Sunday, March 10, 2013

Theater Actors Guild sponsors opening night of Himala, The Musical: the 10th Anniversary Concert

Ten years since it was first staged and earned commercial and critical acclaim, the Filipino musicale “Himala” goes onstage once again starting March 15 at the PETA Theater Center.

“Himala, The Musical” is the theater adaptation of the film with the same title that starred Nora Aunor and was directed by National Artist for Film Ishmael Bernal. It has been recently digitized by Star Cinema and shown along with an accompanying documentary on the making of the film.

Ricky Lee, who wrote the screenplay, co-wrote the libretto for the musical adaptation with composer Vince de Jesus.

“The musical is very close to everyone in the cast. We've been planning to mount this musical for the past five years and finally, in its 10th anniversary, everything fell into place,” says de Jesus.

De Jesus says the upcoming version will be a concert-type staging, not theatrical. Blocking and choreography are reduced to a minimum, and will instead highlight the songs.

The anniversary presentation is sponsored by the Philippine Theater Actors Guild as its first major venture. Librettist and composer De Jesus is chairman of TAG’s membership committee.

Kalila Aguilos, TAG president, says, “We have always been rooting for original Filipino productions. 'Himala, The Musical' seems to be the right material for us at this point of the organization, The cast is composed mainly of TAG members.”

TAG, formed two years ago, aims to protect the rights and uphold the welfare of theater actors.

Aguilos joins the cast that includes May Bayot as Elsa and Cynthia Guico as Chayong, with Isay Alvarez, coming fresh from the success of “Katy”, playing Nymia.

Other member of the cast are Dulce, Oj Mariano, Mia Reonal Bolaños, Myke Salomon, Melvin Lee, Lionel Guico, Angeli Bayani, Mayen Estanero, Neomi Gonzales, Joann Co, Bong Cabrera, Carlon Matobato, Red Nuestro and Onyl Torres.

Also featured are Viva Voce and the UST Singers Alumni. Soxie Topacio directs.

The 10th anniversary concert of “Himala, The Musical” will have its gala presentation on March 15 at the PETA Theater Center, 8 p.m.

Tickets are at P2,000 for VIP seats, P1,000 for orchestra seats, and P650 for balcony seats. For reservations, call Ria Pangilinan 0917-5378313.

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