Tuesday, November 6, 2007

HIMALA THE MUSICAL travels to Shanghai

Tanghalang Pilipino’s production of HIMALA, THE MUSICALE has been invited as the official Philippine entry to the Asian Contemporary Theater Festival in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China this November.

A moving story about faith and faithfulness, truth and delusion, HIMALA, THE MUSICALE is based on the landmark film by National Artist for Film Ishmael Bernal about a young woman, Elsa, who claims to have spoken to the Virgin Mary during an eclipse and begins to exhibit healing powers. Written by Ricky Lee with music and lyrics by Vincent de Jesus, the musical adaptation has won Aliw Awards for director Soxie Topacio and lead performer May Bayot, who plays Elsa.

Also in the cast of outstanding performers are Isay Alvarez (as the prostitute Nimia), Cynthia Culig Guico (as Chayong), Mia Bolaños (as Aling Saling), Lionel Guico (as Orly), Jay Cruz (as Pilo), Bong Embile (as Igmeng Bugaw), and the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company. Gino Padilla designs the production while Dennis Marasigan is Technical Director.

HIMALA, THE MUSICALE will be performed at the Drama Salon of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre at 7pm on November 22 and 23, 2007. Tanghalang Pilipino’s participation in the festival is made possible with the cooperation of the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai.

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