Thursday, January 24, 2013

RIVALRY The Ateneo-La Salle Musical: THE SECOND ROUND


4th Wall Theater Company’s “RIVALRY: Ateneo-La Salle the Musical” has returned for its second round in Meralco Theater. Fresh from winning Broadway World Philippines’ “Best Music for a Filipino Musical” this wonderful Filipino original with music by Ed Gatchalian, lyrics by Joel Trinidad and direction by Jaime del Mundo, is back with new songs, new cast members and a new found drive!

TicketWorld was lucky enough to be invited to the Press Preview on Wednesday, January 23 where the energy on stage and in the seats was equally captivating.


Set in 1968, at the peak of the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry, the NCAA backdrop was used to highlight the more complex plot of the lead characters’ lives. Director and writer Jaime Del Mundo, shared that he wants to highlight the more “universal themes” of love, family and friendship. The famous opposition is definitely at the surface of it all, but it is really about the “private competitions”, composer Ed Gatchalian – an Ateneo alumnus, explained. “It was all about how to get the girl”, he shared jokingly, but no doubt, with a hint of experience. The Lasallites had their charm and good looks, while the Ateneans had their wit and their prose. It seems as though there was always some form of battle, both on and off court.

So, for those of you expecting to witness a “sports musical” be prepared to be pleasantly surprised because RIVALRY is definitely more than that!

It is also not all about the boys! The two Men’s basketball teams are joined by the scene stealing Mary Knollers, whose various song numbers catch you up to how everything outside the La Salle and Ateneo campuses are going. These high energy ladies clad in their school girl uniforms, are definitely a show highlight, as this barkada of schoolmates feature actresses who are definitely no strangers to the stage.


One of RIVALRY’s wonderful assets, is that the Filipino audience is watching characters that they recognize (and in some cases even are), the merienda preparing mommy, the competitive Tito, the torpe friend, the tsismosa barkada, and even the adorable yaya (who makes a very quick yet quintessential appearance). There are giggles all throughout the audience when references to “Little Quiapo” and “Archers Nook” are dropped, and you know it’s a celebration when Tito offers to pay for the “pizza pie”. How great to sit, watch, and most importantly relate to the characters on stage who dress like us and talk like us. In all of his work, one of Ed Gatchalian’s main goals is to create a “theater going audience in the Philippines”, this industry is beginning to thrive and RIVALRY is definitely a step in the right direction. 

No matter how “Pinoy” the setting is, RIVALRY is definitely equipped with world class material, world class talent and the potential to be a hit both home and away. RIVALRY is definitely a wonderful addition to the collection of Filipino written and Filipino performed musicals and a true testament of the Filipino talent.

Congratulations to the amazing team of RIVALRY: Ateneo – La Salle the Musical and break a leg for the rest of your performances!

OTHER local productions to watch out for are D WONDER TWINS OF BOAC opening February 1 at the PETA Theater Center and KATY now playing at the CCP Little Theater.

Please catch “RIVALRY: Ateneo-La Salle the Musical” The Second Round. The game starts on January 25 and runs until February 17 at Meralco Theater. You can purchase your tickets online at , over the phone at 891-9999, or at any TicketWorld outlet.

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Check out these wonderful videos and meet the talented cast of RIVALRY: Ateneo-La Salle the Musical!

Rivalry The 2nd Round - The Actors Part One from Meynard Peñalosa on Vimeo.

Rivalry II - The Actors Part Two from Meynard Peñalosa on Vimeo.

Rivalry II - The Actors Part Three from Meynard Peñalosa on Vimeo.

Rivalry II - The Actors Part Four from Meynard Peñalosa on Vimeo.

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