Monday, November 7, 2011

Broadway (BWW) has revealed its nominees for Philippine Awards

Image Source: (BWW) Philippines Awards has recently revealed its nominees in different categories for Philippine Theater.

I have one critique though.  A category for BEST ORIGINAL PLAY and BEST ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE must also be included (and must be separated from foreign/non-original plays) because playwrights and composers such as the likes of Vincent De Jesus must be given due credit for composing original songs and writing plays which are fruits of their own intellect & "blood, sweat and tears" so to speak (and not copied) .  They are a feat in itself.

As one screenwriter Oscar honorary awardee once said, "A movie always starts, and ends with a screenplay."   The same goes with theater. Without the writer or lyricist/composer, the actor and director can do nothing (even if they have all the costume, lighting & set designers and musical directors).  Thanks to foreign plays which we can borrow rights from and showcase, but for theater companies who did not do such and produced their original plays for Philippine Theater, their very own original Filipino plays and music must be recognized and honored as well.  Just my two-cents-worth.

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Nomination was from October 6 to 31.  The list of nominees were trimmed down from 500 to the following:

2011 BWW Philippines Awards Nominees

Best Musical
In the Heights (Atlantis Productions Inc.)
Sweet Charity (9 Works Theatrical)
Sound of Music (Resorts World Manila)
Peter Pan (Repertory Philippines/Stages Production Specialists Inc.)
Noli Me Tangere (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Care Divas (Philippine Educational Theater Association)
Cory ng Edsa (Philippine Stagers Foundation)

Best Play
American Hwangap (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Ang Post Office (Philippine Educational Theater Association)

Best Direction of a Musical
Bobby Garcia (Next to Normal)
Jaime del Mundo and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Peter Pan)
Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Little Women)
Robbie Guevara (Sweet Charity)
Chari Arespacochaga (Aida)
Christopher De Venecia (Little Shop of Horrors)
Dexter Santos (Orosman at Zafira)
Vince Tanada (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Direction of a Play
Gary Labad (Ang Post Office)

Best Leading Actor (Musical)
Jett Pangan (Next to Normal)
Felix Rivera (Next to Normal)
Sam Concepcion (Peter Pan)
Gian Magdangal (The Wedding Singer)
Kris Lawrence (Sweet Charity)
Mark Bautista (Noli Me Tangere)
Melvin Lee (Care Divas)
Ricci Chan (Care Divas)
Jerald Napoles (Care Divas)
Vince Tanada (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Leading Actor (Play)
Martin delos Santos (Ang Post Office)

Best Leading Actress (Musical)
Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Next to Normal)
Ciara Sotto (Rent)
Mian Dimacali (Rent)
Caisa Borromeo (Little Women)
Nikki Gil (Sweet Charity)
Tippy dos Santos (Peter Pan)
Cris Villonco (Noli Me Tangere)

Best Leading Actress (Play)
Jay Glorioso (Love, Loss, and What I Wore)
Liza Infante (The 39 Steps)
Shamaine Centenera Buencamino (Fake)

Best Musical Direction
Gerard Salonga (Little Women)
Joseph Tolentino (Sweet Charity)
Pipo Cifra (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Choreography
Cecille Martinez (In the Heights)
Deana Aquino (Sweet Charity)
Dexter Santos (Orosman at Zafira)
John San Antonio (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Costume Design
Raven Ong (Peter Pan)
Mio Infante (Rent)
Emy Tanada (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Lighting Design
Shoko Matsumoto (Next to Normal)

Best Set Design
Joey Mendoza (Little Women)
Gino Gonzales (Peter Pan)
Jeffrey Ambrosio (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Sound Design
Chuck Ledesma (Rent)
 Bobbit Jacinto (In the Heights)
Rards Corpus (Sound of Music)
Art Grabentina (Cory ng Edsa)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role/Ensemble Role (Musical)
Markki Stroem (Next to Normal)
OJ Mariano (Rent)
Michael Williams (Peter Pan)
Jeff Arcilla (Little Women)
Johann dela Fuente (The Wedding Singer)
Jon Jon Martin (The Wedding Singer)
Miguel Faustmann (Sweet Charity)
Myke Salomon (Care Divas)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role/Ensemble Role (Play)
Jeremy Domingo (American Hwangap)
Nicco Manalo (American Hwangap)
Jonathan Tadioan (Bombita)
George de Jesus (Amphitryon)
Joshua Deocareza (Titus Andronicus)
Nic Campos (Shakespeare in Hollywood)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role/Ensemble Role (Musical)
Bea Garcia (Next to Normal)
Tex Ordonez (In the Heights)
Ciara Sotto (Sweet Charity)
Sheila Valderrama (Sweet Charity)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role/Ensemble Role (Play)
Cris Villonco (The Joy Luck Club)
Frances Makil Ignacio (The Joy Luck Club)
Liesl Batucan (American Hwangap)
Skyzx Labastilla (Titus Andronicus)

Best Theater Company
Atlantis Productions Inc.
9 Works Theatrical

Best Theatrical Venue
Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium
CCP Little Theater
PETA Center Theater
Newport Performing Arts Theater (Resorts World Manila)

I already have my own choices for some:
Jett Pangan (Best Actor - Musical)
Menchu L. (Best Actress - Musical)
Next to Normal (Best Musical)
Markki Stroem (Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role - Musical)
Bea Garcia (Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role - Musical)
Bobby Garcia (Next to Normal)

As to the others, I'm still thinking about it.  I have until Dec. 31 to vote.

Best of luck to our nominees! ;)

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