Must-See Events This August 2017

Arts & Culture

August 3, 2017 | BY Philippine Tatler

The month of August brings exciting concerts, plays, and events to look forward to despite the rainy weather

Ariana Grande | August 21


The show must go on for Ariana Grande, who is set to push through with her Dangerous Woman Tour in Manila months after the terror attack that happened during her Manchester concert. This time, Filipino Arianators can expect the pop star to be more empowered and energised as she performs hits from her most recent release such as “Dangerous Woman,” “Into You,” “Side to Side,” “Let Me Love You,” “Moonlight,” and more.

The 24-year-old singer started with a role on Broadway followed by a television sitcom. Later, she pursued a musical career which catapulted her further into fame. She has released four albums since: Yours Truly, My Everything, Christmas & Chill, and her latest, Dangerous Woman. She has been honoured with three American Music Awards, an MTV Music Award, and three Grammy nominations. Catch Ariana Grande on 21 August at the Mall of Asia Arena.

West Side Story | August 10 to 27


Tony and Maria’s love story takes centre stage once more as the internationally acclaimed West Side Story tours Manila for the first time. Set in New York, the ’50s musical depicts a gang war between Jets and Sharks reminiscent of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Featuring an American cast—some of whom are Broadway veterans—the musical West Side Story stars Kevin Hack as Tony and Jenna Burns as Maria, choreography by Jerome Robbins, score by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the book by Arthur Laurents. West Side Story runs from 10 to 27 August at The Theatre at Solaire.

Liam Gallagher | August 14


Liam Gallagher, former frontman of British pop rock band Oasis, arrives in Manila for the first time to perform his recently released debut solo single “Wall of Glass,” Oasis classics, and more. Liam Gallagher Live in Manila happens on 14 August at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Celeste | August 5

poster_celeste.jpgSinger Celeste Legaspi takes us back to the ’70s and ’80s in this concert featuring Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and The Company.

Scout Music Fest | August 5


Indie singers and bands come together for a night of music; with performances from BP Valenzuela, Autotelic, Jensen & the Flips, IV of Spades, and more. At Samsung Hall, Taguig City.

Beauty and the Beast | August 12

beauty.jpgRepertory Philippines presents a musical adaptation of the classic children’s tale. Musical runs until 22 October at Onstage Theatre, Makati City.

Phoenix On Tour | August 15


The French indie rock band makes its way back to Manila for another round of live performances of their hits “1901,” “Consolation Prizes,” “Lisztomania,” and more. At Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City.

In The Mix 2017 | August 17


Watch 5 Seconds of Summer, Zara Larsson, Two Door Cinema Club, DNCE, Daya, and Dua Lipa as they share the stage in this concert. At Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.

All Time Low: The Young Renegades | August 22


Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Rian Dawson, and Zack Merrick return to Manila to perform the songs from their latest album, Last Young Renegades including “Good Times,” “Life of the Party,” and more. At the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.

Sarah Geronimo: The Great Unknown | August 25

maxresdefault.jpgFollowing successful concert tours in various cities, the Pop Princess takes her awe-inspiring stage to the City of Love to promote her latest album. At Iloilo Convention Centre, Iloilo City.

Ibong Adarna | August 26

ADARNA-125.jpgThe 22nd Season: Flights of Fantasy starts off with a performance of a Filipino classic featuring Gia Macuja Atchison as the singing Ibong Adarna. Performance runs until 3 September at Aliw Theatre, Pasay City.

"Ang Katatawanan ng Kalituhan" | August 26

14052659_655690657929188_1928862552_n.jpgDulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas performs a Filipino translation of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors by Guelan Varela-Luarca. Play runs until 11 September at Wilfredo Ma Guerrero Theatre, Quezon City

Michael Learns to Rock Live in Manila | August 31


The Danish trio, composed of Jascha Richter, Kare Wanscher, and Mikkel Lentz, known for chart-topping hits such as “25 Minutes,” “Paint My Love,” “Out of the Blue,” “The Actor,” and more, make their way back to our shores to rock with Manila fans in this solo concert. At KIA Theatre, Quezon City