“Magnificat,” possibly the only religious musical play that has had the highest number of staging in local theater history, is due for another run in September and October.
The play, written and directed in its original version by Nestor Torre Jr. is now being presented by Lyric Opera of the Philippines (LyrOpera) headed by Sherwin Sozon as executive producer.
Sozon says the presentation is a totally new staging of the 1996 musical whose music was composed by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab.
“Magnificat,” Torre’s tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary, so far has a total of more than 200 stagings in different parts of the country.
Developed by Torre as a traveling theater piece, it was staged in a wide range of venues including theater halls, churches, gymnasiums, gardens, hospitals and living rooms of homes.
A sung-through religious musical about the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of His Mother, the theater production had also successful presentations in Araneta Coliseum, Meralco
Theater and Cuneta Astrodome.
Cayabyab says “Magnificat” must have been the most difficult musical he has ever done.
This time around, “Magnificat” is directed by noted filmmaker Laurice Guillen and staged at the Music Museum in Greenhills on September 27 and 28, October 4 and 5 and October 11 and 12.
Young Mary is played by new discovery Alyssa Evangelista, who makes her debut through this production.
The older Mary is played by Pinky Marquez-Cancio, who originated the role. Ana Feleo plays Mary on certain days.
Jesus is played by Al Gatmaitan.
Tickets are available at TicketWorld and other outlets.