Be enchanted by the world’s beloved musical as Resorts World Manila brings back The Sound of Music starting October 15, 2011 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater; featuring a powerhouse cast of theater veterans and most promising newcomers guaranteed to beguile you in this timeless tale of love.

Based on a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, a musical by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music showcases the story of Maria Rainer, a young postulant appointed as governess over the seven children of widower Captain Georg von Trapp. Maria takes on the role of a mother to her charges, teaches them the art of music and singing, and captivates the
heart of the once cold and stern captain.

The Sound of Music opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959, moved to the Mark Hellinger Theatre on November 6, 1962 and closed on June 15, 1963 after 1,443 performances. The director was Vincent J. Donehue, and the choreographer was Joe Layton. The original cast included Mary Martin (at age 46) as Maria, Theodore Bikel as Captain Georg von Trapp, Patricia Neway as Mother Abbess, Kurt Kasznar as Max Detweiler, Marion Marlowe as Elsa Schraeder, Brian Davies as Rolf and Lauri Peters as Liesl. Sopranos Patricia Brooks and June Card were ensemble members in the original production. The show tied for the Tony Award for Best Musical with Fiorello!. Other awards included Martin for Best Actress in a Musical, Neway for Best Featured Actress, Best Scenic Design (Oliver Smith) and Best Musical Direction (Frederick Dvonch). Bikel and Kaznar were nominated for acting awards, and Donehue was nominated for his direction. The entire children’s cast was nominated for Best Featured Actress category as a single nominee, even though two children were boys.

The Sound Of Music was also nominated for ten Academy Awards and winner of five (including Best Picture and Best Director), The Sound of Music was the number one Box Office Champion from 1966 to 1972 it, according to Variety’s survey. Today it stands as the most successful movie musical of all time. The motion picture soundtrack, released internationally on the RCA label, locally distributed by Ivory Music & Video, the official licensee of Sony Music, has gone gold and platinum and sold well over 10 million units worldwide. Ivory Music & Video now is offering a new special version of the beloved musical, complete with revised liner notes and brand-new

The Sound Of Music includes a very special nod to the music’s impact and influence on younger generations: My Favorite Things, sung by Lea Michelle of the hit TV show Glee. The song’s relevance today in pop culture is a sign of the endearing and lasting achievement of this cinematic and musical touchstone. Also available is the Original Broadway Cast Recording, This CD reissue has noticeably improved sound and adds two bonus tracks: a 16-and-a-half-minute suite of the score put together by original orchestrator
Robert Russell Bennett that constitutes a virtual overture and a version of “Do-Re-Mi” by Mitch Miller & the Sing-Along Chorus, with the children of the cast joining in.

Call the Resorts World Manila Tourist/Visitor Hotline at 836-6333, 908-8833 or TicketWorld at 811-9999
for more information.

VIP P2,000
Premiere P1,700
Deluxe P1,300
Balcony P1,000


Mr. FU, the star DJ of 103.5 WOW FM releases his new “WOW I LAHVEET!” album under Sony Music Philippines.
“This is definitely a bigger and better collection,” Mr. Fu admits, “and my original song entitled “Wow Megano’n?!” sounds really current and hi-tech.”

This new collection boasts of a rare assembly of stars and hits like Lea Salonga’s “If You’re Not Here By My Side,” Sharon Cuneta & Ogie Alcasid’s new version of “Nandito Ako,” the rare recordings of Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo’s “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song” and KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez’s “When I Met You” with Joey de Leon’s “Itaktak Mo” and Francis M‘s “Kaleidoscope World.” It also carries Mr. Fu’s favorites “The Last Time I Felt Like This” by Ariel Rivera and Joanna Ampil, Agot Isidro’s “How Can I Be Sure,” and of course, Aljur Abrenica’s “Beauty and Madness.” Also part of this special collection are Sony’s new band hits “Gusto Ko Lang Ng Girlfriend” by Eevee and “Baliw” by Kiss Jane.

“Sulit talaga…all hits para sa mga WOWits!” exclaimed Mr. Fu, “I thank God for all these blessings that came my way this 2010.  Undeniably, aside from this album, Mr. Fu has been blessed with very good television exposure this year —which includes hosting stints in “Wow, Megano’n?! with Joey de Leon,” “Party On 5” and very recently, he was launched as a segment host of the trailblaizing showbiz talkshow “Paparazzi” on TV5 and is very bankable in events and corporate hostings.

“This album is a good memento of a good year: full of struggles yet full of happiness and triumphs. I dedicate this to my dad who is guiding me now from above,” punctuated Mr. Fu — to which we say, “Megano’n?!” Well deserved successes, Mr. Fu!


Tomorrow’s gonna be a big day for Joanna Ampil as she holds her “West End Girl” concert at Onstage, Greenbelt with guest FilharmoniKa with Gerard Salonga and Ariel Rivera. Aside from the concert, it was also revealed in one of the articles below that Joanna recently shot a scene with American actress Anne Hathaway for the movie ‘One Day’ ~ wow, that is something we should look forward to!

Let’s check out the news scans below from Philippine Star, Manila Standard and Philippine Daily Inquirer:

Get your tickets now for Joanna Ampil : West End Girl concert from TicketWorld or call 8919999. See you there!


Joanna Ampil is preparing for her first concert in Manila this year entitled “JOANNA AMPIL: WEST-END GIRL” scheduled on Sept 18, 2010, 8pm at Onstage Greenbelt. She will be accompanied by today’s most in-demand orchestra, FILharmoniKA with Gerard Salonga, and special guest artist, Ariel Rivera. Check out the news article below from The Philippine Star and Pilipino Star Ngayon.

For tickets, visit or call 8919999.


AmbientMedia, Global Resource Creative Exchange Inc., Sony Music and NET 25 present a one-of-a-kind concert dubbed as Joanna Ampil : West End Girl scheduled on Sept 18, 2010, 8pm at Onstage Greenbelt. Together with today’s most in-demand orchestra, FILharmoniKA with Gerard Salonga, and special guest artist, Ariel Rivera, Joanna Ampil will be serenading the audience with music which has her dubbed as “the West End Girl,” having performed in lead roles in London’s West End for seventeen years.
Joanna Ampil auditioned at the age of 17 for Miss Saigon and went directly to London for her first professional theater appearance. Since then Miss Ampil has opened Miss Saigon in Sydney, Australia. She has continued her stellar theater debut with performances as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Fantine and Eponine in Les Miserables, Mimi on Rent and many others on the West End stage. She has performed for the Queen during a special Le Miz production at the Windsor Castle. Joanna has since returned to the Philippines for the role of Maria in West Side Story.

She has also released a pop album “Try Love” under Sony Music which features her renditions of timeless songs such as The Carpenters’ “I’m Caught Between Goodbye and I Love You”, “I Don’t Have The Heart” by James Ingram and the latest single “The Last Time I Felt Like This”, her duet with Ariel Rivera.

Joanna Ampil has also been invited to perform in concerts in Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong. This will be Joanna Ampil’s first concert in Manila this year.

Tickets are at 2,000, 1,200, 900,700, and 500 available at Ticketworld outlets or call 891-9999 or log on to http://www.ticketworld,