‘Panalangin’ mo bang panoorin ang Eto na! Musikal nAPO! ulit? 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live are bringing the critically-acclaimed jukebox musical, back by popular demand!
When Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! made its debut in August 2018, it became a resounding success that rocked the stage. The charming cast and poignant story featuring the best songs of the legendary group APO Hiking Society captured the hearts of theatergoers and OPM fans alike. Hailed for its heartwarming portrayal of coming-of-age, it brought the tunes’ life-long fans back to their youth.
Set in a university in the 1970s, Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! follows a ragtag group of collegiates hard at work to win a songwriting and singing competition. The story sees them through the ups-and-downs of youth, from artistic doubts to romantic bliss and heartbreak. All of this happens under the iron claw of Martial Law, and yet for three of them—aptly named Jaime, Donnie, and Bobbie—their spirit and passion for music stay strong.
Even Jim Paredes himself was a fan: “Quite honestly, I was not prepared to see what I saw. I was more than surprised and delighted. I was ecstatic!”
APO’s timeless songs were given a fresh twist by the talented cast, which made the musical truly resound with all ages. Parents brought their children to the show, while millennial 9 Works Theatrical followers even brought their parents. For the young ones, it was a nostalgic glimpse into how it was in the 70s. Many audience members came back to watch again, so it’s no wonder that entire shows were sold out.
“It’s proof that great jukebox musicals come from a perfect marriage of hit songs and a well laid-out story, and one shouldn’t be more important than the other,” wrote Spot.ph. “Add this to the universality of the themes that the Robbie Guevara script touches on, and you have a nostalgic show that even younger generations can relate to.” ABS-CBN.com mentioned that the musical is “undoubtedly a solid original work that could prove to be a game-changer for the local theater scene.” Philippine Star wrote, “So open your hearts, this one’s guaranteed to sweep you off your feet.”
Watch out for the five new members joining the cast:
Floyd Tena, the singer, theater actor and commercial model, is playing Rick. He played the Priest in 9 Works Theatrical and The Sandbox Collective’s staging of Himala Isang Musikal last year, and is part of the crossover group PRIMO.
Showtime mainstay, Aliw Awards & Urban Music Awards winner, singer, actress, songwriter and model Mica Javier follows in Danny and Jobim Javier’s footsteps as the alternate for Anna. It’s another step in her musical career, where she has a recording deal with Timbaland Productions in New York to her name. She is also currently part of ABS-CBN show Los Bastardos, and has appeared in international shows such as Gossip Girl and How To Make it In America.
Alternating for Jane is actress-singer Roxanne Barcelo, who is famously known for TV show Wildflower and her stint in Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. It’s her long-overdue return to theater since her 2008 appearance as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical.
Vien King, who was part of Dekada 70, Mula Sa Buwan, Kanser and Lola Basyang, jumps onboard as the alternate for Benjie. Luis Marcelo, best remembered as Crutchie in Disney’s Newsies, joins the gang as Jojo’s alternate.
The rest of the cast will be back: Mark Bautista, together with Jobim Javier, Alfritz Blanche, Jon Philippe Go, Jef Flores, Jon Abella, and Vyen Villanueva. Joining them are Rita Daniela, Marika Sasaki, Sab Jose, Raul Montesa, and Neomi Gonzales. Rounding out the cast are Gian Gloria, Shalee Vicencio, Peachy Atilano-Guevara, Anton Posadas, Jourdan Bartolome, 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, GA Fallarme as video & projection 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 stage 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 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 photographer.
Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! will be back at Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City, on February 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 22-24, March 1-3, 8, 10 & 15-17, 2019, at 8:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, and 2:30pm on Saturdays & Sundays.
For tickets, contact 586.7105, 0917.554.5560, or Ticketworld at 891.9999.
A limited number of performances are available for fundraising and block buying. Please contact 586.7105 • 0917.554.5560 • email@example.com.
Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! is a production of 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live, co-presented by FOXlife, with MP [Maquillage Professionnel] School of Make Up Artistry as the official make up partner, and media partner CNN Philippines. Special thanks to BGC Arts Center.
SOURCE: 9 Works Theatrical