Some of the perks of my work are the cool office mates. My manager was given a VIP invite to Resorts World’s Sound of Music, and she just gave me the tickets. Wow, talk about lucky. Naturally, I invited Sarah, who was also looking forward to see her favorite musical live on-stage. Who are we to refuse a free offer? Thanks Ms. Aissa Benitez!
It was my first time in Resorts World, although photography is prohibited during the show, we were able to take some shots before the show started. Newport Performing Arts Theater was awesome. Truly a world-class theater. It features the largest LED-screen in Southeast Asia as the stage backdrop. We were first seated at the far left side of the theater, not that bad since the stage was engineered to be seen even at all angles. But before the show started, we were ushered to be seated somewhere in the middle. The best seat in the theater, not that high in the balcony and not that low in the patron section, we were exactly at the middle of the theater both vertically and horizontally.
We got the show where Cris Villonco plays Maria. Ms. Villonco actually carried the whole show single-handedly, I was waiting for the other actors to step up. Ms. Pinky Amador was in her usual brilliant performance although limited part and lines. We were lucky as well that Atasha Mulach was part of the cast, the audience kept on sighing as she mumbled her lines. Too many lines though for her character. The play was based mainly on the Broadway act and not from the movie, so fans of the movie might get a little disappointed with the song arrangements. I was amazed at the stage props nonetheless. It’s great to see that we have something of this caliber of a show here in the Philippines. The overall acting may not be that worthy of a standing ovation, the music not that laudable (live Philharmonic Orchestra, but they were hidden) but I applaud the technical aspects of the play like the lighting, set props and the technology used.
Go see it with your family it’s a great pre-holiday feel good treat!