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Ang Huling El Bimbo (musical)

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This article is about the jukebox musical. For the Eraserheads song, see Ang Huling El Bimbo.

Ang Huling El Bimbo
a musical featuring the songs of the most iconic 90's band
2019 promotional poster
PremiereJuly 20, 2018: Newport Performing Arts Theatre, Metro Manila
Productions2018
2019

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Ang Huling El Bimbo is a jukebox musical featuring the hits of the Filipino band, Eraserheads. The official name of the musical is Ang Huling El Bimbo: a musical featuring the songs of the most iconic 90's band.[1] The musical features the lyrics and melodies of at least 40 of the band's songs.[2]

The first run debuted on July 20, 2018 and ended on September 2, 2018.[3][4][5] The second production ran from March 1 to April 6, 2019,[4][6] and from July 5 to August 18, 2019.[7] A recorded 2019 performance of the Blue Team was shown on YouTube and Facebook from May 8 until May 9, garnering a total of 7 million views in 48 hours.[8] Iwant TFC Online, ABS-CBN's online platform geared for audience overseas, will be showing a pay-per-view 2019 performance of the Red Team from September to November 2020.[9] For Philippine viewers, the digital platform KTX.PH will be showing a pay-per-view 2019 performance of the Red Team on November 28-29, 2020.[10]

The musical is written by Dingdong Novenario and directed and choreographed by Dexter Santos,[11] with musical direction by Myke Salomon.[1] The music is provided by a live band and an orchestra under the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Rodel Colmenar.[12] The set design is by Gino Gonzales and the lighting design is by Monino Duque.[13]

Background[edit]

The musical has always been a dream by director Dexter Santos to create. He first watched the band perform when he was just a Theatre Arts college student in University of the Philippines Baguio back in the 1990s.[2] From then on, he has been a fan.

Now a teacher in University of the Philippines Diliman, Santos requires his Theatre Arts students to perform an hour-long piece based on an Eraserheads song.[2]

Plot[14][edit]

Act 1[edit]

The show opens with someone dancing. As the light goes dim, a corpse is shown. The next scene then shows three men, Emman, Anthony, and Hector, having problems with work. (“Poor Man’s Grave”/“Slo Mo”/“Walang Nagbago”). They are then called to inform them that Joy Manawari has died (“Waiting For The Bus”/“Anong Nangyari Dito”).

Three young men named Emmanuel “Emman” M. Azarcon, Anthony “AJ” F. Cruz, Jr., and Hector Q. Samala are being sent off to college by their parents ("Bahay Namin"/“Waiting For The Bus”), who then become roommates (“Minsan Sa May Kalayaan”/“Alapaap”/“Tindahan Ni Aling Nena”).

Back in present day, the police officer questions the connection of Joy to three of them (“Ligaya”). A flashback shows them being introduced to their CAT commandant, Arturo Banlaoi, their student leader, Andre Antonio, and a fried banana seller, Joy Manawari. Joy lives with her Tiya Dely and they run a karinderya named Toyang’s (“Lightyears”/“Pare Ko”/“Ligaya”/“Shirley”/“Tikman”).

Andre breaks up with Joy because of Banlaoi (“Ligaya”/“Tama Ka”). The trio tries to comfort her, and vice versa (“Huwag Kang Matakot”/“Sembreak”/“Hey Jay”/ “Huwag Kang Matakot”). Back in present day, Banlaoi makes the trio wait for Joy's daughter (“Maaalalahanin”).

Another flashback shows them ditching their graduation rehearsals for a joyride to Antipolo (“Alapaap”/“Fill Her”). They are interrupted by drunk men who then take the trio hostage while they take advantage of Joy.

Act 2[edit]

In the midst of graduates, she tries to find the three boys but they are evasive (“With A Smile”). Joy has flashbacks of that fateful night (“Spoliarium”). Banlaoi forces Tiya Dely and Joy to sell beer and girls at Toyang's so the business won’t close (“Tikman”/“Paru-parong Ningning”). Tiya Dely confronts Joy about her late nights. They plan to go back to the province but Banlaoi makes Joy stay behind so she can become his drug mule (“Kilala”/“Balikbayan Box”/“Alkohol”).

