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Rainbow Stage is blazing a new trail with its latest production.

As part of its 70th anniversary season, the organization will host the world premiere of Ma-Buhay, a new musical featuring music and lyrics from Winnipeg’s Joseph Sevillo.

“We’ve predominately produced shows that you could have seen on Broadway already, really famous titles like “The Wizard of Oz,” or even “Mary Poppins” this summer. So generally, these are the types of shows that our acting community gets to participate in,” said Carson Nattrass, the artistic director of Rainbow Stage. “But for the first time in 70 years, we’ve written our own.”

Rainbow Stage said Ma-Buhay is the first fully Filipino musical in Manitoba and the first musical ever commissioned and developed by Rainbow Stage. It takes place in present-day Winnipeg, and follows three young Filipinos from different economic backgrounds as they compete in the grand finale of a prestigious singing …

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