My friend Maf got us free tickets to see Repertory Philippines' "Little Women the Musical" last Sunday, but sadly missed it herself. Her daughter (my goddaughter) Antonella was hospitalized on that day so she couldn't make it (little Antonella is getting better now, we continue to pray for her full recovery). Five of us went: Mark, Marguerite, Chip, Cheska and myself. Maf works with a niece of Joy Virata ("Aunt March" in the play) whose husband, former Prime Minister Cesar Virata (yes, there was a time when the Philippines had a parliamentary form of government), turned 80 last Sunday and to celebrate, had agreed to sponsor that night's show. Thanks to his generosity, Marguerite finally got to see her first live musical (I thought it would be Cats, esp since she loves the songs, but oh well, that rolled right over us...). We sang "Happy Birthday" to him after the curtain call. I tried to stay in tune and on pitch since Gerard Salonga's Filharmonika was accompanying the singing, lol.
As for the play, it was wonderful. It had great comedic merit. The singing, on the whole, was great (not perfect, but we're talking about live theater here). It was long though (3 hours) and my four-year-old got antsy a couple of times. Marguerite was probably one of the five or six kids in the audience, and she was the youngest. She wanted to watch, but she wouldn't just sit still and be quiet, so Mark and I took turns bringing her outside (just one trip each - and we sat by the wall aisle) so she could get the fidgets out of her system. She did say she wanted to see it again when it was over.