ATLANTIS Theatrical Entertainment Group is really all about three guys: two Bobbys and one Tony, to be precise, who had a vision and turned that vision into reality.
The group is the fruit of the combined efforts and passion of the Ten Bridges Media Corp., a multimedia company established by television industry luminaries Bobby Barreiro and Tony Tuviera in 2013; and Atlantis Productions, a theatre company established by multi-awarded director Bobby Garcia in 1998.
With their roots in the television industry—Bobby Barreiro, having worked with GMA7 and TV5 for 20 years, and with Tony as the President of TAPE, Inc., the producer of the longest running television program in Philippine history, Eat Bulaga—the two joined forces to form Ten Bridges Media Corp. The name Ten Bridges signifies the ten new ideas they were developing in various media forma: theatre, television, mobile, live entertainment, and digital, to name a few. Bobby and Tony then began looking for partners in those fields to bridge dynamic ideas, craft creative work, and develop stellar material together.
The first bridge has been with Director Bobby Garcia’s prolific theatre company, Atlantis Productions. Bobby B. and Tony both noted that the theatre scene was rapidly expanding, not only in the Philippines, but in the South East Asian region, as well. Noting this opportunity and with the sterling track record of Bobby Garcia’s Atlantis Productions internationally, they both felt this was the ideal person and theatre company to collaborate with.
Atlantis Productions has staged high quality productions from Broadway and the West End, with a roster of top caliber theatre/film/television/recording talent. Its very first production was the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical RENT which enjoyed multiple runs in Manila as well as an acclaimed run in Singapore. This was followed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE by Paula Vogel, a revival of the classic rock opera, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR; Off-Broadway rock musical HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, PROOF, Jonathan Larson’s TICK! TICK! BOOM!, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, DREAMGIRLS, URINETOWN, BABY, THE GUYS, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Pulitzer Prize-winning play DOUBT, Tony Award-winning AVENUE Q (Manila and Singapore), DOGEATERS, SEUSSICAL, HAIRSPRAY, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Manila and Singapore), SPRING AWAKENING, LEGALLY BLONDE, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Manila and Singapore), XANADU, Pulitzer Prize-winning NEXT TO NORMAL, AIDA, IN THE HEIGHTS, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID.
In 2012, Atlantis Productions opened with a repeat of IN THE HEIGHTS and brought to Manila the show’s Tony Award-winning creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. This was followed by the successful staging of ROCK OF AGES and the Tony Award-winning play GOD OF CARNAGE, which also travelled to Singapore. Next up was Tony Award-winning musical NINE, which brought to Manila designs by the multi-awarded Broadway designer Dave Gallo. The year closed with Atlantis being handpicked by Disney Theatricals for the first international production of Disney’s ALADDIN, preceding its Broadway debut.
2013 opened with the much acclaimed PIAF, a repeat run ROCK OF AGES, followed by the musical adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel CARRIE, which was attended by the musical’s book and screen writer Lawrence Cohen. This season ended with an audience favorite, THE ADDAMS FAMILY.
2014 saw the first “bridge” project, GHOST: THE MUSICAL which opened in April, and the magical musical SHREK in September with a holiday repeat run in December. Atlantis also managed the casting of the National Theatre of London’s production of HERE LIES LOVE in the Philippines.
Productions in 2015 included the new international tour of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and the first international production of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, which opened to critical acclaim.
In 2016, Atlantis staged the Tony Award-winning musical JERSEY BOYS, and the International Premiere of the 2015 Tony Award-winning Best Musical FUN HOME, starring Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, which made a successful sold out premiere. Atlantis also headed the Manila auditions for the global production of MISS SAIGON in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.
2017 saw a limited repeat run of FUN HOME, a sold-out run of KINKY BOOTS, and the Asian premiere of MATILDA THE MUSICAL.
This year, Atlantis staged a second run of KINKY BOOTS, followed by SIDE SHOW. Closing out the season was the first international production of the Broadway hit WAITRESS.
Atlantis’ Casting Division, under the supervision of Bobby Garcia, has held auditions in Manila for the National Theatre of London’s production of HERE LIES LOVE, directed by Alex Timbers, Julie Taymor’s Broadway revival of M. BUTTERFLY, and the London premiere of Bartlett Sher’s production of THE KING & I. It continues to cast for children for the International Tour of Disney’s THE LION KING and for various productions of Cameron Mackintosh’s MISS SAIGON.
In July 2018, Jorelle Balitbit assumed the role of Vice President for Theatrical Productions of Ten Bridges Media Corp. and Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group, after having worked in strategic marketing of the company’s shows for 7 years. Atlantis also recently launched its year-round workshop program spearheaded by Atlantis veteran actor Steven Conde.
Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is proud to continue the tradition of bringing the best that the West End and Broadway has to offer to local audiences, to nurture and showcase the abundance of Filipino talent, and to expand this experience to the exponentially growing number of theatergoers in the region.