A new musical about Filipinos working abroad is set to be staged at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo in CCP this July.
Bayan Bayanan is set in Europe, told through the perspective of a Filipino scholar sent to Geneva for further studies but was enamored with France and falls for a French girl. It will also tell stories of other Filipinos and their experience of building a “community of home” wherever they are in the world.
Based on a play written by Bienvenido M. Noriega Jr., it is directed by Anton Juan. He is also part of the musical’s team of librettists and composers that also include Cleofe Guancgo-Casambre, Russ Narcies-Cabico, Andrew Bryan Sapigao, Jonathan Cruz, and a special song from Jerry Dadap.
Musical Arranger is Jonathan Cruz, Stage Designer is Ohm David, Lighting Designer is Meliton Roxas, Jr.
The large ensemble of actors include Banaue Miclat-Janssen, Ava Olivia P. Santos, Carlo Angelo Falcis, Abigail Sulit, Jacinta Remulla, Carlo Mañalac, Greg de Leon, Roxie Aldiosa, Christine Angelica Evangelista, Kendrick Tamayo, Richard Macaroyo, Timothy Carlo Racho, Jane Florence Wee, Matteo Teehankee, Adrian de Ubago, Karina Macaspac, and Uno Zigelbaum.
The musical will run from July 15 to 17, with 7PM shows on July 15 and 16, and a 3PM show on July 17.
Tickets will go on sale at a later date.