"...ZsaZsa Zaturnnah ze Muzikal -- adapted from the comic book by Chris Martinez with direction by Chris Millado -- has (are you ready for this?) sashayed its way to a spot in the hallowed selection of local theater classics, the way Nick Joaquin's Portrait of the Artist as a Filipino or Alberto S. Florentino's The World is an Apple or Wilfredo Ma. Guerrero's Wanted: A Chaperone or Orlando Nadres's Hanggang Dito na Lamang at Maraming Salamat are constantly returned to, again and again." --from the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot
Congratulations once again to the highly-talented peeps at Tanghalang Pilipino for yet another successful run of the Zaturnnah musical. Mucho thanks, as well, to everyone who took time out to catch this 6th run. I was at the CCP during most of the shows to sign books and programs and smile for photographs, and it's always a treat to see some old faces who couldn't get enough of the show. Gawsh, it's been three years and 70+ performances, and the energy of the audiences has consistently run high--sometimes even profoundly manic--despite the audio tech pitfalls.
There'd be those who'd ask me when the next book's going to come out, and my blood pressure rises on cue. At this point I hesitate to give a comprehensive update, but suffice to say I'm making progress with the Nth story revision. And each new revision proves to be better than the previous one, at least to me. The challenge is a new job that I've recently accepted--I can't tell for sure how much of my time's going to be devoted to my new responsibilities. I'm praying, knees on salt and all, that I'll be able to squeeze in precious drawing time without sacrificing quality. The more solid a shape this new story's been taking, the more excited I've become. Must. Get. It. Out.
I will be posting new pages soon. That's definite. But once again, please accept my apologies for keeping you waiting. I assure you that my bloodletting continues.
Which leads me to ask you guys: is it okay if I entrust the drawing chores of Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila to another capable artist?