Tanghalang Pilipino 24th season season opens with "Banaag at Sikat, Isang Rock Musical," a production that headlines the collaboration between National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera (libretto) and National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal (set and costume design).
This exciting new musical is based on Lope K. Santos’ groundbreaking literary opus of the same title, about the breakup of the Filipino family and the rise of socialism in the country.
With music by Lucien Letaba, "Banaag at Sikat, Isang Rock Musical" universalizes its socialist theme by juxtaposing central, turn-of-the century Philippines (1911) with music that is very much today--indie rock. The production will be staged under the direction of José Estrella, whose past acclaimed works for TP include "Orfeo sa Impiyerno (Orpheus Descending)" and "Ang Pokpok ng Ohio (The Whore from Ohio)," among others.
Leading the cast are top-rate stage performers such as Ayen Laurel, Franco Laurel, John Arcilla, Roeder Camanag, Angeli Bayani, Banaue Miclat and Al Gatmaitan.
"Banaag at Sikat, Isang Rock Musical" also features seasoned stage actors Clottie Lucero, Emlyn Santos, Greg de Leon and Raymond Roldan and the TP Actors Company members/alumni Riki Benedicto, Jonathan Tadioan, Kat Castillo, Tara Cabaero and Cheryl Ramos.
Also included in the cast are Maria Elcon Cabasag, Kathlyn Castillo, Martha Comia, Aandrei David, Jejie Esguerra, Hazel Maranan, Gino Ramirez and Rachel Alfonso Rubio.
"Banaag at Sikat, Isang Rock Musical" runs Aug. 18-29, with evening shows (8 p.m.) from Wednesday to Sunday and matinees (3 p.m.) from Friday to Sunday, at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).
For ticket reservations, booking of special performances and other information, call the TP office 8323661 or 8321125 locals 1620-1621; CCP Box Office 8323704; or Ticketworid 8919999.