Friends, guests, and celebrities were treated to a night of Broadway as the hosts-performers at Andrew de Real's The Library on M. Adriatico Street, Malate, reprised scenes from Broadway musicals such as Annie, A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon, Cats, La Cage Aux Follies, Beauty and The Beast, and Evita in line of the celebration of the comedy bar's 22nd anniversary last June 21.
Masayang malungkot ang nasabing event. Masaya dahil punumpuno ng well-wishers ang sing-along bar na for 22 years has produced talents of unequalled caliber: Allan K., Arnell Ignacio, Lenard Obal, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Phillip Lazaro, Teri Onor, Anton Diva, The Raging Divas, Pooh, and a lot more.
Malungkot naman dahil gaya ng isang bestselling novel, magsasara na ang chapter ng The Library sa kanilang naging tahanan for 22 years. They will move to a bigger and better location on Maria Orosa Street, also in Malate by last week of July or first week of August.
That was also the night when another set of Golden Book Awards was given to deserving talents. Three of the highest and most coveted awards—Achiever of the Year, Tinig, and Entertainer of the Year Award—went to Pooh, Andrew Yadao and Billy and Nikki, respectively.
Hindi siyempre maubos ang pasasalamat ng may-ari ng The Library na si Mamu Andrew sa lahat ng taong naging bahagi ng comedy bar for 22 years at ginawa na itong second home nila, rain or shine. Kahit na ano pang kalamidad ang dumaan, The Library withstood the test of time.
A lot of the comedy bars that sprouted like mushrooms owe most of their talents from The Library, thus making The Library as the mother of all comedy bars.