Tony Award-Winning Musical 'Waitress' Set To Make Its International Debut in Manila This Year

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After a stellar year that included a repeat run of the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home starring Lea Salonga, the Tony/Olivier/Grammy Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, and the Olivier Award-winning family musical Matilda, Atlantis Theatrical has announced its 2018 Season which will include the first international production of the Sara Bareilles musical Waitress, which continues to run on Broadway to SRO crowds.

Atlantis will kick off its 2018 Season with a repeat run of the hit musical Kinky Boots featuring a celebrated performance by Nyoy Volante as Lola. With songs by Grammy- and Tony- winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this fabulous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

Kinky Boots takes you from the factory floor in Northhampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the shoe factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

Inspired by true events, this joyous musical was brought to life on the big screen in 2005, with Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor as the dazzling Lola, before being transformed into a hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that continues to run on Broadway. The Limited Repeat Run if Kinky Boots plays at the RCBC Theatre, Makati from March 2–18, 2018.

In September, Atlantis will premiere the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Side Show, with music by Henry Krieger, who composed Dreamgirls.

Based on the true story of conjoined twins and famed entertainers Violet and Daisy Hilton, Side Show is a remarkable musical about acceptance, love, and embracing one’s uniqueness. As the starring act of a sideshow, helmed by an abusive ringmaster, Violet and Daisy Hilton are eager to accept an offer of fame, fortune, and potential romance proffered by Terry, a talent scout, and Buddy, a budding musician. As stars on the Orpheum Circuit, it seems that Violet and Daisy have everything they ever wanted. The one thing they lack, however, is the fulfillment of their hearts’ desires. Different as they are, when it comes to matters of the heart, Daisy and Violet have the same burning questions: “Who could proudly stand beside me? Who will love me as I am?” Nearly entirely sung-through, Side Show features soulful music, stunningly beautiful lyrics, and powerhouse show-stoppers, particularly the famous duets “Who Will Love Me as I Am” and “I Will Never Leave You.” A stunning reminder of the importance of accepting and celebrating what makes us unique, Side Show is a true story that will touch the audience’s heart.



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In November, Atlantis closes its season with Sara Bareilles’ hit musical Waitress that continues to sell out on Broadway. 

Making its international debut in Manila with a sparkling new production, this irresistible Broadway hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (Brave, Love Song) and a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) "It's an empowering musical of the highest order!" raves the Chicago Tribune.

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

"Waitress is a little slice of heaven!" says Entertainment Weekly and "a monumental contribution to Broadway!" according to Marie Claire. Don't miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

With these three musicals lined up for 2018, Manila is all set for another year of exciting musical theatre.

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