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Making A Christmas Carol a Filipino Christmas Tradition
Ushering in the holiday season, Globe Live is staging Menken & Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol The Musical, its second theatrical offering for 2016. The musical is a co-production between Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical, fresh from American Idiot’s run which received 10 citations from this year’s Gawad Buhay Awards.
A Christmas Carol is a musical written by Tony Award nominee Mike Ockrent and Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens, with lyrics by Ahrens and music by Alan Menken. It is based on the 1843 novella by Charles Dickens and tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who brushes off the holiday season with the now-iconic phrase “Bah, humbug!”
He is visited by the ghosts of his former business partner and of Christmas past, present, and future. From them, he learns the true meaning of Christmas: giving.
“We were encouraged by the incredible success of American Idiot,” shares Executive Producer and Globe Retail Transformation and Stores Management Head, Joe Caliro. “We chose to do A Christmas Carol for our second run because Christmas in the Philippines is colorful and we want to add our musical as a new Filipino holiday tradition.”
Globe and 9 Works Theatrical is pulling out all the stops in producing Menken & Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol The Musical. Only the country’s number one mobile brand can produce a musical of this magnitude, complete with a cast of 31 actors, a 22-piece orchestra, three top Filipino choirs, and even snow for the complete Christmas spirit!
“The lessons that Scrooge learns in the musical is something that is already innate for Filipinos,” says Caliro. “They are warm, they are giving, they have a strong sense of family, and their holiday cheer is infectious. Some scenes are reminiscent of the noche buena tradition! This is the kind of musical that will resonate among the people here.”
Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical’s adaptation of Menken & Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol The Musical is directed by Robbie Guevara, with Onyl Torres as assistant director and Daniel Bartolome as musical director.
It will be staged at the Globe ICONIC Store, an open-space destination with a dynamic setup that can be arranged to suit any need. As an open-air auditorium, it makes theatergoing a more casual and inviting affair for everyone in Bonifacio High Street.
“Globe Live has proven itself to be a purveyor of world-class entertainment, and with 9WT we are going to once again raise the bar for local theater in order to introduce this new holiday tradition to everyone,” ends Caliro. “We invite friends and families to watch to make their holidays a little warmer and a little merrier.”
Globe is offering exciting ways to bring the musical to Filipinos. For a minimum single receipt purchase of P4,000 using your MasterCard in any of the participating Bonifacio High Street, or One and Two Parkade establishments, you can avail of two free tickets.
The first 350 customers who apply for a Globe myLifestyle Plan at Plan 999 and higher with a Huawei device at participating Globe stores from November 10-30 can also avail two free tickets.
MasterCard cardholders can redeem their tickets at the BGC Concierge located at C1 and C3 at the Bonifacio High Street daily from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM only. Cardholder must present the following to qualify for redemption: MasterCard credit, debit, or prepaid card; original charge slip from the transaction; and proof of identification.
A Christmas Carol will be shown on December 3 to 4, 9 to 11, 16 to 18, 21 and 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM, and on December 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM, at the Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Tickets are available for P2,100 on www.ticketworld.com.ph.