MANILA, DECEMBER 31, 2011 (STAR) [PHOTO - Lea Salonga and MiG Ayesa] It was a stellar year for Atlantis Productions, with critically acclaimed and award-winning hit productions of Next to Normal (which had two sold-out runs), Aida, In the Heights, and the smash hit Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

But Atlantis Productions promises an even more exciting 2012 with a new year round partnership with Metrobank.

In March, Atlantis brings back the Tony Award winning Broadway musical In the Heights.

The Manila run of In the Heights won the Aliw Award for Best Ensemble and the repeat run will feature the original Manila cast led by Nyoy Volante, who will reprise his critically acclaimed performance as Usnavi. Joining Nyoy in the joyous musical about friendship, family and the place we call home are K-La Rivera, Jackie Lou Blanco, Ima Castro, Calvin Millado, Tex Ordonez, Felix Rivera, Jimmy Marquez, Bibo Reyes and Jay Glorioso (who also won an Aliw Award for her performance as Abuela Claudia).

Directed by Bobby Garcia, the limited repeat run will also welcome In the Heights’ Tony Award-winning composer and star on Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda to Manila. Through a special arrangement with Delta Airlines, he will be present for the show’s opening night. The limited repeat run of In the Heights is from March 16 to 25, 2012 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati.

In June, Atlantis is proud to present the first internationally-licensed production of the Tony Award nominated musical Rock of Ages starring MiG Ayesa. Rock of Ages is a worldwide smash hit that features 28 classic rock hits including Don’t Stop Believin, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead or Alive and Here I Go Again. A celebration of classic ’80s rock culture, Rock of Ages tells the hilarious story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade. An awesomely good time where big hair meets big dreams.

Heading the cast of Rock of Ages is MiG Ayesa who will play the role of Stacee Jaxx, which he recently played on Broadway. Rock of Ages will also soon be a film starring Tom Cruise. Rock of Ages is directed by Chari Arespacochaga and runs from June 15 to July 8, 2012 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati.

In July, Atlantis proudly welcomes back Tony Award winner Lea Salonga to the Atlantis stage in the Tony Award winning comedy of “bad manners” God of Carnage. God of Carnage begins with two sets of parents meeting up to deal with the aftermath of a fight between their sons. What starts as a civilized discussion between grown adults about the importance of proper behavior soon devolves into a hysterical and very uncivilized session of tantrums, tears, and startling revelations. It won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. It will also star Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo.

This smart, viciously funny and dark new play by Yasmina Reza (Art) will be directed by Bobby Garcia. It is also now a film entitled God of Carnage starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Cristoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. The very limited Manila engagement of God of Carnage is from July 13 - 22, 2012 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. It will travel to Singapore later in the year in a co-production with The Singapore Repertory Theatre.

In September, Atlantis opens its doors to one of the most critically acclaimed and awarded musicals of all time — Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s Nine. Based on Italian director Federico Fellini’s comic masterpiece of biographical filmmaking, 8 1/2, Maury Yeston’s sultry and enchanting musical Nine follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini as he prepares his latest picture and balances the numerous women in his life. Nine won five Tony Awards including Best Musical in its original run on Broadway and then went on to win the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in the 2003 run on Broadway starring Antonio Banderas. The Manila production of Nine will star Jett Pangan as Guido Contini.

It will also feature a star-studded cast of women from the entertainment industry. Directed by Bobby Garcia, Nine will feature set design by Tony-Award winning scenic designer David Gallo (The Drowsy Chaperone) who currently has Memphis and The Mountaintop running on Broadway. Designing the costumes for Nine is New York-based Filipino designer Robin Tomas. Nine runs from Sept. 21 to Oct. 7, 2012 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium.

Ending the year, Atlantis presents Shrek the Musical. Join Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got this year’s must see new family musical comedy.

Featuring all new songs as well as the cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, Shrek the Musical brings the well loved characters to life, in a hilarious and spectacular new production based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. Directed by Chari Arespacochaga, Shrek the Musical runs from Nov. 16 to Dec. 9, 2012 at the Meralco Theatre.

A limited number of shows are also now available for show buying and fund raising opportunities with excellent returns on your investment. Atlantis’ 2012 Season has the perfect show to raise money for your organization, foundation or charity.

For show buying inquiries call Atlantis Productions at 892-7078 or 840-1187.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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