Theater and Musical Shows in Manila to Watch This May 2024
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Here Are the Theater and Musical Shows Gracing the Stage This May 2024

Here Are the Theater and Musical Shows Gracing the Stage This May 2024

The month of May is all about celebrating the colorful flowers as they finally bloom just in time for summer. Just like the flowers, local theater is preparing to bloom with different stories and music to take the stage, offering a craft and talent that is waiting to bloom.

Big theater shows finally kicked off last month with One More Chance The Musical’s sold-out shows to international play Rent and classic local band Parokya ni Edgar’s musical, this month’s list offers a different experience from a local movie’s musical adaptation to an international musical treat. May is a budding month for everyone in the theater industry.

Bar Boys: A New Musical

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From the big screen to the theater stage, Kip Oebanda’s 2017 film “Bar Boys” is finally having a theatrical adaptation set to open on May 3, bringing the story of the triumphs and challenges of the four aspiring law students named Chris (Alex Diaz), Erik (Benedix Ramos), Torran (Jerom Canlas), and Josh (Omar Uddin), joined by their professor Justice Hernandez (Sheila Francisco), with a touch of comedic twist.

Set to take stage at the PowerMac Center Spotlight Blackbox Theater at Circuit Makati, make sure you catch at least one show date as the play is only running until May 19!

How much: P3,000, P2,800, P2,200 / Buy here

Location: Ayala Malls Circuit, 2F Circuit Lane, Makati City


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Tackling a sensitive issue about the Roman Catholic Church that happened in Lipa, Batangas, in 1948, “GRACE” takes the interesting story of a nun named Teresita Castillo, who claimed that after countless encounters with the devil, the Virgin Mother appeared to her in the convent of the Discalced Carmelites in Lipa, Carmel, Batangas, as Mary Mediatrix of Grace. Her story has sparked controversy in the community.

Witness and dive deeper into her story, scheduled to open its curtains on May 25 at the PowerMac Center Spotlight Blackbox Theater at Circuit Makati.

How much: P2,000, P1,800, P1,500 / Buy here

Location: Ayala Malls Circuit, 2F Circuit Lane, Makati City

Pulso Pilipinas: Mga Likhang Sayaw

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Explore the rich culture of the Philippines through the sway of the body at the “Pulso Pilipinas: Mga Likhang Sayaw,” featuring various dance troupes around the country showcasing their mastery in various dance genres, including classical ballet, contemporary, and pop-inspired works, highlighting the diversity of the dance culture in the country.

The two-day event is set to kick off on May 23 at the Metropolitan Theater. You can check out the full list of dance troupes as well as the program on the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ website.

How much: P1,000, P800, P500 / Buy here

Location: Padre Burgos Ave., Ermita, Manila

Makila in Manila

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The Manila Symphony Orchestra, along with the highly acclaimed Finnish conductor Sasha Mäkilä, takes the Manila stage along with the Filipino cellist Damodar das Castillo on a magical night of celebration of music as Damodar plays his whole heart in the tune of the Romantic period and Sasha, accompanied by the orchestra, with the sound of Nordic sound, specifically Sibelius’ melody.

Sit back, relax, and let yourself get lost in the beautiful sound at the Samsung Performing Arts at Ayala Circuit on May 4.

How much: P2,000, P1,800, P1,500, P1000, P800, P500, P300 / Buy here

Location: Hippodromo St., Circuit Makati, Makati City

Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang

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Based on Severino Reyes’ children’s book, “Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” is a dance trilogy produced by Ballet Manila that promises a nostalgic, touching, and entertaining experience for all viewers with an artistic team composed of national artists and stellar choreographers and composers.

Taking stage on May 11 at the Aliw Theater, the play marks the continuation of Ballet Manila’s Ballet Masterpieces performance season.

How much: P2,000, P1,000 / Buy here

Location: CCP Complex, Vicente Sotto St., Pasay City

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