Solaire Resort and Casino, a USD $1 Billion-worth integrated resort complex, is not only a premiere leisure and gaming destination in the Philippines. As of November 26, 2014, when The Theatre at Solaire was formally launched, Solaire complex is now also a state-of-the-art performance venue for theatre plays, musicals, dance performances, and concert events.
Here’s a first-look photo essay of what to expect from the metro’s newest theater.
The Theatre at Solaire is located at the newly opened Sky Tower. It has a separate drop-off entrance from the hotel’s main building. Getting to the theatre’s foyer is a bit tricky because some of the elevators are not yet operational and not all of the staff is briefed yet on where to usher guests. But once you’re in this area, it should be easy for you to follow the signs that lead to the lobby.
The elegantly-designed Grand Foyer is surrounded by the box-office, the Theatre Cafe and Bar, and a gift shop.
Accessible through eight doors, The Theatre is a fan-shaped, two-storey lyric theatre with a seating capacity of 1,760. Though it seats less than CCP's Main Theater (which can accommodate 1,821 guests), The Theatre boasts of state-of-the-art and first-class light and sound equipment. The Theatre is the first in the country (and one of the firsts in Asia) to be equipped with the Constellation Acoustic System, created by Meyer Sound. On its grand launch, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra's Gerard Salonga demonstrated how easy it is now to apply reverberation in one flick of a button, thanks to the Constellation Acoustic system.
To wow its first guests for the year and showcase its modern production technology, The Theatre at Solaire hosted a medley performance of the country's best stage actors, musicians, and singers. The program started with an opening musical featuring Entertainment Director Audie Gemora. The classical suite followed with performances of sopranos Karla Gutierrez, Myramae Meneses, Camille Lopez Molina, prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, and Philippine Opera Company.
Soprano Camille Lopez Molina
Maestro Ryan Cayabyab introduced the second part, that featured The Ryan Cayabyab Singers together with the stars of contemporary Philippine musical theater: Robert Sena, Karylle, Myke Salomon, Isay Alvarez, and Aicelle Santos.
The Happy Suite, featuring Sam Concepcion, Regine Tolentino, Edna Ledesma, 38 Degrees, and Manoeuvres, pumped up the theatre's energy with their dance numbers.
Pop stars Morisette Amon, Christian Bautista, Yeng Constantino, and internationally-acclaimed artists, Martin Nievera and Lea Salonga, ended the show with OPM and Broadway Classics.
The Theatre at Solaire opens its doors for the holidays with the first International Broadway show CHICAGO from December 2 to 21, 2014.