The Iron Lady and the Hopeless-Romantic Me =)
Euro-cultural immersion – done! I was homebound, aboard a CX for a good 13-hr flight. I said good for I had plenty of time to catch up on some interesting films, including The Iron Lady, a Margaret Thatcher biopic.
There’s one scene from The Iron Lady, that I wished to experience in this lifetime (I tried to be specific with the timeline). I never want to become a Prime Minister; the scene I’m referring to is Denis’ and Margaret’s date in a theatre – they were enjoying a lively scene from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. That idea of a date is both classic and classy. I’ve always loved the theatre…I used to act / write / and direct plays back in school, and I (then secretly) wished – that I’d end up with someone who would also appreciate the theater…oh, and a date in a theatre production of any Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classics.
I was aboard CX, 30th April 2012…and five months later, 30th September 2012…I was at the Newport Performing Arts Theater enjoying that same lively scene – the King of Siam and Mrs. Anna – singing, dancing, and what would appear – falling in-love…Shall We Dance? BFD reached for my hand…exactly what Mr. Denis Thatcher did, as depicted in the biopic, The Iron Lady. =)
The King and I at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre, Resorts World Manila
The King and I is a stage musical based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens. Anna became the governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the 1860s. Anna was hired to support the King’s drive to modernize Siam. The story depicts cultural conflict with some political undertone, and a love that neither the King nor Anna was able to express. (source: Wikipedia).
What made Newport Theater production extra-special is that it’s all-Filipino! The production showcases world-class Filipino talent, top-billed by Leo Tavarro Valdez (King) and Monique Wilson (Anna), directed by Mr. Freddie Santos, with performances by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philippine Ballet Theater. Oh, and I just have to mention the lovely gowns designed by Rajo Laurel for Monique Wilson! =)
We’ve got Resorts World Manila to thank for producing the show. It is indeed a very ambitious project, but the all the effort that went into is every bit perfect for bringing out a truly stellar stage production. The Newport Performing Arts Theater is as modern as its name implies – acoustic and lighting are superb.
As of press time, the play runs every Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM and 7PM, and Sunday at 2PM. Ticket price starts at P1000.00. For more details, you may visit Newport Theater’s official website: http://www.rwmanila.com/entertainment-at-resorts-world-manila/newport-performing-arts-theater.