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Carla Guevara Laforteza, Shiela Valderrama, Tanya Manalang Headline CCP’s Triple Threats Concert Series

Carla Guevara Laforteza, Shiela Valderrama, Tanya Manalang Headline CCP’s Triple Threats Concert Series

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CCP’s Triple Threats Concert Series returns in 2024, this time putting the spotlight on three leading ladies in Philippine musical theater: Carla Guevara Laforteza, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, and Tanya Manalang-Atadero.

TRIPLE THREATS: The Leading Men and Women of Philippine Musical Theater is a series of solo concerts featuring the stalwarts of Philippine Musical Theater. Each concert offers an intimate experience, showcasing a curated selection of music chosen by the artists themselves. Their repertoire spans favorite songs from Broadway, the West End, original Filipino musicals, and iconic movies.

Dubbed a series of “concept concerts,” each performance weaves a unique narrative driven by the artists’ song choices. This format provides a rare opportunity for the audience to discover new dimensions of these acclaimed theater, television, and film performers. In theater parlance, a “triple threat” is an artist who can sing, act and dance.

The first concert, entitled A la Carlotta, features Carla Guevara Laforteza, under the musical direction of Gerard Salonga. This concert will be directed by Paolo Valenciano, with a script by Joel Trinidad and production design by Mio Infante.

Carla Guevara Laforteza

Carla Guevara Laforteza as The Lady of the Lake in Upstart Productions’ staging of Monty Python’s Spamalot

Celebrating her 30th year in the industry, Guevara Laforteza is a celebrated Filipino musical theater actress known for her versatile performances in both local and international productions. She is currently playing the role of Rose/Edith in PETA’s One More Chance, The Musical. Just last year, she played the role of the Queen in REP’s staging of Snow White and the Prince, and as Doña Victorina in Tanghalang Una Obra’s Ibarra.

Guevara Laforteza will be joined by the Filharmonika Orchestra in this concert. A la Carlotta will run on July 25, 7:30 PM at the CCP Black Box Theater.

The second concert, still untitled as of this writing, features Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, also an acclaimed Filipino musical theater actress with an extensive career in theater. She was last seen as Sita in Alice Reyes Dance Philippines’ production of Rama, Hari just this past February. In 2019, she played Fosca in the Philippine Opera Company’s production of Passion, and Dani’s mother in The Sandbox Collective’s performance of Dani Girl.

Shiela Valderrama-Martinez

Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Sita in ARDP’s Rama, Hari; Photo Credit: Jojo Mamangun

Her concert is directed by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, with musical direction by Rony Fortich, and a script by Luna Griño-Inocian. It will run on October 17, 7:30 PM at the CCP Black Box Theater.

The third concert, also still untitled as of this writing, features Tanya Manalang-Atadero, a talented Filipino musical theater actress celebrated for her dynamic stage presence and powerful vocals. Just last year, Manalang-Atadero was seen as Nina in Upstart Productions’ Breakups and Breakdowns and as Susan in 9 Works Theatrical’s staging of tick, tick, BOOM! In 2019, she reprised her role as Young Joy in Full House Theater Company’s Ang Huling El Bimbo, a role she originated in 2018.

Tanya Manalang-Atadero

Tanya Manalang-Atadero as Young Joy in Full House Theater Company’s Ang Huling El Bimbo

Manalang-Atadero’s concert will run on December 12, 7:30 PM at the CCP Black Box Theater.

Tickets to the concerts are priced at P1,500 and P1,000. Tickets to Guevara Laforteza’s concert are already sold out, while tickets to Valderrama-Martinez and Manalang-Atadero’s concerts will be available through the CCP Box Office and Ticketworld soon.

 

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