Then there's rumors a-buzzing that the musical will make overseas curtain calls in Japan and the US. Again, these are still rumors. For the past how many weeks, I've been getting texts asking me to confirm a few rumors to which I'm near-oblivious to, but I guess that's all part of the deal.
One of those rumors involves Jennylyn Mercado playing Zaturnnah in the film adaptation. However, the most recent development has Rufa Mae Quinto and Ogie Alcasid as all-systems-go to play Zaturnnah and Ada, respectively. In a television interview, Zsazsa Padilla had expressed desire to play Zaturnnah, though I'm not privy to the whole casting background story. Mark Meilly (Crying Ladies, La Visa Loca) will be helming the project, and I'm currently reviewing the screenplay penned by Dinno Erece.
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Last night during the show, director Chris Millado asked me if I was open to having them set up a table so I could sign books. A part of me wasn't really comfy with that; I was really content just standing at the corner of the lobby and observing the audience attack the cast for sutographs and photos. But apparently the sales level of the books was directly proportional to how visible I was, so I agreed. (I wore the mask of the giant frog for a while, but it was hard to talk to people.) I swear, I've never been photographed that many times in a span of thirty minutes.
It's weird. When the buzz about Zaturnnah was beginning to spread more than I had expected, I would tell friends that I've created a monster, albeit a booby "babaeng bakla" bombshell. (That's four B's for you.) And until now I wonder if there was some kind of formula to it. I have some idea, but it hasn't taken a definite shape. Maybe someone can study it in some kind of academic fashion, I don't know.
I'm trying not to be bothered by the pressure about the graphic novel sequel, though I admit that it's rapping at a window in my brain, like a visitor I want to let in but can't. There were times when I've been tempted to say there WON't be a sequel just to get the issue out of the way, but I know of people who'll lovingly rake my eyes out. Though the chores that have kept me tied down all April have been substantially dealt with, they're not fully done. And there's more coming in still. *sigh* One at a time, Carlo. One at a time. You just have to keep going.
And keep breathing.
Photo courtesy of Paolo Manalo.