When ‘Katy: The Musical’ returned onstage in January this year after its successful production that premiered at the Cultural Center of the Philippines back in 1989—it created such buzz, particularly with the theater enthusiasts. The said production is based on Katy De la Cruz’s life story, the Bodabil Queen.
Apart from the moving story that the musical presentation has to offer—there are indeed five good reasons why not just the theater enthusiasts and the rest of the public must not miss this rerun.
The character of Katy is portrayed by two equally powerful performers—Ms. Isay Alvarez, an original cast member of ‘Miss Saigon’ as Gigi and Aicelle Santos, the first undefeated GMA 7’s Pinoy Pop Superstar contestant with eight-straight wins. Having both Alvarez and Santos as the young Katy and the mature Katy in one stage is one experience that any audience must not let this opportunity pass by.
The Vaudeville and is better known as ‘Bodabil’, an indigenized version of the American vaudeville shows as it is highlighted in this musical. The Philippines has been influenced by this type of stage show, with variety of entertainment acts like song and dance numbers, slapstick comedy routines, magic tricks, and chorus girls. During the time of Katy, she performed alongside other leading stage performers such as Atang de la Rama, Chichay, Etang Discher, Patsy, and Mary Walter.
In the ‘Bodabil’ days, tap dance is one of the most popular attractions in the stage show. To provide a feel of the said era, ‘Katy’ creative team got Cecille Martinez, Lisa Martinez-Chingcuangco, and Tintin Martinez-Limjap, a.k.a. the Martinez sisters of Whiplash Dance Company to train all the performers to learn tap dance. The typical bodabil shows would feature dance numbers, and one of which is the tap dance. Popular at the time was Bayani Casimiro.
Its music is by Ryan Cayabyab while its libretto is by Jose Javier Reyes. Having these two big names in ‘Katy’—there is no doubt that the audience are in for a great ‘treat’. Cayabyab is the executive director of the Philpop MusicFest Foundation Inc., the organization behind the Philippine Popular Music Festival, a songwriting competition for amateurs and professionals. Reyes is a writer-director for both stage and films.
BroadwayWorld.com (BWW) and Spotlight Artists Centre, the producers behind the revival production of the Filipino landmark musical KATY!, are giving away two orchestra center tickets, a T-shirt, a program and a backstage tour assisted by cast member Vincent Evangelista. Prizes will be made available on Sunday, August 4, 8 p.m. at Meralco Theater (Ortigas Ave., Pasig City, Metro Manila). To read about the mechanics of the promo, click here!
‘KATY!’ is directed by Nestor U. Torre, who also directed its original production in 1989. It also features a powerhouse cast members: Tirso Cruz III, Dulce, Lou Veloso, Gian Magdangal, Epy Quizon, Tricia Amper-Jimenez, China Cojuangco, Vincent Evangelista, Any Bais, Poppert Bernadas, and other seasoned theater performers.
Ticket prices are at Php1500 for Orchestra seats; Php1000 for Loge seats; and Php700 for Balcony seats. For inquiries, contact Spotlight Artists Centre at (632) 8998089 or at TicketWorld at (632) 8919999.