I have been told to push my weight around to get extra complimentary tickets, but those who know me can attest that that ain't my style. As much as I wish that I could have a "special show" where all my friends can watch for free, that's not really possible at this point. *pout*
When TP staged the musical Himala, they had a successful run at the intimate Huseng Batute theater, the same venue of the Zaturnnah musical. With that feather in their cap, they moved the musical to the larger Aurelio Tolentino venue as a bigger production with a bigger budget. I'm crossing fingers that the Zaturnnah musical will take a step in that direction as well.
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Friday opening night had Gretchen Barretto, Bayani Agbayani, Smokey Manoloto, Calvin Millado and Klaudia Koronel in the audience. During curtain call, I stepped to the stage, acknowledged the cast, was given roses, then took my bow. The feeling was like getting the National Book Award three years ago. Everything was a blur, and the applause sounded muffled. I was off the stage as quickly as I got on it. Hindi nakayanan ng powers ko ang "basking in the limelight." The representative from Visual Print told me that she was able to sell 21 copies of the book.
After Saturday night's show, I confirmed with Eula that she'll be doing all shows. Agot will be in all except three shows, if I remember correctly. (And this is, of course, given that they don't get sick or anything...knocking on wood.) But her alternate Kalila Aguilos does a great job as Queen Femina. And thank God my grandmother liked the show--she went into the theater without any clue what she was about to watch.
One week down. Three more weeks to go.