By Alice Hernandez Reyes


          Last weekend, I had the rare opportunity to catch not one, not two, but THREE  performances in three different venues.

          The first was Erik Santos’ 15th  anniversary concert at the MOA Arena on Saturday, September 22. It was a star-studded affair attended by Erik’s friends. The place was filled to the rafters with fans  of the celebrants and his guests:  Martin  Nievera, Jay-R ,  Inigo Pascual, Jaya, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Moira de la Torre, to name a few. Even Gary Valenciano and wife Angeli were there.


        The  second was “Sideshow” at the Carlos  P. Romulo auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati, the tale of Siamese twins who  long to be just like other girls , but are not, due to their physical  deformity. They are plucked out  of  the Sideshow they grew up in, by two enterprising  young men  and are taught to sing and dance, thus achieving the goal of fame and fortune.       

  •          Love, however, eludes both girls , butsuccess does not. In the end ,ironicallythe twins who long to be normal are cast in a film entitled “Freaks”  .


                I do not know the names of the members of the cast except for David Ezra, Aliw’s Best Actor in a Musical Production at last year’s awards night.  I DO k now that all of the members of the cast gave a brilliant  performance, especially the Siamese twins. Bravo!


          The third was the mind-blowing performance of 2002 Aliw Entertainer of the Year Lani Misalucha  who, with Morisette,  delighted the SRO audience at Solaire’s The Theatre  on September 23.

            “Lani/Morisette: A Musical Journey” was a great entertainment experience which left the audience in  awe .

               Lani displayed her varied talents, including her impersonations of other icons  and the wide range of her voice. The younger Morisette was not far behind.

                Kudos to director Carlos Orosa for an excellent job!

’ Ditto , Musical Director Louie Ocampo !  Congratulations, Solaire Resort  & Casino,

  for bringing world-class Filipino entertainers to The Theatre .