“Binondo, A Tsinoy Musical”, the original musical written by Ricky Lee, Gershom Chua, and Eljay Deldoc, from the original story by Rebecca Chuaunsu, is returning for one weekend only, from July 12-14, at The Theatre at Solaire.
Set in Manila’s pre-martial law days, the musical tells the story of Lily, a Filipina night club singer, and Ah Tiong, a mainland Chinese scholar, who fall in love during a tumultuous time. Vying for Lily’s heart is her childhood friend Carlos, a local Chinese-Filipino who is forced to confront his feelings for Lily.
Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Arman Ferrer, and Noel Rayos will be returning as Lily, Ah Tiong, and Carlos respectively. Joining them are Mariella Laurel (Jasmine), Jim Pebangco, Lorenz Martinez, Khalil Kaimo, Rhapsody Li, Ellrica Laguardia (Koro), Ima Castro (Mrs. Dela Rosa), Ashley Mickaela Factor (Rubi), Dondi Ong (Mr. Chua), Kay Balajadia (Mrs. Chua), Jennifer dela Cruz (Lourdes), Elizabeth Chua (Mrs. Zhang), Russell Magno (Mr. Zhang), Jonel Mojica (Ge Lao), and Philip Deles (Swing).
SNEAK PEEK: “Binondo” Cast Sings Excerpts from the Show
The ensemble includes Cheeno Uy Macaraig, Carlos Deriada, Jr., Daniel Joseph Cruz, Dusty Suarez, Patrick Paul Clark, Randy Rey, Rence Aviles, Romcel Brinquiz, Roy Iringan, Ryan Caraan, VJ Cortel, Xander Pineda, Janine Tolentino, Julia Chua, Precious Sementilla, Douglas Nierras Powerdance – Christaliza Sawada-Dabaluz, Froilan Dabaluz, Divine Dacles, Ronald Policarpio, Ricmar Policarpio, Joshua Orbasido, Katlyn Kate Jacob, Cheska Quimno, and Jay R Aguvida Calumpiano.
Von de Guzman, the show’s composer, has revealed the track list of the album. All of the songs will be performed by the current cast members, except the songs “Ang Pag-ibig ay Disco”, which will be performed by Carla Guevara Laforteza and David Ezra, who alternated as Lily and Ah Tiong in the 2018 run, and “Mahal Kita”, which will be performed by Valderrama-Martinez and 2018 Carlos alternate Floyd Tena. You can find the track list below:
1. Dito sa Binondo (Lily, Koro, Taumbayan)
2. The Moon Represents My Heart- music by Weng Ching-Hsi and lyrics by Sun Yi (Lily, Ah Tiong, Carlos, Koro, Taumbayan)
3. Kung Sino nga bang Una ay Siya Ring Huli (Ah Tiong)
4. Ako ay Pilipino (Carlos)
5. Mahal Kita (Lily, Carlos)
6. Ang Pag-ibig ay Disco (Lily, Ah Tiong, Mrs. De La Rosa, Lourdes)
7. Masasaktan Ka Lang, Anak (Mrs. De La Rosa)
8. Eternity (Lily, Ah Tiong, Koro, Taumbayan)
9. Paghihintay (Lily)
10. Minamahal, Ibiibig (Ah Tiong, Jasmine)
11. Patawad (Ruby)
12. Sa Bawat Sulok ng Binondo (Full Company)
You can buy the cast album for P500 at the theater lobby from tonight until the end of the run this Sunday, July 14.
Members of the show’s creative team also include Joel Lamangan (director), Douglas Nierras (choreographer), Joey Nombres (lighting designer), and Otto Hernandez (production designer and technical director).