Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady gives the millennial feels


Box-office musical based on Carlo Vergara's comic book Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady is one of my favorite local productions in the theater scene. When it played two runs at the PETA Theater Center and Onstage, the soundtrack was playing for weeks on my playlist. The amazing lyrics and visual effects topped with amazing actors and actresses, KPANLL etched its mark on my memory and heart.

This year, a young group of thespians will adapt the musical and gets a reimagining on the life of Mely being a housemaid of the most trusted superheroes, the Fuwerza Filipinas. Falling in love with Leading Man while saving the world from the villainous Kayumanggilas. Ateneo Blue Repertoy group offers KPANLL as their finale performance with this spectacular production and will run for 2 weeks, from April 19 to 30.
Ateneo BlueRep's creative team led by director Issa Manalo Lopez, known for her performances in politically-charged pieces I and Colonized. Kevin Maske adds new lyrics and songs from the Vincent de Jesus originals. Delphine Buencamino gives her take on the choreography. J Laspuña, whose previous soundscape collaborations include “Disco1081”, “I”, and “Kapit” does Sound Design.  Carlo Tabije and Ben Padero, the award-winning Production Designers of the film “Heneral Luna”, creates the highly imaginative Set and Costumes. Joseph Matheu, Lighting Designer and Co-Producer of Twinbill’s “Asher Lev”, does the Lights Design.

The cast boasts of up and coming talented young actors of Philippine theatre. Natasha Cabrera, who previously played Viva in the musical’s commercial run, comes back to the production to play Mely – (Maid of Fuwerza Filipinas). She shares the role with EJ Pepito of PETA’s “3 Stars and a Sun”. Jerome Fugoso plays Senyor Blangko (Lead Super Villain of Kayumanggilas). Ateneo blueREP’s Kassandra Barnes and Ashe Uy alternate as Viva (Mely’s younger sister), Hans Braga as Leading Man (Newest Member of Fuwerza Filipinas), and Arianna Norton as Madre de Dios (Lead Superhero of Fuwerza Filipinas).

For ticket inquiries, please contact Stephanie Escuadro at 09568452030 or reserve through blueREP’s website: bluerepertory.org/tickets

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