NEWS + PRESS
On This Side of the World was selected for the prestigious National Alliance of Musical Theatre (NAMT) 32nd Festival of New Musicals, happening virtually in November 2020. It was one of eight shows selected from among 349 submissions. Check out OTSOTW's page on the NAMT site here.
PRESS RELEASE. "Amber Iman, Zachary Noah Piser, Vincent Rodriguez III and More Announced for 32nd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS." BroadwayWorld.com, October 15, 2020.
PRESS RELEASE. "NAMT Festival of New Musicals Announces 2020 Lineup." Dan Meyer, Playbill.com, September 10, 2020.
PRESS RELEASE. "National Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces Lineup for 32nd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS." BroadwayWorld.com, September 10, 2020.
PRESS RELEASE. "NAMT Announces 2020 Festival Lineup." AmericanTheatre.org, September 10, 2020.
This year's Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (#FPAC2020) featured "Stories Like Air", a song written by Paulo especially for Broadway Barkada to premiere at the virtual festival on October 23, 24 and 25, 2020. See the virtual performance here.
PRESS RELEASE. "Lea Salonga, Eva Noblezada, and More Broadway Stars Headline Online Filipino Festival." BroadwayWorld.com, October 17, 2020.
PRESS RELEASE. "Lea Salonga, Eva Noblezada, and More Broadway Stars Headline Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture; World Premiere of Paulo K. Tirol’s “Stories Like Air” Featuring Liz Casasola, Brian Jose, Steven Cuevas, Jaygee Macapugay, Devin Ilaw, Aaron Albano, Albert Guerzon, Emily Borromeo and Ali Ewoldt." Lia Chang in Backstage Pass with Lia Chang, October 23, 2020.
The essay "#BlackLivesMatter: A Filipino immigrant's perspective", written during the protests following the murder of George Floyd, was published in The FilAm, a magazine for Filipino-Americans in New York on June 4, 2020; and in Inquirer.net, the online counterpart of the Philippines' largest daily, on June 11, 2020. Read the essay here and here.
Bev's Girl Films released "The Language Lesson (The Kilig Song)", a musical short film featuring and based on the song of the same name from On This Side of the World. The film stars Jaygee Macapugay from the original cast of On This Side of the World, was directed by Garth Kravits. Read the BroadwayWorld.com press release from March 25, 2020 here.
On This Side of the World had a sold-out two-night concert reading produced by Prospect Theater Company as part of its IGNITE concert series at Greenwich House in NYC's West Village on February 3 and 4, 2020. Read the BroadwayWorld.com press release from January 8, 2020 here.
FEATURE. "Jersey City composer’s ‘On This Side of the World’ explores life through a Filipino frame." David Menzies, nj.com, January 30, 2020.
FEATURE. "Paulo Tiról musical is a ‘vibrant mosaic’ of the balikbayan experience." The FilAm, a magazine for Filipino-Americans in New York, January 20, 2020.
A number from Called with choreography by Victoria Casillo was presented at New York Theatre Barn's Choreography Lab at Pearl Studios in NYC on Monday, October 14, 2019. Read the BroadwayWorld.com press release from October 7, 2019 here.
Paulo had his off-Broadway debut as orchestrator of Ma-Yi Theater Company's Felix Starro, which ran at Theatre Row from August 23 to September 21, 2019. With book and lyrics by Jessica Hagedorn, music by Fabian Obispo, and direction by Ralph B. Peña, Felix Starro was the first musical by Filipino-Americans to hit off-Broadway. Read the Broadwayworld.com press release from July 1, 2019 here.
REVIEW. "...a well-orchestrated... score that mixes pop, rock, tango, and a kind of staccato, Sondheim-sounding musical theater." Jonathan Mandell, NewYorkTheatre.me, September 3, 2019
REVIEW. "The show [is] aided immeasurably by the pulsating orchestrations by Paulo K Tiról for the four-piece band..."
