CCP to celebrate 53rd anniversary with free musical treat

The Cultural Center of the Philippines is holding a one-night musical treat as part of its 53rd anniversary celebration. This will be held on September 10 at 8 PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

Dubbed “Musikal II” the gala will provide a rousing start to the moving out and improving the CCP Main Building that will bring it up to par with the world’s best facilities.  The CCP building will be closed beginning January 1, 2023, for rehabilitation for two years.

The “Hanggang sa Muli” show starts with a gala Musikal II which consists of songs from original Filipino musicals from 2015 to 2021.  

It will feature songs from Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!, Kanser the Musical, Felix Starro, Ang Larawan, LapuLapu, ang Datu ng Mactan, Guadalupe, Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko, F(r)iction, Changing Partners, Ang Huling El Bimbo the Musical, Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical, Dekada ‘70, A Game of Trolls, Mabining Mandirigma A Steampunk Musical, Aurelio Sedisyoso A Rock Sarswela, The Quest for the Adarna, Ding Ang Bato, Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady, Himala, Isang Musikal, and Daluyong ng Diwa.

Leading artists from various theater companies will perform in the show.  Among them are Bituin Escalante, Bayang Barrios, Arman Ferrer, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Carla Guevara Laforteza, Sandino Martin, Reb Atadero, Delphine Buencamino, Topper Fabregas, Upeng Fernandez, Vic Robinson, Ricci Chan and Juliene Mendoza.

On the creative and production team are Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, director, Ejay Yatco and Vince De Jesus, musical directors/arrangers, choreographers Daniel Cabrera and PJ Rebullida, Lights Designer John Batalla, Sound Engineer Aji Manalo, Set Designer Ricardo Eric Cruz, Technical Director Dong Calingacion, and Stage Manager Ed Murillo.

The two new compositions of Vince De Jesus, specially commissioned for Musikal II will highlight the production.  Entitled Muling Gisingin and Nandito Pa Rin Ako, these will be performed by the all-star cast.

Yulo envisioned Musikal II to herald the return of the Filipino musicals.

This event is invitational but certain sections are free and open to the public. Tickets for the public will be released at the CCP Main Ramp two hours before the performance on a first-come, first-served basis.

The show will be live streamed on the CCP Facebook page.

Please check the health and safety protocols at https://bit.ly/staysafeatCCP.

For more information, visit the CCP (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph) and follow the official CCP social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

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