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Lea Salonga graces the Philippine Stage again in Atlantis’ FUN HOME

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Manila, Philippines — Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is proud to announce the full cast for the International Premiere of the Tony Award winning musical FUN HOME, which opens in Manila on November 10, 2016.

FUN HOME was the most awarded and acclaimed musical of 2015 winning 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.

FUN HOME is a based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME and features music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. The New York Times calls it, “THE BEST NEW MUSICAL TO OPEN ON BROADWAY.”

As previously announced, Lea Salonga and Eric Kunze will be leading the cast of FUN HOME. It will mark Lea’s first musical in Manila since she played Grizabella in CATS in 2010. Her last stage appearance in Manila was in Atlantis Productions’ critically acclaimed play GOD OF CARNAGE in 2012. She will be playing Helen Bechdel, Alison’s distant mother who is an English teacher and former actress. Eric Kunze, has starred in Broadway productions such as LES MISERABLES, MISS SAIGON, and DAMN lea-kids2-1-1YANKEES, among many others. He played Marius opposite Salonga’s Eponine on Broadway, 23 years ago. He will be playing Bruce Bechdel, Alison’s complex father who is a part-time mortician and avid home restorer.

Cris Villonco will play the central role of Alison, Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante will play Medium Alison and Katie Bradshaw and Andee Achocoso alternate as Small Alison. Yanah Laurel plays Joan with Ronan Crisologo and Daniel Drilon alternating as Chrstian. Noel Comia and Albert Silos alternate as John while Laurence Mossman plays Roy / Pete / Mark and Bobby Jeremy.

Bobby Garcia, who will be directing FUN HOME, says, “Dreams do come true, It is an honor to be able to stage FUN HOME in Manila with this stellar cast. It is a ground breaking and trailblazing musical that needs to be seen by audiences all over the world. I am thrilled that it will premiere internationally in Manila. We hope you will all come and join us at the FUN HOME.” Joining Garcia in the Creative Team are Musical Director Ceejay Javier, Vocal Director ManMan Angsico, Choreographer Cecile Martinez, Light Designer Adam Honoré, Set Designer Faust Peneyra, Costume Designer Oz Go, Sound Designer Kevin Heard, Projection Designer GA Fallarme and Hair and Make Up Designer Johann dela Fuente.

The New York producers of FUN HOME issued a statement saying, “We’re thrilled to have the first international production of ‘Fun Home’ confirmed for the Philippines, and how exciting to have Lea Salonga, one of Broadway’s most beloved stars, leading the company,”

FUN HOME is recommended for ages 13 and up. Parental Supervision is encouraged.Children under the age of 7 are not permitted in the theatre.

FUN HOME plays a limited run from November 10 – 27, 2016 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati

Tickets for FUN HOME are available now at Ticketworld at 891-9999.

SOURCE: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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