Dalanghita Productions' "Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady The Musical" is Set to Open on May 7, 2015



Anybody who loves a great story would definitely find Kung Paano Ako Naging Lady very entertaining. After all, this original Filipino musical combines comedy, drama, romance, action, deception, confessions, superheroes, supervillains, a family, and a maid!


I got to see and hear excerpts of the production yesterday and some of the lyrics and dialogues are the kind that will figuratively have you rolling on the floor laughing. I can't wait to watch the whole show next month! 

Dalanghita Productions, Manila's newest theater group, in cooperation with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), proudly presents a fantastic production based on Carlo Vergara's one-act play and graphic novel entitled Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady.

Love triangle
This musical revolves around the story of two sisters, Mely and Viva, who both yearn to fulfill their dreams. Like most siblings, they have their share of a rivalry that was made more complicated by an unsettled past and a budding romance, all in the context of an ongoing war between the superhero and supervillain teams.

Mely, who lands a job as a maid under a group of superheroes, has to step up to unique challenges for the sake of her family. Aside from her story, the musical will take audiences through the journey of the characters who are all trying to find their individual places in a world where superheroes and supervillains exist.

Artistic team
If you got to watch the massively successful Zsazsa Zaturnnah ze Muzikal, which had multiple stage runs, you'll be happy to know that KPANLL's artistic team is composed of Carlo Vergara (creator of Zsazsa Zaturnnah) whose story will be set to music by Vincent de Jesus (Himala the Musical, Batang Rizal, Juan Tamad), and brought to life by director Chris Martinez (I Do Bidoo Bidoo, Kimmy Dora, Temptation Island … Live!). Powerhouse team, right?

But there's more! The cast of KPANLL is also very impressive because it boasts of some of the most talented and highly-respected artists coming from the theater, television, and film industry. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo plays Madre De Dios - leader of Puwersa Pilipinas; Bituin Escalante and Frenchie Dy alternate as Mely - maid of Puwersa Pilipinas, Kim Molina and Natasha Cabrera alternate as Viva - Mely's younger sister; and Markki Stroem and Hans Eckstein alternate as Leading Man - the newest member of Puwersa Pilipinas.

But Why Me? (Love this song!)
Lending support are multi-faceted actors from Manila's different theater companies namely May Bayot (Nanay - Mely and Viva's mother), Astarte Abraham (Madre De Dios alternate), Giannina Ocampo (Nena Babushka), Caisa Borromeo (Windang Woman), Chesko Rodriguez (Popoy Pusakal), Jeff Flores (Bazooka Man), Nar Cabico and Domi Espejo (alternating as Senyor Blangko - leader of Kayumanggilas), Red Nuestro (Marakas Marko), Red Concepcion (Itak-Atak), Elliot Eustacio (Jeryc Sans Rival), and Vince Lim and Mikoy Morales (alternating as Henyotik).

The ensemble is composed of Kakki Teodoro, Raflesia Bravo, Gab Pangilinan, JC Santos, Brian Sy, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, Alejandro Santos, and Joshua Cabiladas.

Viva's song
The artistic and creative teams include Carlo Vergara (Creator and Writer), Vincent de Jesus (Musical Director and Composer), Chris Martinez (Director), Tuxqs Rutaquio (Production Designer), Lambert de Jesus (Technical Director), John Batalla (Lighting Designer), Nancy Crowe (Chroreographer), Mara Marasigan (Assistant Director), and Ejay Yatco (Assistant Musical Director).

The production team is composed of Ansis Aldrich Tan Sy, Pertee Briñas, and Claudia Fernandez (Producers), Jerome Aytona (Stage Manager), Mariko Yasuda (Production Manager), Gee Pelaria and RJ Deniega (Assistant Stage Managers), Toots Tolentino (Publicist), Kristin Bonifacio, Chuckie Campos Juan, Oskie King, Juan Lorenzo Marco, Guio Martinez, Phillippe Palmos, Celina Peñaflorida, and Juan Miguel Severo (Sales and Marketing), Prodbook PH (Social Media Manager), and Chester Ng (Photography).

Team Kayumanggilas
Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady The Musical is set to open on May 7 and will run for four weekends until June 7, 2014. The show starts promptly at 8PM (Thursdays-Sundays) while matinees start at 3PM (Saturday-Sunday). All performances will be at the PETA Theater Center located at No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Q.C.

For bulk reservations, show buys, and inquiries, call or text 0998-5311389 or email dalanghitaproductions@gmail.com. For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Powerhouse cast and crew
For updates and other information, please like facebook.com/DalanghitaProductions and facebook.com/LeadingLadyTheMusical, and follow @dalanghitaprod on Twitter and Instagram

Dalanghita Productions wishes to express gratitude to its sponsors: MAC Cosmetics, Gardenia Philippines, Nescafé Smoovlatte, Sikat Studio, Idea Orchard Media, and Pancit Malabon Express

Mark your calendars now and see you at the theater! :)

* See photos of the show taken on May 6 during the press preview, here.


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