals while introducing new fans (or non-fans) to ALW’s extensive body of work. There were no story and costumes: just a whole lot of music.

The highlights:

  1. Michael Cormick and Trisha Crowe were utterly perfect in “The Phantom of the Opera”. CHILLS!!!
  2. “Tell Me on a Sunday”, regardless of who sang it (but Delia Hannah did a great job). “Tell Me on a Sunday” is my favorite ALW song. No, I didn’t know it was by ALW prior to this show.
  3. “No Matter What” with Blake Bowden, Shaun Rennie, Andrew Conaghan, and their corny (yet appropriate) choreography. They all looked so adorable! No, I didn’t know that this was an ALW song either. All the while I thought it was a Boyzone original.

The caveats:

  1. The show is best appreciated if you’re already familiar with the musicals. As I said before, you don’t get the context of the song. Your only introduction to the song are the graphics on the huge screens that include the musical’s poster. Because of this, the songs that got the most applause were the popular ones (“Memory”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “All I Ask of You”, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”) and the showstoppers (“Tell Me on a Sunday”, “Sunset Boulevard”, “Superstar”).
  2. Shaun Rennie as Judas didn’t work for me 🙁 He was almost there but not quite.
  3. No “Gethsemane”? Sadness.