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The Two Marias are Coming to Town

Filipino theater fans, brace yourselves, the two Marias of Broadway are coming to Manila. West Side Story, a modern day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s timeless classic Romeo and Juliet, opens on August 10, while Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved classic The Sound of Music opens on September 27. Both plays will be staged at The Theater at Solaire Resort and Casino.

Set in 1950’s Manhattan, West Side Story tells the story of Tony and Maria, two people who come from two different backgrounds, and two rival gangs, namely the Jets and the Sharks. Tony is co-founder of the Jets, while Maria is the sister of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks. Very Montague and Capulet, don’t you think? The two fall in love which creates even more tension and conflict between the two gangs.

The Sound of Music tells the story of Maria and the von Trapp family. It is set in 1930’s Austria, and is based on the memoir by Maria von Trapp titled The Story of the von Trapp Family Singers (1949). Maria is hired by Captain von Trapp, as governess, to care for his seven children. Maria struggles at first, as the captain’s manner of raising his children goes against everything Maria believes in. But Maria’s honesty, simplicity, and charisma are so endearing that the captain eventually falls in love and marries her. The von Trapp family flees Austria for Switzerland, after the Aunschluss, the German annexation of Austria, to seek asylum.

West Side Story opens 10 August 

Tuesday – 8:00PM
Wednesday – 8:00PM
Thursday – 8:00PM
Friday – 8:00PM
Saturday – 3:00PM and 8:00PM
Sunday – 3:00PM and 8:00PM

The Sound of Music runs September 27 to October 15

Tuesday – 8:00PM
Wednesday – 8:00PM
Thursday – 8:00PM
Friday – 8:00PM
Saturday – 3:00PM and 8:00PM
Sunday – 3:00PM and 8:00PM

The Theatre at Solaire
Solaire Resort & Casino
1 Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City,
Paranaque, Philippines

 

 

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