Held last Friday September 5 at the CCP, “Musikal” showcases the best of Philippine Theatre industry in celebration of Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 45th Anniversary.
Performed by around 200 theatre actors, Musikal can be dubbed as the “Biggest gathering of theatre superstars” in history. Led by notable theatre actors, Isay Alvarez, Robert Sena, Sheila Francisco, Dulce, and Karylle, the performances that night was lauded and warmly received by the audience.
The show was opened with the overture by The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Gerard Salonga. It also features musicals that depict the old Philippines such as “Walang Sugat,” “Makikiliti Kang Totoo,” performed by international musical star Sheila Francisco and Red Nuestro, “Ang Kababaihan Ng Malolos” and “San Andres B.”
Children’s musicals were also showcased in “Sandosenang Sapatos,” “Bluebird of Happiness,” and “Batang Rizal.” Meanwhile, vaudeville was never left out with “Titina” and the showstopping “Aba Ba Boogie,” from the 80’s hit musical “Katy” with Isay Alvarez.
First act was closed by the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers performing of some of the songs from Ryan Cayabyab and Bienvenido Lumbera’s “Noli Me Tangere” and the “Munting Pangarap” number from the recent hit musical “Rak of Aegis.”
The second act were also full of show stoppers like “Magsimula Ka” performed by Myke Salomon followed by Ateneo’s “Sinta,” “Toilet the Musical,” and Ed Gatchalian’s “Rivalry.” Meanwhile, the “Himala” spot brought the house down with powerhouse performances from May Bayot, Isay Alvarez, Cynthia Guico and Dulce. Gay-themed musicals were also featured via “Caredivas,” “Zsa Zsa Zaturnah,” and “Maxie.” But the highlight of the second act was the revue of “Rama Hari” featuring OJ Mariano and Karylle, which was greeted by thunderous applause from the audience.
“Musikal” was ended with “Minsan Ang Minahal Ay Ako,” a song from “Katy” the musical which is considered as the unofficial “theme of stage performers.” Dulce, Isay, and Aicelle, stars of last year’s revival, led all the performers in singing the song.
After that emotional closing number, thunderous applause, and a long standing ovation greeted the more than 200 cast members of “Musikal,” proving that the local theater industry is experiencing a new “high.”