Ron Cohen, MusicalTheatreReview.com, September 6, 2019
Paulo was chosen for the 2019-20 class of Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellows, along with six other musical theatre writers and five playwrights. Beginning October 2019, Paulo will be developing Called with the help of guest artists, mentors, and his class of fellows over the course of his Fellowship. Read the Playbill.com press release from July 10, 2019 here.
"Angel Song", a new mini-minute musical with book, music and lyrics by Paulo, was one of eight new mini-musicals in Message in a Bottle, Prospect Theater Company's 2019 Musical Theater Lab on June 1 and 2, 2019 at The The A.R.T. / New York Theatres. "Angel Song" was performed by Joanna Carpenter, Sevan K. Greene and Patty Nieman; with direction by Dev Bondarin and music direction by Abel Garriga. Read the BroadwayWorld.com press release from May 31, 2019 here.
On This Side of the World had a sold out two-week run at Access Theater in downtown Manhattan from May 2 to 12, 2019. Read the BroadwayWorld press release about the production from April 10, 2019 here; and the BroadwayWorld Meet the Cast press release from May 3, 2019, with photos, by Lia Chang here.
REVIEW. “ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD is at once delightfully simple and unspeakably complex in what it accomplishes and aspires to. If taste and justice prevail, it should well prove itself to be a seminal work in the ever-developing story of the American musical.” Matt Blank, On Stage Blog, May 18, 2019
REVIEW. “BEST BET! ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD may play best with immigrant audiences, but the themes of separation, love, and perseverance are relatable even to those who have never set foot outside of their home country. Audiences won’t be able to stop cheering (when they’re not weeping) for this ambitious underdog of a show.” Maria Paz Alegre, Theatre is Easy, May 12, 2019
REVIEW. “Each of the show’s 17 numbers is an award-worthy performance in itself. That said, the sum of the show’s parts is no less than extraordinary... ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD may be Tiról’s love letter to the Filipino community, but the show’s universal themes will be related to and appreciated by all. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll want to sing along." Jed Ryan, Lavender After Dark, May 7, 2019
FEATURE. “ 'The Filipino immigrant story is one of courage, sacrifice, searching for identity, struggling to belong, and ultimately, redefining home—and come to think of it, isn’t that every person’s story?—and I am happy to be telling it. ' ” Momar Visaya, "Paulo Tirol’s ‘On This Side of the World’: From a school project to a full musical experience", Asian Journal, May 10, 2019
FEATURE. "For a long time, Tirol was reluctant to have his songs performed, assuming that these were stories no one was really interested in hearing. 'But my collaborator, director Noam Shapiro, who is not Filipino, believes in it so much and has pushed me to finish it and helped me present it. A staged reading was held earlier this year to test the material’s developments. People’s responses to it—Filipinos, Asians, non-Asians, immigrants, children of immigrants and people whose families have been here for generations, artists and non-artists alike—have convinced me that this is a piece worth sharing,' says Tirol." Walter Ang, "New Musical Captures Filipino Experience in the US", Inquirer.Net, April 26, 2019.
Paulo and director Noam Shapiro became 2018-19 Artists in Residence at Access Theater in downtown Manhattan, through which they would spend the next six months developing On This Side of the World in collaboration with other theatre artists. This residency culminated in the piece's first staged reading in February 2019. Read the BroadwayWorld press release from August 14, 2018 here.
The work of Paulo and lyricist Kathleen Wrinn was featured at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's (NAMT) 28th Annual Festival of New Musicals. Songs Paulo and Kathleen wrote at NYU, as well as a song from Paulo's song cycle On This Side of the World, were performed at the festival's Songwriters Cabaret held at New World Stages, NYC, on October 27, 2016. Read the BroadwayWorld press release from October 24, 2016 here.
VIDEO. "The State-Line Line Dance", lyrics by Kathleen Wrinn, music by Paulo K Tiról
VIDEO. "Predictable Patti", lyrics by Kathleen Wrinn, music by Paulo K Tiról
VIDEO. "On Your Side of the World" from On This Side of the World, lyrics and music by Paulo K Tiról