Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Premieres in Manila, 11/18

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID Premieres in Manila, 11/18
by Oliver Oliveros, BroadwayWorld.com

erik santos

Manila, Philippines, May 20, 2011 — Filipino theatergoers should feel extra grateful to Atlantis Productions (Next to Normal, Legally Blonde) for going the extra mile in bringing some of the most recent Broadway shows to the country — at the same time, for creating new audiences for contemporary theater.

Young, bold and enterprising Atlantis Productions wraps up its 2011 season with the Asian premiere of Disney’s stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid from November 18 to December 11 at the Meralco Theatre — This comes right on the heels of Atlantis Productions‘ own productions of Broadway’s smash musicals Next to Normal, Disney’s Aida and In The Heights.

Atlantis Productions‘ upcoming staging of the Disney franchise will deliver a slew of firsts:

  • This will be the first international production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Asia. The show opened on Broadway in 2008 and ran 685 regular performances and 50 preview performances.
  • The production will launch the musical theater debuts of mainstream recording and concert artists Rachelle Ann Go and Erik Santos. Go will play the little mermaid, Ariel; Santos will play Ariel’s one true love, Prince Eric.
  • This will be the first production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid that incorporates Asian elements into its virtual under the sea scenes. A majority of the cast members will play puppeteer-actors, who control wayang or shadow puppets , bunraku or traditional Japanese puppets and nang kaloung or Cambodian puppets, during certain parts of the show.

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Erik Santos on dating ex-gf Ruffa Mae Quinto

Erik Santos on dating ex-gf Ruffa Mae Quinto
Pinoy Showbiz , by Admin on 6:00 AM

erik santosERIK SANTOS tries musical theatre for the first time in “Little Mermaid” that runs at Meralco Theatre from November 18 to December 11, 2011. “I’m excited but nervous about it,” he says. “Actually, two years ago pa when Direk Bobby Garcia of Atlantis Productions offered me the role but I was scared to do it as I don’t have any theatre experience. But now, he said he won’t take no for an answer so I’ll do it, but I really want to prepare for it as this is different from just singing in a concert. I’ll have to take voice lessons for better voice placement and also some acting lessons in my role as the prince to Rachelle Ann Go’s Arielle. Also, magagaling kasing theatre performers ang co-stars namin, like Calvin Millado as King Triton and Jinky Llamanzares as Ursula the Witch, at ayokong mapahiya sa kanila.”

Directors Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga took an Asian Puppetry workshop in Hawaii for the sea creatures they’ll use in the play. “We are thrilled, once again, to bring another beloved Disney classic to the Philippine Stage. We are creating a Little Mermaid unlike any other. It will be an exciting fusion of East meets West elements. Our underwater kingdom will be completely Asian in theme and our above water world will be Western, representing two different worlds where East meets West. We will also be using traditional forms of Asian and Western puppetry including Wayang shadow play, bunraku, nang kaloung and western hand puppetry,” says the very talented Bobby Garcia whose Atlantis Productions is also mounting “Aida”, “In the Heights” and the repeat of “Next to Normal” this year.

Going back to Erik, is it true he was seen dating ex-GF Rufa Mae Quinto at Resorts World? “I accompanied her to a meeting there for her birthday concert. Wala naman sigurong masama roon as we’ve remained good friends kahit di na kami.”