Joy is now older, and still works as a drug mule for Banlaoi to provide for her daughter Ligaya/“With A Smile”/“Spoliarium”). Joy tries to contact the trio but they are busy: Hector with his TV series (“Maskara”). Emman with his work and wife (“Poor Man’s Grave”/“Magasin”), and Anthony about his sexuality (“Kailan”/“Torpedo”/“Kaliwete”). Several women confront Hector (“Walang Nagbago”/“Huwag Mo Nang Itanong”/“Maselang Bahaghari”/“Umaaraw Umuulan”). Joy goes back to the house and writes a letter for Ligaya (“Ligaya"/"Spoliarium”). The trio is seen fighting (“Spoliarium”). Joy calls them but no one answers, and is then hit by a vehicle (“Wating”).

Tiya Dely and Ligaya enter the morgue (“Fill Her”/“Ligaya”). Banlaoi tries to give them money but they refuse. Hector tells Tiya Dely that they would shoulder the funeral costs. Ligaya talks to the trio and they promise to take care of her (“Ang Huling El Bimbo”).

Roles and Principal Casts[14][15][edit]

Principal Casts
Character 2018 2019 (Red Team) 2019 (Blue Team)
Joy Manawari Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo Carla Laforteza Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo
Hector Samala Gian Magdangal David Ezra Gian Magdangal
Emman Azarcon OJ Mariano Myke Salomon OJ Mariano
Anthony/AJ Cruz Jon Santos Rafa Siguion-Reyna Jon Santos
Young Joy Tanya Manalang Gab Pangilinan
Young Hector Reb Atadero Bibo Reyes
Young Emman Boo Gabunada Vic Robinson/Nicco Manalo Boo Gabunada
Young AJ Topper Fabregas Lance Reblando Phi Palmos
Tiya Dely Shiela Francisco
Arturo Banlaoi Jamie Wilson Paulo O'Hara Jamie Wilson

Principal Characters[edit]

  • Joy Manawari - A young woman who helps her aunt run a small eatery inside a college campus. To augment their earnings, she also sells afternoon snacks to the students
  • Hector Samala - A film student looking to learn more about directing and filming in a local college before flying out to attend a film school in New York.
  • Emman Azarcon - A provincial student aspiring to become a lawyer. He is the first person in their family to attend college in the city.
  • AJ Cruz - A Business Management student abused by his father for being gay.
  • Tiya Dely - Joy Manawari's aunt. She runs a small eatery called Toyang's that serves affordable meals for college students.
  • Arturo Banlaoi - A CAT college commandant-turned-councilor who runs an illicit drug trade.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "'Ang Huling El Bimbo'—why it's using Eheads songs, but can't be called an Eheads musical". Inquirer Lifestyle. 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jesus, Totel V. de (2018-07-19). "From 'Kundiman' to 'El Bimbo': Dexter Santos fulfills a dream with Eraserheads musical". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  3. "'Ang Huling El Bimbo'—why it's using Eheads songs, but can't be called an Eheads musical". Inquirer Lifestyle. 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "'Ang Huling El Bimbo' Announces 2019 Rerun". TheaterFansManila.com. 2018-09-03. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  5. Vijandre, Ricky Toledo,Chito. "'Ang Huling El Bimbo': A stirring dance through life". Philstar.com. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  6. "WATCH: "Ang Huling El Bimbo" Returns with New Cast Members". TheaterFansManila.com. 2019-02-01. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  7. www.rwmanila.com https://www.rwmanila.com/web/ang-huling-el-bimbo/. Retrieved 2020-11-01. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. "'Ang Huling El Bimbo the Musical' to stream online for free". 2020-06-29. Archived from the original on 2020-06-29. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  9. News, ABS-CBN (2020-08-20). "'Ang Huling El Bimbo' coming to TFC Online in September". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  10. Corporation, ABS-CBN. "KTX.PH streams Nina,Erik Santos concerts, 'Ang Huling El Bimbo:The Musical' this November | ABS-CBN Corporate". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  11. www.rwmanila.com https://www.rwmanila.com/web/ang-huling-el-bimbo/. Retrieved 2020-11-01. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. "A JOYRIDE OF FEELS". Manila Bulletin. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  13. Vijandre, Ricky Toledo,Chito. "'Ang Huling El Bimbo': A stirring dance through life". Philstar.com. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "A JOYRIDE OF FEELS". Manila Bulletin. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  15. "Ang Huling El Bimbo (musical)". Eraserheads Wiki. Retrieved 2020-11-01.



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