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Filipino theatre group Tanghalang Overseas Pinoy (TOPi) enthralled lovers of musical plays with a rich repertoire of songs from well-known musicals during a free concert last night at Grand Ballroom of Gondolania in Villaggio Mall.
The show titled “FUSION – A Musical Celebration” served as a promotional concert for TOPi’s upcoming show “Scenes from the Stage: A Tribute to Original Filipino Musicals” which will be held at Rotana, City Centre on September 2. Presenting a wide array of songs from Broadway to Disney to Original Filipino musicals, the concert was a stunning display of versatile talent of the 22-member ensemble which is the only Filipino thespian group in Qatar.
“This is a fun and enchanting musical evening filled with songs that have captivated our hearts, performed by members of TOPi who all have great passion for the performing arts and with high regard for community service,” said TOPi President Bryan Ricafrente.
The group staged excerpts from a number of Broadway-hit musicals including Jekyll & Hyde, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Dreamgirls, Rent, All Shook Up, Bombshell, and The Boyz from Oz.
A collection of popular songs from Disney movie musicals including “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King”, “I see the Light” from “Tangled”, “Love is an Open Door” from “Frozen” and “Evermore” from the most recent live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” entertained young audiences and the young at heart who thronged to see the show.
It was also a celebration of original Filipino musical plays as the group performed songs from “Alikabok” , “Katy! The Musical”, “Magsimula Ka” and “Noli Me Tangere” which provided the audience a taste of what to expect in TOPi’s forthcoming concert next month.
“Scenes from the Stage”, which falls on Eid Al Adha, will bring a slice of Filipino entertainment through four famous musicals penned by acclaimed Filipino lyricists and musicians. They include “Katy,” “Magsimula Ka,” “Kenkoy Loves Rosing” and “Alikabok” which have been well-applauded by Filipino theatre lovers for decades.
TOPi is a non-profit organization composed of Overseas Filipino Workers in Qatar who take great interest in theater arts. The group was established and accredited by the Philippine Embassy in Doha 12 years ago. Since then, TOPi has been presenting shows comprising mostly Filipino musicals to bring Filipinos in Qatar closer to their country as well as extend help to the needy.
Next month’s concert, which is organised in cooperation with United Filipino Organisations in Qatar and Alliance of Filipino Journalists in Qatar and supported by the Philippine Embassy, will help a number of projects of Philippine Overseas Labour Office and UFOQ.