The famous lines that Cherie Gil was once known for as Lavinia Arguelles in the 1985 film titled ‘Bituing Walang Ningning’ that said: “You’ll never make it. You’re nothing but a second-rate, trying hard, copycat”–will be relived not via a TV or film remake, but an onstage musical of the same title and will set to open on June 17 at Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila.
The antagonist role that gave Gil, the image to be the total biatch and diva that others had to be compared or to compete with; will be assumed by Cris Villonco as a different Lavinia this time around. While the role that Christopher de Leon as Nico Escobar will now be portrayed by West End alumnus Mark Bautista. Dorina Pineda which made Sharon Cuneta as one of the biggest stars in the 80s and catapulted and dubbed as the Megastar and Sarah Geronimo who also assumed the role on its TV remake; the stage presentation will be spotlighting a newcomer, but a product of amateur singing tilts–Monica Cuenco.
‘Bituing Walang Ningning’ will run for a month until July 18. It will be directed by premier concert and theater director Direk Freddie Santos, and with musical numbers supported by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Rodel Colmenar.
Also, the said musical is lifted from Nerissa Cabral’s comic novel.