Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical, a spectacle but not epic
It is a grand play set in the ’70s of a love story between two nations fighting for freedom, set in the Chinese venue called Binondo, Lily and Ah-Tiong romance spark going beyond culture, traditions, and distance.
It is impressive, from stage lighting design, costumes and of course the music, it’s the foremost we love in this play, the beautiful lyrics that explain the inner feelings of its performers conveyed thru music, and those big grand production numbers, we feel like transported back to the TV show RSVP that is choreographed by Nieras way back then.
Shiela Valderama and Arman Ferrer are very good in their characters, I salute them for doing their best, but it was Armand who really give it a shot in one step higher, his vocal prowess is a showcase here. And if there’s one who shines here even for a bit part is Lorenz Martinez, you can see how he gives justice to his ensemble performance that we wish he takes some a major role here.
It is enjoyable in terms of entertainment, the bed scene with ala-ballet or jazz dance interpretation while Carlos is singing, is one the thing we love watching in Binondo, and again the music is all great.
Binondo, A Musical return on stage only for four shows in The Theatre of Solaire last July 11, 12, 13 and 14.