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Hamlet – Theater in the Philippines

Ikarus Productions presents “Hamlet” at DITO Bahay ng Sining, a theater in the Philippines. One of the most memorable and perhaps most disturbing among William Shakespeare’s plays, it tells the story of Hamlet, heir to the throne of Denmark, whose sanity started hanging by a thread after his father’s untimely demise and her mother’s marriage to her uncle. He immediately sensed something is wrong and plotted revenge before his insanity goes full circle. Or has it?


CLAUDIUS… Gian Carlo Patello IV

HORATIO… Jan Leyson

Hamlet - Theater in the Philippines
GERTRUDE… Natalia Go

Hamlet - Theater in the Philippines
POLONIUS… Andre Alcantara

Hamlet - Theater in the Philippines
LAERTES… Sky Abundo

Hamlet - Theater in the Philippines
OPHELIA… Danielle de Leon

Hamlet - Theater in the Philippines.
HAMLET… Kuya Manzano

Lighting Designer… Jan Leyson asstd. by Gian Carlo Patello IV
Sounds Designer…. Jonathan Rodriguez
Production Designer… Claudine Delfin & Jay Crisostomo IV
Graphic Designer… Claudine Delfin
Direction… Jay Crisostomo IV

Director Jay Crisostomo IV chose to present the play with a neutral accent as he views this as more about entering the mind of Hamlet rather than focusing on getting the accents right. “It is a story which must be told with the ferocity of its topic but with also the gentleness of its protagonist. Hamlet screams ‘Murther!’ but before that final scream was the million-billion struggles which comes from the meek heart of a boy,” he shares.

The critically-acclaimed play will be staged on February 20, 21, 22, 27 and 28 and March 6, 7 and 8 at DITO Bahay ng Sining located in J. Molina St. corner Guizama St., Concepcion Uno, Marikina City. It will also be staged on iChill Theater Cafe on March 13 and 14 at 8pm and March 15 at 4pm. Directions and instructions as to how to get to DITO Bahay ng Sining can be referred to Arion through his contact details  0935 966 8769 or email Directions on going to iChill Theater Cafe can be accessed through Facebook & Twitter. Other details regarding special discounts and other similar deals can be seen on my official Facebook page, Kuya Manzano Fan Page, and my Twitter account @kuyamanzano. Hope to see you there. Gracias!

Back to Marco Polo the musical in 2015 playing Kublai Khan

After a pause I’m back in the production with a major role, the emperor Kublai Khan 8the son of Genghis Khan).

Hopefully you watched the previous runs of Marco Polo where I played Baron Tegan, the main antagonist to Marco Polo’s quest conquering the heart of Princess Kogajin.

Yeah, I love playing the bad guys 😀

It’s an honor to be back in the production with this role with several solo songs, a lot of weight… it’s a big challenge.

The notes are high and demanding, the acting too coz I’ll be playing a father and an emperor nevertheless.

I’ll work hard to give you the best.

And this is the preview of the latest version of the libretto and instrumentation. It has been bettered from last run at Meralco Theater.

Now we move to the most prestigious theater in the Philippines, to the CCP. All Pinoy performers respect performances at the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. So here also goes some pressure on our shoulders.

Here a pic of our last performance where I played bad ass Baron Tegan: Baron Tegan by Kuya Manzano in Marco Polo the Musical.

On stage as my wife will be the great Pinky Marques, what an honor. And legendary theater actor Chingoy Alonso as the Narrator. Princess Kogajin will be played by Stephanie Reese (Miss Saigon in Germany), my daughter.

See you in March 2015 at the CCP.

Musical Theater concert videos

Youtube channel has been bussy lately with updates of songs from concerts around Metro Manila, here some for your enjoyment.


The Impossible Dream at Fisher Mall Philippines

Fisher Mall Philippines had musical Jekyll & Hyde

Humanist plug in for persuing the Impossible Dream of Man from La Mancha

This is the moment powerful version

Sandy from Grease in the Philippines on a bike

Bring him home from Les Miserables by Kuya Manzano

Hope you enjoy, comment and share! TY 🙂

Broadway night at Rizal Park open air auditorium

Broadway night with Kuya Manzano for free on Friday 22 August 2014 at 6pm at Rizal Park Open auditorium.

Rizal Park open auditorium
Rizal Park open auditorium

 After three years in the Philippines, Kuya wants to say thank you for a successful career in Manila with this concert.

Beautiful show tunes for an hour or so concert. Powerful tenor show stoppers promised!

You’ve seen him in starring at

  • GMA TV series Katipunan as Tinyente Mateo Flores
  • Cinemalaya’s Amor y Muerte as Padre Santiago
  • Ibarra in Noli me Tangere the Opera
  • TV5 and ABSCBN support roles in TV series as well
  • And now at Rizal Park for a Big Broadway concert

Open to all kinds of audience, without age limitation. Broadway geeks and not will enjoy this concert ‘coz some tunes really got popular thanks to films lately. We’ll have songs from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha… and some Spanish and Tagalog surprise extra bonus of course. The show was produced at iChill Theater Cafe and will be staged there regularly after. Thanks to the support of Challenge 21 board game, TBR videography, HAPI humanists. Feel free to bring all the friends you want and be there by 5:30pm to get a good seat. It’s a 1000 seater theater that seems to fill up regularly! Kuya_Manzano_Singer Thank you and see you at the Theater!