VerJube Photographics introduces #VJPMusicRoll – a monthly round-up of selected major news surrounding the OPM music circle and other relevant updates and developments in worldwide music.


For our first release, we are tackling about a Filipino stage and singing icon set to make her Broadway comeback, a highly promising stage actress and singer making waves in London’s West End, a Korean-American songwriter/singer lending her voice for Studio Ghibli, anniversary concert celebration from Asia’s Premiere Vocal Ensemble, a bossa nova happy ending, and the newest songs to get addicted to from PhilPop 2015’s top 12.

  • Lea Salonga joins George Takei’s ‘Allegiance’ Broadway debut
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George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung

Tony Award winner Lea Salonga is set to make her Broadway comeback in 12 years with the Broadway debut of a new American musical called “Allegiance,” based on George Takei’s (Star Trek and Heroes TV series) real life experience during the World War II Japanese American internment.

Salonga will be reprising her role as Kei Kimura from the original staging of Allegiance in 2012 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Allegiance tells the extraordinary journey of Sam and Kei Kimura as they fight for their family despite their conflicting loyalties.

The rest of the cast includes George Takei (Sam Kimura), Telly Leung (young Sam), Katie Rose Clarke (Hannah Campbell), Michael Lee (Frankie Suzuki), Christopheren Nomura (Tatsuo Kimura), and Greg Watanabe (Mike Masaoka). Previews start October 6 and opening night on November 8 this year.

Watch this video, Allegiance: A New Musical – The Making of Gaman, courtesy of m4giceyetr1x.

  •  Korean-American sings for Studio Ghibli’s latest film ‘When Marnie Was There’
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“Marnie Was There” official poster

Korean-American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Priscilla Ahn sings the theme song “Fine on the Outside” for “When Marnie Was There,” Studio Ghibli’s latest masterpiece and an adaptation of the novel by Joan Robinson. The song is written by Ahn, who is also a Ghibli fan in 2005 but never released it until she submitted the song to Ghibli after hearing about the film adaptation.

Ahn also wrote and performed the songs on “Just Know That I Love You,” released July 2014 – a special album inspired by and written for the Ghibli film including Fine on the Outside with nine more songs: “Deep Inside My Heart, “Pretty Dress,” “I See You,” “Marnie,” “This Old House,” “With You,” “You’re a Star,” “Waltzing Memories,” and “I Am Not Alone.”

“Marnie Was There” OST album cover

Studio Ghibli also released When Marnie Was There Soundtrack Music Collection by Takatsugu Muramatsu, a two-disc soundtrack and image song album featuring music composed to convey the characters’ personalities and atmosphere of the film on the first disc and the film’s background music on the second disc. All albums are available for download on iTunes.

Official trailer below courtesy of MOVIECLIPS Trailers.

Listen to the full song, video by xokamdxo.

  • Rachelle Ann Go is the newest ‘Les Miserables’ Fantine
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Rachelle Ann Go

After making waves at the West End revival of “Miss Saigon” as Gigi Van Tranh, being named best supporting actress by the WhatsOnStage Awards in London for her performance, and singing “A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes,” one of the theme songs of the latest live-action “Cinderella” adaptation; Rachelle Ann Go takes on another iconic character as Fantine in “Les Miserables.”

Go is joined by Peter Lockyer, Rob Houchen, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Jeremy Secomb, Phil Daniels, Katy Secombe, Zoe Doano, and Bradley Jaden in the 30th anniversary staging of Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, London starting June 15th.

Fantine is a factory worker, struggling and desperate for money that eventually drove her to a life of prostitution to support her illegitimate child Cosette. Les Miserables is the world’s longest-running musical and based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 French novel.

Check out this video taken at Miss Rachelle: The Send-Off Concert as she sings Broadway Medley (I Dreamed A Dream/On My Own/Memory/Defying Gravity). Video by Iris May Azcarraga.

  • The CompanY celebrates 30 years in substance and style
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The Company celebrates 30 years!

“Asia’s Premiere Vocal Ensemble” The CompanY marked their 30th anniversary celebration with a big concert at the Theatre of Solaire. It was a culmination of The CompanY’s outstanding dedication and contribution to Filipino music.

