Homegrown theater artist Eugene Domingo, Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Fil-Aussie
Broadway star MiG Ayesa, and Emmy nominated Art Acuna lead the nominees in the theater
award given by an international news site.
Filipino productions like PETA’s “Bona” and Dulaang UP’s “The Seagull” go head to head with international touring shows like “The King and I” and “The Phantom of the Opera”— a good sign, say the people behind the New York-based BroadwayWorld Philippines, which covers shows that ran in the country between October 2011 and September 2012.
“It’s a reflection that we provide equal opportunity for everyone,” said BroadwayWorld New York editor-in-chief Robert Diamond.
“For us, there is no big or small production. We want to recognize all the efforts of those who put on a good show for their respective audiences.”
Diamond added, “Making it to the nominees’ list is already an achievement in itself.
Everyone is already a winner.”
BroadwayWorld received more than 4,000 entries and trimmed these down to a shortlist.
Some of the nominations include the following:
Best Actress in a Play award
- Salonga (Atlantis Productions’ “God of Carnage”);
- Domingo (Philippine Educational Theater Association’s “Bona”);
- Ana Abad Santos (Dulaang UP’s “The Seagull”);
- Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (“God of Carnage”), and
- Gianina Ocampo (Repertory Philippines’ “Leading Ladies”).
Best Actor in a Play
- Acuna (“God of Carnage”);
- David Bianco and Bart Guingona (Repertory Philippines’ “Next Fall”),
- Edgar Allan Guzman (“Bona”), and
- Adrian Pang (“God of Carnage”).
Best Featured Actor in a Musical award
- Ayesa (“Rock of Ages”);
- Junix Inocian (Repertory Philippines’ “Jekyll and Hyde”);
- Jett Pangan (“Rock of Ages”);
- Raymund Concepcion (“The King and I”), and
- Anthony Downing (“The Phantom of the Opera”).
Best Locally Produced Broadway Show
- Atlantis’ “The Little Mermaid,”
- “Jekyll and Hyde,”
- “The King and I,” and
- “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Voting is open to Filipinos all over the world until Saturday, December 15, 2012.
Individuals can vote only once.
The winners will be announced in January 2013. - VVP, GMA News