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M Butterfly goes to Visayas and Mindanao

 From Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao, M. BUTTERFLY is flying thru a National Tour 2019 to reach major cities namely Iloilo, Dumaguete, Cebu, Davao, Manila and Baguio.  Headed by Tony and Grammy award winning producer Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment, the M. BUTTERFLY national tour was a chance for those to Cities to see this world class production after its Manila run in 2018.

This revival production of David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY is the winner of the 2018 ALIW AWARDS for Best Play, Best Actor and Best Director. It was also nominated for two Best Featured Actresses in a Play and Best Ensemble. M. Butterfly originally premiered on Broadway in 1998 and won 3 Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Feature Actor and Best Director.

RS FRANCISCO, the 2018 Aliw Awards Best Actor for M. Butterfly shall reprise his iconic portrayal of Song Liling, the Chinese opera singer, he first portray it 1990 for Dulaang UP, opposite veteran actor, writer and critic Behn Cervantes.  

Through the years, RS Francisco’s theater credits in numerous productions and variety of roles continued to hone his craft as a compleat artist. In films, his most recent awards include the SINAG MAYNILA Best Actor, the STAR AWARDS Movie Actor of the Year and the SUBIC BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Actor.

M Butterfly is a story of Rene Gallimard a member of the French embassy in China, he meets and falls in love with Chinese opera star Song Liling, a woman whom he considers to be the embodiment of the perfect woman, Madame Butterfly. But when West meets East, everything is not what it seems….

It is intended for young audiences between ages 18 and beyond, producers are hoping that this classic drama, inspired by Giaccomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly’, will likewise resonate to theater audiences all over the Philippine Archipelago “love, power and deception holds no boundaries – whether this be in a rural or urban setting.”

Joining the  M. Butterfly National Tour 2019,  are young actor AIRA IGARTA will step into the role of Song Liling as alternate in certain performances, French actor OLIVIER BORTEN shall essay the role of Rene Gallimard, Philippine theater royalty JENINE DESIDERIO will portray Gallimard’s wife – Helga.
After 25 years of stage acting experience in the United Kingdom, Scottish NORM MCLEOD, Trilingual American actor LEE O’BRIAN will once more personify Marc, the sexually unapologetic best friend of Gallimard.

Other cast includes MAYEN ESTAÑERO, MAYA ENCILA,  Rising soprano star JASMIN SALVO will be the new Opera Singer for the national tour, PHEITH IENA BALLUG, ULLYSES BASA, SASA CABALQUINTO, FRANCO FERRER and JOHN PAUL ORTENERO.

The artistic team of M. Butterfly are as follows: Jhett Tolentino and RS Francisco (Producers), Ohm David (Set), Eric Pineda (Costume), John Batalla (Lighting), Jethro Joaquin (Sound), Joed Balsamo (Music) and Carissa Adea (Choreography).

The M. BUTTERFLY NATIONAL TOUR 2019 will benefit 10 charitable institutions namely: Iloilo Prima Galaw, Philippine National Red Cross Iloilo Chapter, The Children of Cebu Foundation, Silliman University Culture and Arts Council, the Arts Council of Cebu Foundation, Love the Children Foundation, House of Hope Foundation, Halfway Home for the Boys and St. Louis University Culture and Arts Center.
PLAYDATES:
ILOILO CITY
VENUE: SM City Iloilo Cinema 6
Feb. 14 - Thursday - Opening Night - 7pm
Feb. 15 - Friday - 2pm / 7pm
Feb. 16 - Saturday - 2pm / 7pm
Feb. 17 - Sunday - 2pm / 7pm

DUMAGUETE CITY
VENUE: Luce Auditorium, Silliman University
Feb. 28 - Thursday - Opening Night - 7pm
Mar. 01 - Friday - 7pm
Mar. 02 - Saturday - 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 03 - Sunday - 2pm / 7pm

CEBU CITY
VENUE : SM Seaside City Centerstage
Mar. 14 - Thursday - Opening Night - 7pm
Mar. 15 - Friday - 7pm
Mar. 16 - Saturday - 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 17 - Sunday - 2pm / 7pm

DAVAO CITY
VENUE: SM Lanang Premier Cinema 6
Mar. 28 - Thursday - Opening Night - 7pm
Mar. 29 - Friday - 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 30 - Saturday - 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 31 - Sunday - 2pm / 7pm

MANILA
VENUE: Maybank Performing Arts Theater
May 8 - Wednesday - Opening Night – 8pm
May 9    - Thursday - 8pm             
May 10 - Friday - 8pm
May 11 - Saturday - 2pm / 8pm
May 12 - Sunday - 2pm / 8pm
May 15 – Wednesday – 8pm
May 16 – Thursday – 8pm
May 17 – Friday – 8pm
May 18 – Saturday – 2pm / 8pm
May 19 – Sunday – 2pm / 8pm

BAGUIO CITY
VENUE: St. Louis University
May 30 - Thursday - Opening Night 7pm
May 31 - Friday – 7pm
Jun. 1 - Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Jun. 2 - Sunday – 2pm / 7pm

Ticket merchants per area:
ILOILO, DAVAO, CEBU, BAGUIO - SM Tickets  at any SM Mall nationwide or online at SMTickets.com

DUMAGUETE – Culture and Arts Council Office, Silliman University through contact nos. (035) 422-4365, (0917) 300-0346, (0999) 797-7825

MANILA - TicketWorld through contact no. (02) 891-9999 or ticketworld.com
The ticket prices vary per city between P500 to P2,000 plus taxes and fees.
Check out M. Butterfly at the following social media:
Facebook: /MButterflyPH
Twitter: @MButterflyPH
Instagram:@MButterflyPH
YouTube: MButterflyPH
For further inquiries, please contact JHETT TOLENTINO at (0906) 576-6914.

Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha

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