Almost five years after the staging of ‘A Celebration of the Musical – Himala, 10TH Anniversary’, a concert that opened in March 2013 at the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) Theater Center, which featured the original cast and several new performers of the said production; The Sandbox Collective is restaging ‘Himala: Isang Musikal’ with Kapuso star and former lead star of ‘Rak oif Aegis’—Aicelle Santos taking on the role of Elsa.
It is set to open in February 2018.
Walang lihim na hindi nabubunyag. Himala: Isang Musikal. Feb 2018. #SandboxHimala
Posted by The Sandbox Collective on Sunday, December 17, 2017
Santos will be the third Elsa to which Ricky Lee once created and wrote for a 1982 film starring the one-and-only Superstar—Nora Aunor and was directed by the late and award-winning director—Ishmael Bernal. May Bayot took on the lead character when the screenplay hit the stage via Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Huséng Batutè Theatre in 2003 in commemoration with the 20th season of Tanghalang Pilipino. The libretto was by Ricky Lee, music and musical direction by Vincent de Jesus, lyrics by Vincent de Jesus and Ricky Lee, direction by the late Soxie Topacio, respectively.
The musical essays the story of Elsa, a young woman who became the savior in the eyes of her bucolic townsfolk; who were seeking to end their misery and the suffering.
It is reported that, David Ezra, a member of the FORTEnors, a quartet of young and dynamic tenor vocalists will assume the character of Orly.
In this upcoming re-staging of the musical, the book is still by Lee, music by de Jesus , lyrics by both Lee and de Jesus, while the piano arrangement by Jed Balsamo, musical direction by Jed Balsamo and de Jesus.
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