NOT Robert Seña’s baby
Written and photographed
By Jude Bautista
A day before KATY the Musical’s opening, I was able to shoot a few pics backstage during rehearsals. KATY runs from January 17-27, 2013 at the CCP, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. Cast member Sheenly V. Gener walked by in her pregnant manang costume not wanting to be photographed. Executive producer Robert Seña was on the cell putting out last minute fires. When I asked to shoot them together, the two consummate theater artists immediately got into character for a funny pose.
The following night for the preview Seña made an appearance during intermission apologizing for not introducing the show as everyone was excited to perform. He also thanked sponsors PLDT and SM Supermalls.
During a video interview of Gian Magdangal (Peping), Epy Quizon (Dolfo) was in drag crawling up his shoulder. Life backstage is somewhat a peek into the lives of performers. That’s what KATY is, it gives us an intimate, lyrical journey into those lives , their triumphs and tragedies.
Isay Alvarez gave a stirring vocal performance during the press preview. Aicelle Santos, can hardly be considered as a revelation as the most celebrated Pinoy Pop Superstar from GMA 7. Aicelle was tailor made for the part, Isay and her could almost be twins. After the preview I overheard an audience member saying “It was even better than the 1987 performance.”
KATY Dela Cruz’s immortal words (quoted and translated by Ibarra Mateo): “Walang kinalaman ang mga manonood sa nangyayari sa likod ng tanghalan.” (The show must go on whatever is happening or condition of the talents.) The statement was born out of her desire to shield audiences from the tragedies of performer’s lives. Watch KATY, learn and celebrate the talent and rich musical history that has already been forgotten.