Tabing Ilog the Musical, which is set to open on March 7 at the Dolphy Theater, has finally announced its full cast!
The upcoming production is a stage adaptation of ABS-CBN’s TV series Tabing Ilog, a teen drama series that focused on friendships and tackled teenage problems. Top-billed by John Lloyd Cruz, Kaye Abad, Patrick Garcia, Paula Peralejo, Paolo Contis, Desiree del Valle, Baron Geisler, and Jodi Sta. Maria, it aired from 1999-2003.
“What set Tabing Ilog apart was that it tackled the realities of teenagers growing up at the time,” said Raymund Dizon, business unit head of Star Hunt and executive producer of the original series. The show did not shy away from topics like teenage pregnancies, pre-marital sex, bitter arguments with parents, alcoholism– themes that are still very relevant today.
As previously reported, the show will be directed by Topper Fabregas, with a book by Jade Castro, and music, lyrics, arrangement, and musical direction by Vincent A. DeJesus. Joining them in the artistic team are Riza Romero (production designer), JM Cabling (choreographer), Meliton Roxas (lighting designer), and Glendfford Malimban (sound designer).
The cast includes actors from the theater scene as well as TV personalities from ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) and Star Hunt, and members of Filipino idol girl group MNL48.
Eds delos Santos will be played by theater actor Gab Pangilinan, and PBB’s Kiara Takahashi and Abi Kassem. Rovic Mercado will be played by theater actor Ian Pangilinan, and PBB’s Sky Quizon and Hanie Jarrar. Badong Magtibay will be played by PBB’s Batit Espiritu and Emjay Savilla. James Collantes will be played by PBB’s Jem Macatuno, Gian Wang, and Gabby Sarmiento. Fonzy Ledesma will be played by theater actor Vino Mabalot and PBB’s Argel Saycon and Star Hunt alumni Elyson de Dios. George Fuentebella will be played by theater actor Miah Canton and MNL48’s Abby Trinidad and Belle Delos Reyes. Corrine Ledesma will be played by theater actor Teetin Villanueva and PBB’s Lou Yanong and Missy Quino. Jerry Ricafort will be played by theater actors Justine Narciso, Krystal Kane, and PBB’s Shawntel Cruz. Ely will be played by theater actor Franco Ramos, Ian Hermogenes, and PBB’s Art Guma. Sammy Collantes will be played by theater actor and Star Hunt’s Noel Comia Jr., MNL 48’s Brei Binuya, and PBB’s Lie Reposposa.
The adult cast includes theater and film actors Jojit Lorenzo, Paolo O’Hara, Joann Co, and Agot Isidro.
The musical will run from March 7 to April 26 at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater in Quezon City. VIP tickets are P2500, orchestra side tickets are P1,500, Balcony Center tickets are P1,200, and Balcony Side tickets are P1,000. You can buy tickets exclusively at ktx.ph.