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Theater Shows in Metro Manila This July 2018

Keep yourself entertained this July with these theater shows!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | July 04, 2018
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theater shows Metro Manila July 2018

Treat yourself to these fascinating and culturally enriching shows.

Like the downpour that dominates the weather of Metro Manila, theater shows will be raining down all month long. If you don’t have any plans yet, go out and soak up on the variety of high-caliber performances of local thespians! This month, we will get to enter the world of the group of friends from the highly-anticipated musical Ang Huling El Bimbo (The Final ‘El Bimbo’) and meet The Little Prince from Antoine Saint-Exupery’s book! To pull you back into the reality are the fantastic Madrigal singers and the duo of Willie Nepomuceno and Nonoy Zuniga. These give only a preview of what’s to come; take a look at the rest of the best theater shows in Metro Manila this July 2018 below!

1. American Stars Gala

When: July 7, 2018, 7:30PM
Where: Aliw Theater
Ticket Prices:
PhP500 General Admission
PhP1,000 Deluxe
PhP2,000 VIP
PhP3,000 Premium VIP

theater shows Metro Manila July 2018

Some of the featured stars are Lia Cirio, Joseph Philips, and Maria Baranova.

Image: Ticketworld

To open the 22nd performance season of the Philippine ballet season, Ballet Manila will bring some of the up and coming ballet stars from the United States to Manila for a night of classical ballet. The dancers hail from some of the most prestigious institutions in the US, such as Houston Ballet and Boston Ballet. Of course, our homegrown talents from Ballet Manila will also join them on stage in an exquisitely curated program of exciting contemporary choreographies and ballet’s most beloved pieces.

How to get to Aliw Theater: Take the LRT-1 to Vito Cruz station. Upon arriving at the station, turn right towards Citiland Tower, University Mall, and Rizal Memorial Basketball Coliseum. Keep walking until you the terminal of orange jeepneys heading to CCP or PICC. Ride one and get off at Aliw Theater.

2. Music at the Museum: The Philippine Madrigal Singers

When: July 19, 6:30 to 9:30PM
Where: Ayala Museum
Museum Admission Rates:
PhP700 Regular
PhP560 Discounted for Ayala Museum members
PhP500 Senior Citizens
PhP300 Students

theater shows Metro Manila July 2018

The show is part of the Music at the Museum series of Ayala Museum.

Image: Ticketworld

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that the Madrigal Singers group was formed at University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) in 1963 by the late professor and National Artist Andrea Veneracion? Although the group has been active for a long time now, the quality of their performance never wavers. In fact, the new generation of singers is composed of world class performers, so it’s best to hear them live at their show this July 19 at the Ayala Museum! As a treat, the current batch of singers will be joined on stage by Madrigal Singers alumni.

How to get to Ayala Museum: Ride the MRT and get off at Ayala Station. Enter SM Makati, walk to Glorietta, then to Landmark. From Landmark you will find a bridge that connects to the high-end mall across the street. Cross the bridge. Ayala Museum is found at the left side of the mall (facing Landmark).

3. Ang Huling El Bimbo

When: July 20 to August 26, 2018; 8:00PM on weekdays, 3:00PM on weekends (8:00 PM Saturday schedules also available)
Where: Newport Performing Arts Theater
Ticket Prices:
PhP1,937 Silver
PhP2,690 Gold
PhP3,227 VIP
PhP3,765 SVIP

theater shows Metro Manila July 2018

Eraserheads is also called Eheads.

Image: Ticketworld

If musicals that feature the songs of famous Filipino bands like Rak of Aegis and Sa Wakas (At Last) do it for you, then Ang Huling El Bimbo is a perfect pick and surefire winner! Ang Huling El Bimbo uses the song of Eraserheads, one of the most prominent bands in the country (in fact, the title of the play is actually the title of one of the band’s hits!).The musical revolves around a group of friends who were reunited after 20 years of being apart from each other. Their reunion is spent reminiscing about their friendship, starting from its beginning to its demise. So whether you’re interested to see how friendship is explored in the musical or are looking to reminisce the songs of Eheads, watching Ang Huling El Bimbo will definitely tug at your heartstrings.

How to get to Newport Performing Arts Theatre: Ride the MRT-3 and get off at Taft Avenue Station. Go down the stairs along the northbound side then turn left. You should see a McDonald’s. From there, head towards the passageway, where there are white Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal (NAIA) 3 loop shuttle public commuter buses. Ride the bus, get off at Resorts World Manila, and enter Newport Mall. The theater is at the second floor.

4. The Little Prince Interactive Play

When: July 22, 3:00PM
Where: Johnny B. Good at Glorietta 3
Ticket Prices*:
PhP1,000 Mezzanine
PhP1,300 Orchestra
* Tickets are inclusive of a burger, fries, and a drink

theater shows Metro Manila July 2018

The Little Prince is the most popular novel of the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, it was released in 1943

Image: Johnny B Good PH Facebook Page

In this stage adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic novel The Little Prince, the audience member has a vital part. In this interactive play, both kids and adults will be part of the show. While you’re not participating, you can try and sing along to the heartwarming songs created by singer-songwriter Pipo Lina. The messages of love and friendship and never forgetting your inner child will surely touch the hearts everyone in attendance. The titular role of The Little Prince will be played by Lukas Magallano, the grand winner of the 2012 talent show, Promil Preschool iShine Talent Camp.

How to get to Johnny B Good, Glorietta 3: Ride the MRT-3 and get off at Ayala Station, then head towards SM Makati. SM is connected to Glorietta3 via a footbridge. Cross the bridge and go to the third floor, where Johnny B. Good is located.

