ART IS A BANG: Katy! Soon on its 2nd Run

If You missed the staging of Katy! The musical last January, like me, we can actually have another chance to see this one of a kind musical live and now in a bigger venue. 

Spotlight Artist Centre gave a sneak preview for Katy! 2nd Run. The cast and production crew of Katy! proudly staged their sneak preview to selected members of the local entertainment media last Wednesday, May 22 at the Mabuhay Restop Travel Cafe and Museum in Rizal Park, Manila.

Below are some of the videos of the teaser performances for the musical, though many theater companies would go for localized broadway plays, Katy! stands out with nostalgia and jazz which paved way for Philippine entertainment to flourish.

Inspired by the big band era, Isay and the company showcased their ensemble singing and tap dancing flair, dazzling their audience with brisk and swinging renditions of Jazz, Broadway, Vaudeville and cabaret-type theatrics.

This, after all, is the soundtrack of Katy Dela Cruz's life - the same story that younger generations of Filipinos will get reaquainted with when the show premieres in January 2013 at the cultural Center of the Philippines' Tanghalang Aurello Tolentino (Little Theater).

The theatrical showcase serves as a teaser for the musical's 2nd run scheduled on July 25-August 4 at the Meralco Theater. The show's producer Spolight Artist Centre, fulfills its promise of restaging the show for theater fans who faile to catch it during its initial run last January at the CCP little theater.

Juding from he fully-packed performances, enthusiastic, audience response, and the very generous reviews they garnered during the limited run, Isay and the entire production team feel vindicated knowing that they built a beacon of hope and inspiration for the local theater industry and OPM as well.

Led by Isay Alvares-Sena in the title role the powerhouse cast, comprised of Tirso Cruz III, Dulce, Lou Veloso, Gian Magdangal, Epy Quizon, Tricia Amper-Jimenez, Aicelle Santos and other seasoned stage performers, wowed the audience with selecte excerpts from the original Filipino musical.

The musical, originally staged i the 80's, chronicles the inspiring story of legendary Filipina Jazz chanteuse Katy Dela Cruz, who rose from the ranks to become one of the most illustrous internationally-acclaimed and highest-paid performers of her time.

From the 1930s onwards, throughout a prolific career that streched out to more than six decades, the iconic stage livewire endeared herself to both foreign and local audiences with her mesmerizing stage presence, classic style of elegance, as well as her playful wit and irreverence.

Interested show buyers may also avail of premium discounts for special booking packages with guaranteed return of investment.

Katy! the musical last January was directed by Nestore Torre and for its second run it will be Lou Veloso, with the original music composed by Ryan Cayabyab and interpreted live by the AMP Nonet Band under the baton of Musical director Mel Villena. The libreto is Jose Javier Reyes. 

Katy! is a licensed property of Actors Studio East Production Inc.

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