Cebu’s runaway theatrical hit—the original “Bisrock” (or “Visayan Rock”) jukebox musical—“Gugmang Giatay” will be holding limited shows in Manila during BGC Passionfest.
Written by award-winning songwriter Jude Gitamondoc and Internet sensation Rowell “Medyo Maldito” Ucat, Gugmang Giatay is (a) typical romantic comedy, with a good dose of maoy moments, hugot lines, and acerbic Bisaya humor.
The musical features landmark Bisaya hit songs, both contemporary and classic, written by such iconic talents as Max Surban, CattskiEspina, InsoyNiñal, Jude Gitamondoc, MedyoMaldito, and Junior Kilat, among others.
The play will be on November 26, 4 p.m., and again from November 28 to 30, 8 p.m. All Manila performances will be at the Globe Auditorium of the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Taguig.
Gugmang Giatay’s story will begin in a small, close-knit neighborhood that becomes #shookt (a slang for shocked) when Inday, a down-to-earth girl, lets slip that all is not well in her relationship with Undo, her long-time musician boyfriend.
A surprising sequence of events ensue as gossip, pretense, and confessions lead them and their closest friends and associates to address the situation in their own well-meaning but often misguided ways, leading to even more complications. The disparate group proves that while love is indeed accursed, it can lead to surprisingly desirable ends, if one lets it.
The Manila staging of Gugmang Giatay will feature award-winning actor Bong Cabrera in the role of Ben. Cabrera is known for his role in the 2011 film “Sa Ilalim ng Tulay,” for which he won the award for Best Actor in the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival. He also won Best Supporting Actor for the 2013 film The Guerilla is a Poet in the CineFilipino Film Festival.
Other cast members include Von Saw, Lourdes May Maglinte, ShiellaPestaño-Gemperoa, Shane Reseroni, JoerGallur, Paola Pia San Diego, JeyveDaño, Jan Echevarria, DavelynCuenco, Heidi Pogoy, AlemGarcia, Malaya Macaraeg, Kristian Ray Malintad, Dion Cecilio, LauireTul-id and Dustin Tagalog.
Producer Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson revealed that she backed the stage musical because she believes it has the power to touch lives. “I had fun reading the first draft to the final uncensored book,” she said.
“I could not let go of it! I love it so much and I believe that Filipinos deserve to see it on stage. It has the potential to transform the theater scene here in Cebu and hopefully make Cebuanos a more supportive and engaging audience,” the producer added.
Genuinely funny and entertaining, Gugmang Giatay also aims to elevate local pop culture to the musical stage.