The long-running vocal group composed of Moy Ortiz (tenor/bass), Annie Quintos (soprano/alto), Cecile Bautista (alto), Sweet Plantado (soprano), and newest member Oj Mariano (tenor) performed their hits and covers alongside other renowned names in the industry such as Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Regine Velasquez, Aiza Seguerra, Bituin Escalante, Aicelle Santos, Christian Bautista, Franco Laurel, and Myke Salomon with comedian/stage actor Jon Santos, G-force and Manouvers.

The group was formed in 1985 at the Ateneo College Glee Club, initially as back up vocalists before turning into professionals. They’re also known for their exquisite multi-genre talents; exploring jazz, R&B, novelty, Latin, alternative pop, contemporary acapella, musical theatre, and folk among others.

Check out their latest single and music video, Manila, directed by Tonipet Ongpauco Gaba. Video courtesy of Moy Ortiz.

  • Bossa Nova Queen Sitti marries non-showbiz boyfriend in Baguio
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Official wedding hashtag: #bikerxbossa

It’s a happy ending for bossa nova singer Sitti Navarro as she recently married non-showbiz boyfriend Joey Ramirez in an intimate ceremony at the Baguio Country Club. Joey Ramirez is a triathlete and president of a concept store that caters to bikers called Specialized.

Sitti is a dashing bride in her Vania Romoff dress, combined with the stylist accents of white umbrellas that adorned the venue during a slight drizzle, and surrounded by the romantic charm of the pine trees – it was purely picture-perfect.

Among those who attended were celebrity friends of the bride such as Richard Poon, Kean Cipriano, Nyoy Volante, Aiza Seguerra, Boy Abunda, Gary Valenciano, and Martin Nievera. It was indeed a night of happiness and music as celebrity guests of the couple performed some songs for the newlyweds, as well as a special duet from Mr. and Mrs. Joey Ramirez.

Prenup Photos • Wedding Photos
Official photos courtesy of Cherryblocks.Com

Wedding videos by Jason Magbanua:

  • PhilPop announces Top 12 finalists and interpreters
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PhilPOP 2015 interpreters revealed

PhilPop’s new batch of finalists is an exciting mix of seasoned and up-coming OPM composers, bringing back some of the names from previous seasons of PhilPop such as Davey Langit, Soc Villanueva and 2013 Grand Winner Thyro and Yumi as they brighten the OPM circle once again with their newest masterworks on classic ballads, commercial pop and inspirational songs.

Watch the complete top 12 finalist with their official lyric video courtesy of vivamusicgroup1.

1. “Apat na Buwang Pasko”
Written by Gino Cruz & Jeff Garcia
Interpreted by Jon Santos

2. “Edge of the World”
Written by Johannes Garcia
Interpreted by Josh Padilla & Yassi Pressman

3. “For the Rest of My Life”
Written by Ned Esguerra
Interpreted by Side A

4. “I Owe You My Heart”
Written by Melvin Morallos
Interpreted by Anja Aguilar

5. “Kilig”
Written by Soc Villanueva
Interpreted by Jinky Vidal

6. “Musikaw”
Written by MJ Magno
Interpreted by James Reid feat. Pio

7. “Nasaan”
Written by Lara Maigue
Interpreted by Lara Maigue

8. “Paratingin Mo Na Sya”
Written by Davey Langit
Interpreted by Davey Langit

9. “Sa Ibang Mundo”
Written by Mark Villar
Interpreted by Kean Cipriano & Nadine Lustre

10. “Tanging Pag-asa Ko”
Written by Paul Armesin
Interpreted by The CompanY

11. “Triangulo”
Written by Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana
Interpreted by with Jeric Medina

12. “Walang Hanggan”
Written by Ramiru Mataro
Interpreted by Donnalyn Bartolome

Now on its 4th year, PhilPop Music Festival continues to give OPM composers an avenue to showcase their music and to spark renewed awareness and enthusiasm in Original Pilipino Music which is our country’s pride.

The official PhilPop interpreters were presented in a press conference with the launching of the official PhilPop 2015 album produced and distributed by Viva Records. Here’s a link to the PhilPop 2015 playlist. ‪#‎PhilpopxViva ‪#‎LoudxProud

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