Classic Musicale Brings Out Romance at Burnham Park

The public will be treated to a new kind of entertainment on February 14 with the staging of a musical Phantom on the Lake, an adaptation of the Broadway play Phantom of the Opera, at the Burnham Park in Baguio City.

BY LYN V. RAMO
CULTURE
Northern Dispatch
Posted by Bulatlat

BAGUIO CITY (246 kms. North of Manila) People in Baguio city will be treated to a new kind of entertainment on February 14: the staging of a classic musical play.

Billed as Phantom on the Lake, the theatrical excerpts of the French classic musical Phantom of the Opera, is the first to be performed on Burnham Lake, giving its local stage artists their first experience at acting on a stage in the middle of a lake.

According to director-actor Chinggoy Alonzo, this is the first stage performance on a lake in the Philippines.

Local artists Glen Gaerlan and Kay Balajadia are among the top performers playing cameo and secondary lead roles, with Baguio-bred Alonzo performing the title role, Christine Allado and Jonathan Badon playing the lead roles.

The Broadway opera is part of the month-long Panagbenga Flower Festival 2009 celebrations. Before the 7:00 p.m. musical, a fluvial parade at Burnham Lake will be staged in the morning to complete a whole-day family treat on Valentine’s Day.

Gaerlan, Balajadia and Badon are alumni of the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus. Allado is a theater performer, while Alonzo is a seasoned film and theater talent.

Speaking before the media Monday, the lead actress Allado said the Phantom of the Opera is about beautiful music, romance and love. “Please watch it at Burnham Lake and experience romance and love,” she said, adding she is excited to do the lake concert, which she foresees to be setting the bar for cultural performances in the city.

Phantom of the Opera, a classic theatrical rendition by Andrew Lloyd Webber from the French original Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, is about a new opera singer Christine (to be portrayed by Allado) taught and trained by an “angel,” the Phantom (to be played by Alonzo) and later becomes a diva, upstaging an older diva Carlotta (Balajadia). In a twist, a love triangle emerges with the lead male role Raoul (Badon) pursues the new diva, whose trainer is also in love with her.

Enjoyed by audiences around the globe, The Phantom of the Opera is the most successful musical in history. This Broadway musical features the songs All I Ask of You, The Music of the Night, The Point of No Return, Think of Me, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, and many more.

Villa Cordillera has confirmed it is setting up coffee tables a la European Café by the lake. Other Baguio-based restaurateurs might follow suit, said 2009 Flower Festival Chair Anthony de Leon, Baguio Country Club general manager, during the press conference that announced the staging of the Phantom on the Lake Monday morning.

The public may bring portable chairs, picnic mats or tents or simply sit on the grass, de Leon said as he anticipated a large crowd by the lake on February 14. Northern Dispatch/Posted byBulatlat.com

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  1. i love classic operatic arias and Phantom Of The Opera is one of the best musical ".,

  2. Phantom of the Opera is a classic and is one of the best plays ever:,~

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