Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Breaking news: 'Ganito Kami Noon' out, 'ZsaZsa Zaturnnah' in--again

You're hearing it here first: Tanghalang Pilipino's musical version of the landmark Eddie Romero film Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon, slated for staging in February 2009 as the closing production of its 22nd season, has been scrapped. Taking its place: a restaging of ZsaZsa Zaturnnah.

The reason, says TP artistic director Nanding Josef, is money--the lack of it. TP cannot, at this point, bankroll the creation of an original Filipino musical, much less a sprawling, multi-character piece like Ganito Kami Noon.

“Among other things, we don't have enough funds right now to pay the composer a decent, professional fee to write about 21 songs for the musical; it wouldn't be fair to him to go forward with this,” says Mr. Josef. Lutgardo Labad was set to write the music for the production, as he did for the film.

Instead, TP has decided to once again wheel out its unfailing moneymaker: ZsaZsa Zaturnnah, the blockbuster musical based on the Carlo Vergara comic book, with music and lyrics by Vince de Jesus and stage adaptation by Chris Martinez.

Director Chris Millado has confirmed the casting. Eula Valdes will be back as Zaturnnah, ditto with Tuxqs Rutaquio as Ada, Arnold Reyes as Dodong and Joey Paras as Didi. Nar Cabico, who played the sidekick part in the RCBC run, might alternate with Joey. Lauren Novero? No word yet on whether he'll be back as well. Aside from Arnold, alternate Dodongs will be cast through auditions, the dates of which will be announced later.

PLUS: One more time, who's your Dodong?

Lauren Novero or Arnold Reyes? The hunk or the heartthrob?

To make the choosing easier, listen first to their respective recordings of Dodong's song, “Ikaw ang Superhero ng Buhay Ko.” Arnold's version is in the commercially released cast album; Lauren's is the rarer clip because it was part of a very limited-edition Zaturnnah CD featuring the alternate cast that sold out during the first run.

Here's Arnold:

Here's Lauren:

So candidates, whom would you choose as your Dodong and why? [Cue music: children's choir singing “You Are My Star”]


hastydevil said...

laging si lauren novero ang napapanood ko so arnold reyes naman please!!!

sushi said...

hmn...imma go with the hunk...he sounds better and by gosh those arms! deng it!!

Jonas Diego said...

Lauren Novero! :D

erasmusa said...

arnold reyes had my vote then, but i'd like to see lauren novero for a change.

Anonymous said...

Lauren Novero akech! Buong buo at malaki! Ang boses. Nakaka-inlove.

migs, the manila gay guy said...

Pedeng BOT? Hehehe!

I'm so excited! Feb 2009 pa! Antagal naman!

Anonymous said...

Lauren because of the voice. arnold because of the charm. but the voice would definitely prevail kasi musical ito eh!

RainB said...


Excuse the language, but that sucks! I mean, is it really that difficult to raise funds in order to pay a talented composer decently?

Oh man, yet there are millions for worthless cultural events (Supremo Awards for instance). Sorry, I just feel like ranting.

So, it will still boil down to culture surrendering its vision to economics then?

meow said...

hay salamat wala na ung janvier daily sa choices.

sayang ok naman physically! kaya lang kailangan nya magkaboses...


Anonymous said...

Nothing against ZsaZsa pero parang ang weird naman na from Ganito kami ngayon, na hindi itutuloy dahil walang pera to ..... a sure horse, zsazsa (na talaga namang money maker). parang grabe na talaga. i mean, nagenjoy ako sa zsazsa pero siguro naman it is time for TP to move on. nag gamble noon for zsazsa, bakit hindi nila gawin ngayon ito for another musical? i mean moving from something like Ganito kami ngayon to zsazsa, parang ang layo ata at hindi pinagisipan. nakakapagtaka tuloy kung paano pa gumawa ng season ang mga theater companies

gibbs cadiz said...

thanks for your comments, friends! masaya pala mag-poll, haha. :) ANONYMOUS, i dunno how to answer your comment since am not privy to the full financial picture of TP nor to their decision-making when it comes to their choices of plays to mount. their line-up for next season looks very promising, though. i'll blog about it soon.

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