Monday, January 10, 2011

New faces in new Zaturnnah run

Tuxqs Rutaquio, who'll be back on stage in February as Ada in Tanghalang Pilipino's umpteenth rerun of Carlo Vergara and Vince De Jesus' Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, Ze Muzikal at the CCP Little Theater, documented the cast's first day of rehearsals with photos on his FB page. I swiped a few of them--with his permission, of course--so I can break the news on the show's casting. For instance:

Guess who's playing Dodong? Former international model and Pinoy Big Brother housemate-turned-indie actor Rocky Salumbides, that's who. That's him above practicing his song, while Tuxqs lends the musical-theater newbie support with a playful sticky gaze. Confirmed at this point to share the role with Rocky is one of the original Dodongs, Arnold Reyes. If their schedules permit, the other original Dodong, Lauren Novero, might also be on board, along with Red Anderson, who played the part in the most recent run. That'd make four Dodongs and lots of lots of noodles!

It also bears mentioning--Rocky and Eula Valdes, who has said yes to playing the red-haired superheroine once again, are a couple. That should make this, their first extensive pairing onstage, a must-see. (They shared a very brief scene in 2009's Flores Para Los Muertos, the Filipino adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, which TP staged and typhoon Ondoy wreaked havoc on. Eula played Blanche, Rocky was the young male visitor she tried to seduce.)

Reprising Didi, Ada's riot of a sidekick, is Joey Paras, alternating with--palakpak, mga dukha!, as Didi would say--Gabe Mercado! Nar Cabico has opted not to do the role again, but he showed up at the rehearsal to lend support and be with colleagues.

Another new recruit is Ayen Munji-Laurel, who is set to play Queen Femina Suarestellar Baroux, Zaturnnah's nemesis. She alternates with original cast member Kalila Aguilos, back for another stab at the celestial glamourpuss role. The buzz is that, TP had also called Cherie Gil and offered her the role, but the actress is said to have a full schedule at this time. Imagine that--Cherie Gil as Queen Femina! Ah, the pozzibilitiez!

[Update: Ayen says she won't be able to do Queen Femina anymore as she'll be part of a new GMA teleserye on top of her current work in Beauty Queen.]

PLUS: We've done an Arnold-Lauren face-off here, the two Dodongs singing their own versions of the musical's carrier single, if you will--Ikaw ang Superhero ng Buhay Ko.

Here's something new--an unreleased recording of the song by Alfred Vargas, who played the part in Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Movie. Unreleased, because at the last minute, director Joel Lamangan asked composer-lyricist Vince to use instead a dubbed version voiced by stage cast member Red Nuestro. So--for your enjoyment, three Dodongs in song! (Thanks, Vince, for the Alfred V. track.)


Arnold:


Lauren:


Alfred:


9 comments:

JORI said...

Alfred Vargaz' voice is quite ok to me. Not perfect but quite fine enough to be used on the movie. But then again Red's voice is better.

Can't wait to see this show once again.

Melissa said...

Am definitely watching this.. Funny, yesterday Cinema One has shown Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh!!!

Melanie said...

AY! Bet kong mapanood itey... hhhmmm...

ohmski said...

Gabe Mercado FTW!

Anonymous said...

wow. daming magandang panonoorin sa feb! orosman, zaturnah, care divas, and joy luck club! yipee!

Anonymous said...

parang ang tagal na ni tuqs sa role na ito. mga more than 5 years na ba? sana iba naman. give chance to others naman na taga tanghalang pilipino. ang parang yun na lang din ng yun ang ginagawa

Jay Quiambao said...

Excited excited excited!

Will said...

Gabe Mercado = another reason to watch this run.

Anonymous said...

na namanz? dios me. ang tagal tagal na nito. may wrinkels na ang ibang actors na nandito since the beginning

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