Green Day’s American Idiot by 9 Works gets 10 nominations for 2016 Philstage Gawad Buhay awards


Green Day's American Idiot by 9 Works Theatrical Cast
Green Day's American Idiot by 9 Works Theatrical Cast

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine production of Green Day’s American Idiot led by Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical is nominated for 10 categories for this year’s 2016 Philstage Gawad Buhay midyear citations. On its 9th year, Gawad Buhay is the only award giving body for the performing arts.

The high-octane musical is one of the top theatrical plays nominated in major categories including Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical; Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical by Robbie Guevara; Outstanding Musical Direction by Daniel Bartolome and Onyl Torres; Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical by PJ Rebullida; Outstanding Costume Design by Mickey Hirai; Outstanding Set Design by Mio Infante; Male Lead Performance in a Musical for Nel Gomez; Female Featured Performance in a Musical for Yannah Laurel and Ela Lisondra; and the only citation for Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical.

“We are proud of these recognitions for our 1st Globe LIVE production together with 9 Works Theatrical. This further validates Globe LIVE’s vision of being able to mount productions at par with world-class shows. This is only the beginning for Globe LIVE, and Filipinos can expect even better acts and live events at our one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, “says Globe Stores and Retail Transformation Head, Joe Caliro.

Held last July 2016 at the new Globe Iconic store entertainment zone, Green Day’s American Idiot ran for nine successful shows with its unique open-air setup, making it the biggest and only outdoor theatrical play in the Philippines.

The musical’s story is a journey of three young men as they face the harsh realities of the world around them – a symbolic post-9/11 America – where they must face the challenges of love, teen pregnancy, war, drugs, and loss. The musical brought the incredibly biting and riveting music of Green Day that features a surprisingly profound understanding of the pains and frustrations of today’s youth.

Gawad Buhay’s independent panel of critics, scholars, artists and theater enthusiasts concluded the midyear citations based on various artistic and technical aspects of the nominated productions. Productions and performances are honored in a quarterly basis, all by members of the jury that watched all productions of Philstage member-companies for the entire year.

The prestigious organization reviewed more than 10 acts for the first half of the year including popular local plays such as 3 Stars and a Sun and Almost Maine.

Philstage is an organization of professional performing arts companies in the Philippines. Its members include 9 Works Theatrical, Actor’s Actors Inc., Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Full House Theater Company (Resorts World Manila), Gantimpala Theater Foundation, PETA, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Philippine Opera Company, Repertory Philippines, Red Turnip Theater, Stages, Tanghalang Pilipino and Trumpets.

This coming holiday season, Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical is set to deliver their next musical A Christmas Carol, which will be about the timeless story of true meaning of giving.


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