Rainbow Stage – Canada’s largest, longest-running open-air professional theatre – showcases the development of the new Manitoba musical MA-BUHAY!: FILIPINOS SINGING FOR THEIR LIVES. The musical is set in Winnipeg, against the backdrop of the immensely influential singing competition: STAR ON THE RISE. Using contemporary styles of music such as pop, R&B, rap and musical theatre, its Filipino authors are actively altering the musical theatre landscape to include new forms of music, dance, and culture in an energetic and moving musical for Filipino/non-Filipino Canadians and international audiences alike. 

The creator of MA-BUHAY!, Joseph Sevillo, has been a professional Canadian Filipino musical theatre performer for 25 years and is an advocate for raising the popularity of the art form of musical theatre. MA-BUHAY is motivated to empower the Filipino community in Winnipeg by telling their stories and bringing their talents to the world stage.