"The Great Christmas Cookie Bake-Off!" is a Must-watch for Theater Fans
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“The Great Christmas Cookie Bake-Off!” is a Must-watch for Theater Fans

“The Great Christmas Cookie Bake-Off!” is a Must-watch for Theater Fans

Entertainment | November 9, 2021
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Cookies, musical theater, and the magic of Christmas. Expect all these and more in Repertory Philippines’ latest show—streaming exclusively at Broadway on Demand.

Who doesn’t love cookies? Sweet and at times crunchy or chewy (depending on your preference), these cookies can be enjoyed in so many ways and flavors. What’s more, there are so many options to choose from—be it classics like chocolate chip, quirky flavors like red velvet, or festive cookies like Snickerdoodle and gingerbread, to name a few.

While eating cookies is a joy, baking them can be just as fun. And that is exactly what The Great Christmas Cookie Bake-off! is all about.

Cookies, Christmas, and Cheer

With the first REP Theatre for Young Audiences (RTYA) production in two years, Repertory Philippines (REP) ushers in the holidays with The Great Christmas Cookie Bake-off!—a family-friendly musical that celebrates the holidays with the magic of Christmas, cookies, and musical theater… all in one!

And the best part? It’s available for streaming online—exclusively on Broadway on Demand—from November 12 to December 12, 2021.

Created by Broadway musical director Rick Hip-Flores, The Great Christmas Bake-off! follows the story of 8 young cookie chefs from all over the country—each with their own quirky personalities and backstories. With their eyes on the prize, these contestants are set to battle it out for first prize at the Cookie Coliseum.

But that’s not all there is to it. Over the course of the competition, these feelings of intense rivalry give way to virtues of family, charity, and forgiveness, as these chefs learn about the true magic of Christmas and what really makes a winning Christmas recipe. It’s truly a must-watch for kids—filled with life lessons, songs, holiday cheer, and tons of cookies.

Getting to Know the Bakers

“I wrote the show just about a year ago when I felt like we needed a little bit of joy in our lives. I figured that the combination of Christmas and cookies and baking competitions and musical theater would be the perfect recipe for a truly joyful theatrical experience,” says Flores, when asked about his motivations behind writing the musical.

Thus, with some minor changes to the characters’ names, to make it appeal more to the Filipino audience, The Great Christmas Cookie Bake-off! stars:

  • Becca Coates as Patty Mañosa, a beautiful sensitive soul who longs for her Grandma’s cookies
  • Tim Pavino as Javi Carreon, a video game buff who feels out of place in the kitchen but whose heart is definitely in the right place
  • Jep Go as Gabe Gomez, a bully who’s more than happy to bend the rules
  • Jillian Ita-as as Anna Santos, the perfect overachiever
  • Luigi Quesada as Julian Zamora, a culinary artiste with a talent for fine cuisine
  • Justine Narciso as Amy Garcia, a Disney devotee who’s slightly scattered in the kitchen but super adorable just the same
  • Steven Hotchkiss as Josh Bernardo, a science enthusiast who knows his formulas
  • Rachel Coates as Samantha Lopez, a fun and fabulous social media fanatic who loves the spotlight

Much-Anticipated Cast Members

Moreover, REP and theater veterans will be joining in this musical. Taking on multiple roles, Carla Guevara-Laforteza will be playing the stylish Isabel Guevara—a food fashionista with a high sense of aesthetic and one of the judges of the bake off—as Anna’s mom, a helicopter parent, and Patty’s quirky-loving grandma, too!

And spoiler alert: Carla gleefully shares that actress Sophia Vergara’s vivacious personality and accent is the inspiration behind Isabel Guevara’s character.

On the other hand, Arnel Carrion will also take part in the show. He will be playing a double role as Michael Holmes—the meanest guy in the food industry and in the Cookie Coliseum, as well as Gabe’s dad, who is a bigwig TV exec who wants his son to win at all costs.

Meanwhile, Jaime Wilson will be playing pop singer and celebrity guest judge Del Ray, who has never baked but can certainly lay down some tasty grooves! And finally, Hans Eckstein plays Larry—the faithful host, and announcer of the competition.  

Musical Theater… Right at Home!

The Great Christmas Cookie Bake Off! is the first-ever Filipino production to be available on Broadway On Demand,” RTYA Creative Director Joy Virata shares proudly. “It’s the first musical in the country that is purposely filmed for an international online streaming service. REP is beyond honored to bring the magic of theater and Christmas to your homes and make this season a bit brighter and merrier for everyone.”

You can watch The Great Christmas Cookie Bake Off! with your family exclusively on Broadway On Demand from November 12 to December 12, 2021. Ticket prices are at PHP 700 for 24-hour access and PHP 1,000 for 48-hour access. Broadway On Demand can be accessed via computer or mobile device through a web browser—though Google Chrome is recommended for optimal streaming.

Moreover, you can watch it through the Broadway On Demand app—available on App Store and Google Play. It’s also available on AppleTV and Roku. Definitely a fun bonding activity and a great way to introduce theater to your family!

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Book your tickets through Broadway On Demand, TicketWorld, or Ticket2Me, or via the REP Box Office by calling 0966 905 4013. For updates, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, like and follow Repertory Philippines on Facebook and Instagram. Educators and school representatives who are interested in the show can email [email protected].

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