5. Special Concerts Series 2018

When: July 25, 2018, 7:30PM
Where: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex
Ticket Prices:
PhP618 Price Zone 2
PhP824 Price Zone 1

theater shows Metro Manila July 2018

The Special Concert Series features three talented Filipino musicians.


The first part of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Special Concert Series 2018 will feature pianist Clement Acevedo. Characterized by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as a pianist with “a biting rhythmic drive,” Acevedo carries multiple awards and achievements on his belt. Besides the fact that he previously performed as a soloist in orchestras locally and abroad, Acevedo is also the first prize winner of the 2004 National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) under Piano Category C. His July 25 show at the CCP is just one of the major performances he will deliver, performing in the past in countries like the US and China, so make sure to be there!

How to get to CCP: Follow the same instructions going to Aliw Theater but instead of alighting at Aliw Theater, ask the jeepney driver to drop you off at CCP.

6. Harana 10

When: July 25
Where: CCP
Ticket Prices:
PhP700 for Price Zone 5
PhP1,000 for Price Zone 4
PhP1,200 for Price Zone 3
PhP1,600 for Price Zone 2
PhP2,000 for Price Zone 1

theater shows Metro Manila July 2018

Harana will take its audience to a cultural journey showing the country’s rich musical evolution.

Image: Harana Facebook Page

Much like the Madrigal Singers, the Philippine Opera Company (POC) has also maintained a reputation for excellent performances since its formation in 1999. One of their most acknowledged shows is Harana (Serenade), a musical treat full of spectacular Filipino music, ranging from indigenous and pre-colonial to contemporary and fusion music. Harana celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and the anniversary celebration will be held on July 25. All proceeds of the show will go to the construction of the Opera Haus rehearsal hall.

How to get to CCP: Follow instructions that were given previously.

7. Music and Laughter

When: July 27, 2018, 8:00PM
Where: The Theatre at Solaire
Ticket Prices:
PhP800 for Zone D
PhP1,800 for Zone C
PhP2,800 for Premium Gold
PhP3,800 for Zone B
PhP4,800 for Zone A
PhP6,800 for VIP

theater shows Metro Manila July 2018

This will be the first collaboration of the two personalities.

Image: Ticketworld

What can you expect from a show called Music and Laughter? It’s easy enough to tell: the show will bring entertainment legends Willie Nepomuceno and Nonoy Zuniga together for a night of—you guessed it—music and laughter. Individually, the two are amusing on their own; Nepomuceno I known as an outstanding impersonator of famous personalities, while Zuniga is an OPM icon behind some of the country’s most unforgettable songs. While they shine in their own fields, together they are an undeniable dynamic duo that cannot be missed.

How to get to The Theatre at Solaire: Ride the MRT-3 and get off at Taft Avenue Station. Head down the southbound exit, ride a jeepney heading to SM Mall of Asia. From there, wait for Solaire’s free shuttle. The earliest trip is at 10:30AM.

8. The Merry Widow

When: Jul 28 & 29; 3:00PM and 8:00PM
Where: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
Ticket Prices:
Matinee Performance (3PM)
PhP100 for Price Zone 6
PhP200 for Price Zone 5
PhP400 for Price Zone 4
PhP800 for Price Zone 3
PhP1,000 for Price Zone 2
PhP1,500 for Price Zone 1

Evening Performance (6PM)
PhP125 for Price Zone 6
PhP250 for Price Zone 5
PhP500 for Price Zone 4
PhP1,000 for Price Zone 3
PhP1,500 for Price Zone 2
PhP2,000 for Price Zone 1

theater shows Metro Manila July 2018

Ballet Manila previously performed The Merry Widow last September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2017.

Image: Ticketworld

Ballet Manila will bring back their rendition of the classic German operetta of forbidden love, deceit, wealth, and power, The Merry Widow, back on stage. The Merry Widow is set in Paris, and it revolves around an affair which was viewed as unacceptable during the 1900s. The Ballet Manila ensemble will also perform, along with special guest artist Martin Buckzo from the Berlin Staatsopera.

How to get to CCP: Follow the instructions that were given previously.

9. Rockestra

When: June 29; 6:00PM
Where: The Theatre at Solaire
PhP500 Bronze B
PhP550 Bronze A
PhP800 Silver B
PhP900 Silver A
PhP1,000 Gold B
PhP1,200 Gold A
PhP1,800 Platinum

theater shows Metro Manila July 2018

Rockestra 2018 is conducted by Prof. Arturo Molina.

Image: Ticketworld

Rockestra is a symphony concert which has been running for years now. It is known for combining two musical genres—rock and classical. Although it might seem that these genres are an unlikely combination, the musicians behind the show make it work. In past concerts, the show has paired a popular rock band with the Manila Symphony Orchestra. This year, Silent Sanctuary will take on the part along with rock guitarist Noli Aurillo.

How to get to Solaire: Follow instructions that were previously given.

Tips for ticket purchasing and watching:

  • If you want to be updated on sudden changes and announcements regarding the event, monitor the Facebook page or the social media accounts of the event or the venue.
  • To avoid falling prey to scams, only purchase tickets from the official distributors or partners.
  • Check if the event offers discounts for students, senior citizens, and PWDs.
  • Observe the rules and regulation of the venue when it comes to what is allowed and prohibited.
  • Some venues and events do not allow children, so make sure to check first if you can bring your child. If kids are allowed, don’t forget to keep an eye on them during the event.
  • Adjust your travel time to account for traffic.
  • Want that parking space near the entrance? Try to arrive earlier at the venue.
  • To avoid theft, always keep an eye on your personal belongings.

Let us know in the comment sections below which show you are going to watch!
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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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