Huling hirit na ‘to! Due to insistent, popular demand, 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live are extending the second run of Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!’s until April 7. Since it debuted in August 2018, word spread like wildfire among millennials, and titos and titas of Manila alike. The clamor for an extension was astounding, to say the least. In theater speak, the show must go on, indeed!
2018 was a resoundingly triumphant year and season for the team behind the production. 9 Works Theatrical, together with its sister company The Sandbox Collective, garnered a total of 30 PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay nominations for their 2018 productions, Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!, Lungs, and Himala Isang Musikal. The APO Hiking Society jukebox musical is dressed for success, nominated for awards in 11 categories, including Outstanding Musical (Original or Translation/Adaptation), and an unopposed win for director Robbie Guevara for Outstanding Original Libretto. Suffice it to say, it’s been a fantastic way to kick off 9 Works Theatrical’s 10th year and The Sandbox Collective’s 5th year.
Critics have weighed in on the show’s second run, and collectively agree on the production’s consistent, magical touch. The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Gibbs Cadiz was all praises for the production, in saying,“The Musikal nAPO rerun feels, in many ways, even more moving and exhilarating now.” Meanwhile, ABS-CBN Online’s Jeeves De Veyra believes the second run is even better: “It was already good last year but this time around, it’s easily destined to be one of the greats in Philippine Theater.”
It’s no wonder that the musical captured the hearts of theater goers and families alike with its imaginative reinventions of timeless tunes. Songs such as the love-struck ballad of “Panalangin,” the groovy “Blue Jeans,” and the wise advice of “Batang-Bata Ka Pa” were given a fresh twist by the talented cast. These are all songs that became theme songs at one point or another in nearly every Filipino’s life, cementing APO Hiking Society’s legacy in Filipino pop culture and history.
Set in a university in the 70s, Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! tells the coming-of-age of a ragtag of college friends as they gear up to win a songwriting competition. Through it all, they share triumphs, romantic bliss, and heartbreak. All of this happens under the iron first of Martial Law. What keeps them together is their sheer love for music, and a friendship that stands the test of time and turmoil.
Don’t miss this chance to see the cast once again. Playing the boisterous band of brothers are Mark Bautista, Floyd Tena, Jobim Javier, Alfritz Blanche, Jon Philippe Go, Jef Flores, Jon Abella, and Vyen Villanueva. Joining them are Rita Daniela, Mica Javier, Marika Sasaki, Roxanne Barcelo, Sab Jose, Raul Montesa, and Neomi Gonzales. Rounding out the cast are Vien King, Luis Marcelo, Gian Gloria, Shalee Vicencio, Peachy Atilano-Guevara, Jourdan Bartolome, Anton Posadas, and Derrick Gozos.
Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! is an original Filipino musical with lyrics and music by Danny Javier, Jim Paredes and Boboy Garrovillo, musical arrangements and orchestrations by Daniel Bartolome and Orly dela Cruz. For the song “Ewan,” music and lyrics are by Louie Ocampo and Winnie Arrieta, respectively.
Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! is written and directed by Robbie Guevara, along with Jonjon Martin as dramaturg, Dingdong Rosales as assistant director, Daniel Bartolome as musical director, PJ Rebullida as choreographer, Shakira Villa Symes as lightning designer, Joey Mendoza as set designer, Eric Pineda as costume designer, Dong Calingacion as technical director, Ian Monsod as sound designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer, Ronan Ferrer as vocal supervisor and Cathy Azanza-Dy as theatrical coach.
Heading the production team are executive producers Santi Santamaria (9 Works Theatrical) and Denise Seva (Globe Live), Globe Live Senior Adviser Joe Caliro, along with the 9 Works Theatrical Team: Anna Santamaria as operations & finance director, Jonjon Martin as PR manager, GM Hernandez as marketing manager, Arma Bonilla as stage manager, Gian Nicdao as graphic design manager and JC Inocian as official photographer.
Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! will be back at Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City, on March 31 at 2:30pm, April 5 at 8:00pm, April 6 & 7 at 2:30pm & 8:00pm. For tickets, contact 586.7105, 0917.554.5560, or Ticketworld at 891.9999.