Huzzah! (Or is that, hu-zsa?) It’s always good to hear that the Zsazsa Zaturnnah musical is back (from Feb 18 – March 13), and with a cast that includes Gabe Mercado as Didi. I caught the show way back during its second run, I think, and enjoyed it immensely, so I highly recommend it. Tickets tend to get grabbed up fairly quickly, so buy early if you’re interested. Here’s the official word from the CCP Tumblr:
Tanghalang Pilipino concludes its 24th Season with the power-packed return of its longest running, award-winning original musical comedy. Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal…Vack With A Vengeance – the production’s 7th run – will be staged at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philipines, on February 18 to March 13. The production is bound to wow the audience yet again and all the more with its brilliant, quirky, uninhibited ka-pow! PLUS an astounding new set design by Gino Gonzales, a powerhouse cast featuring Ms. Eula Valdez as Zsa zsa Zaturnnah; Ms Pinky Amador as Zaturnnah’s equally vonggacious nemesis, Queen Femina Suarestalla Baroux; the much anticipated new Dodong, the gorgeously hunky Rocky Salumbides; and more surprise elements incorporated into this year’s staging!
Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah is a powerful and voluptuous superheroine with glorious red hair and brawny physique, reminiscent of the DC Comics character Wonder Woman and the classic Filipino superhero Darna. The distinct difference is the sexuality of her alter ego Ada, who is an effeminate homosexual male. The proprietor of a small town beauty salon, Ada receives a huge spiky stone that, when ingested, physically transforms him into Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah – who will save the world from giant frogs, zombies, and intergalactic Amazons. The fictional comic book superheroine is created by Filipino comic illustrator and graphic designer Carlo Vergara. The character first appeared in the graphic novel, Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsa zsa Zaturnnah (The Spectacular Adventures of Zsazsa Zaturnnah), originally self-published in two parts in December 2002, and won a National Book Award in 2003.
The graphic novel was then adapted into a stage musical by Chris Martinez for Tanghalang Pilipino. With well renowned Vincent de Jesus spearheading lyrics, composition and musical direction; and award-winning director Chris Millado on board, Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal never ceases to astonish its growing and diversifying audience from its first staging in 2006. This year, guests can once again expect to be taken another notch higher.
Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal…Vack With A Vengeance opens on February 18 and runs until March 13.